This weekend offers plenty of opportunities to imbibe, from beer festivals to vodka tastings to our annual Taste & Toast at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. You can also watch several of the city's top female chefs go head to head in a competition.
"Join the Young Friends of the Garden for the twelfth annual Fest-of-Ale! Celebrate local beer as the region's microbreweries bring their best offerings to the Garden for tasting. Ticket price includes a commemorative tasting glass, beer sampling, and live music. Food available for purchase. Must be 21 or older to attend. Bring your cash for the "Biggest beer basket west of the Mississippi" raffle, sponsored by SmithAdmundsen. Event proceeds benefit the EarthWays Center." From 6 to 9pm. Tickets are $30 for MOBOT members and $40 for the general public, available here.
"Join us Friday, May 17 from 6pm-9pm at the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac for Angels' Arms 6th Annual Sip & Savor Food and Beverage Tasting Event in partnership with Dierbergs Markets! Sample incredible food alongside an array of wines, spirits and beers while enjoying music, a photo booth, unique raffle auction items and many other fun activities in the works." From 6 to 9pm. Tickets are $55 for GA or $75 for VIP, available here.
"Come drink and dine with us at Sasha’s on Shaw with Zamir Gotta, former companion of beloved travel-show host Anthony Bourdain. Zamir made appearances on No Reservations and Parts Unknown and is an all around bon vivant and worldwide traveler who makes long lasting friendships wherever he goes. His name in Russian translates to “I am for peace.” So join us at our fireside lounge on May 17th starting at 6pm, where we will be serving specialty cocktails made with Zamir Peacemaker Vodka, and meet the man himself!" From 6pm to 1:30am.
"For over a decade, the Taste of Maplewood Street Festival has been one of the most popular, beloved, and can't-miss Spring events for foodies, shoppers, and music lovers! Sutton Boulevard is transformed into a European-style, open air market featuring wares, bites, and libations from all of your favorite restaurants, cafes, and in Maplewood and Richmond Heights. Relax in our beer garden to enjoy live music on our main stage or for a more family friendly experience, check out the community stage and fun and games in Sutton Loop Park." From noon to 8pm. Free to attend.
"4 Hands Brewing Co.'s Lupulin Carnival, The Greatest Beer Show on Earth, is moving to the Big Top this year! This event is the celebration of the hop and the release of War Hammer Imperial IPA. To celebrate 4 Hands Brewing Co invites a variety of their favorite breweries from across the states to come to share a taste of their favorite beers. This is a day full amazing carnival acts, awesome tunes, carnival fare and LOTS of amazing beers!" From 1 to 5pm. Tickets are $60, available here.
"To celebrate The Dog Haus’s grand opening they are hosting a street festival with live music and vendors. I will be serving up picadillo empanadas, spicy pork empanadas, pizza empanadas, & guava empanadas with sides of sweet plantain. As always everything made from scratch! Let us know if you are attending so I make sure to prepare enough for everyone!" From 1 to 5pm.
"Cellar House is turning four years old this May! We are celebrating with oysters in the restaurant and a big wine + spirits tasting in the bottle shop. Stop in on Saturday, May 18th to help us celebrate and join in on the fun!" From 2 to 5pm.
"It's that time of year again for our annual PATIO KICKOFF AND PIG ROAST at Edibles & Essentials! Join us for our 4th installment of this awesome party on Saturday, May 18th! Featuring Live Music from Jimmy Griffin (of El Monstero, Celebration Day & The Incurables) with guest DJ Bill Reiter of The Urge and El Monstero! Enjoy Roasted Pig Plates and wash em down with ice cold Six Mile Bridge brews as they pour with us all afternoon! Mark your calendar and come kick off patio season with us!" From 2 to 10pm. Free to attend, food and drink available for purchase.
"The Cook-Off is part of Bloom, The Women’s Creative spring pop up. The four female chef contestants, Mary Bogacki of Yolklore, Samantha Mitchell of Farmtruk, Ari Jo Ellis of Morning Glory and Marianne Moore of Marianne Moore Culinary, must all cook a creative dish using the same ingredient: honey from Faust Bee Ranch, a local farm located in LaBarque Creek. Attendees will try each unique dish and vote for their favorite." From 11am to 2pm. Tickets are $25, available here.
Celebrate the best of the Midwest at the fifth-annual Feast Magazine Taste & Toast! Guests will taste from award-winning wineries, breweries and distilleries from across the region, sample dishes from top area restaurants, enjoy live music from Midlife Band, interact with local vendors and more, all inside the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis! (Additionally, we will be projecting the St. Louis Blues versus San Jose Sharks game, so you won't miss any of the action!) From 2 to 5pm. Tickets are $40 for GA and $85 for VIP, available here.