6 food- and beer-centric events to check out in St. Louis in October
Sauce Magazine’s Harvest Festival
Sunday, Oct. 10 - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4501 Southwest Drive, St. Louis, 314.772.8004, harvestfeststl.com
Celebrate the bounty of the season at this year’s Harvest Fest taking place in Tower Grove Park. Grab a bite from one of many restaurants including The Dam, Sister Cities Cajun and Bogart’s Smokehouse. Pick up your drinks from local favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Co., Noboleis Vineyards and more. Also don’t miss out on the opportunity to shop locally made, artisanal food products and handcrafted goods while enjoying live music. Free to the public.
Brew in the Lou
Saturday, Oct. 9 - 1 to 5 p.m., Francis Park, 5399 Donovan St., St. Louis, 314.200.0797, lesastl.org/2021-brew-in-the-lou/
This fundraiser benefiting the Lutheran Elementary Schools Association (LESA) showcases 45 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Enjoy your one-stop beer and food tastings from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Stone Hill Winery, Square One Brewery & Distillery, Lucia’s Pizza, Baetje Farms and more. For admission, purchase a wristband online or at the door, or upgrade to a VIP pass (only 100 available).
St. Louis Beer Fest
Saturday, Oct. 16 - 8 to 11 p.m. (VIP access starting at 7 p.m.), St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, stlouisbeerfest.com
More than 120 beers will be on tap at the St. Louis Beer Fest as it takes over the St. Louis Science Center after hours. Here is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to sample seasonal beers from 40 breweries all while strolling through the museum and checking out cool exhibits. Participating breweries include Center Ice Brewery, Six Mile Bridge, Main & Mill Brewing Co. and more. Food sold separately. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for admission; tickets (general, designated driver and VIP) are available online only.
St. Louis Taco Week
Oct. 17 to 24, participating restaurants, stltacoweek.com
Calling all taco lovers! The second annual St. Louis Taco Week sees restaurants across town offering $5 taco specials all week long. Swing by taco spots like Terror Tacos, Taco Buddha and Diego’s Cantina to make every day Taco Tuesday. This is an eat-to-win event; grab your Taco Passports online or from one of many participating restaurants (available Oct. 17) and collect four or more stamps to be entered for a grand prize drawing as well as smaller prizes.
St. Louis VegFest 2021
Sunday, Oct. 24 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., World’s Fair Pavilion, Forest Park, 1904 Concourse Drive, St. Louis, 314.833.9946, stlouisvegfest.org
St. Louis VegFest returns to the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park with its all-vegan theme. Pick your plant-based food choices from CC’s Vegan Spot SoulVeganlicious, The Happy Bakery, Dilli Chaat Corner, Royally Baked – Vegan STL and more. Live music from Saucier will entertain visitors while they shop from vendors, and STLVegGirl Caryn Dugan and Dr. Jim Loomis will be back for a cooking demo and lecture presentation. Admission is free.
Apple Butter Festival
Oct. 30 & 31 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kimmswick, 636.464.7407, gokimmswick.com/apple-butter-festival-kimmswick/
Craving apple butter? Both days of the festival, members of the Kimmswick Historical Society gather before dawn to cook apples in a large copper kettle over a fire, preparing the creamy fruit butter to be sealed in jars. Join the festivities and enjoy live entertainment and children’s activities while shopping from nearly 600 food, drink and craft vendors lined up on the streets of Kimmswick. Must-try treats include the pretzel bread sandwich from The Dough Depot and the famous levee-high apple pie from The Blue Owl. The festival is free to attend.
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