This Memorial Day weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the Gypsy Caravan, the wonderful flea market and bazaar on the campus of the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) that serves as a robust fundraiser for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. The open-air fair attracts venders from 20 states who deal in all sorts of wares, including antiques, crafts, collectibles and jewelry. You never know what you might find as you stroll from booth to booth.
If you haven’t been to the UMSL area in a while, you might be surprised by what you find there, too. Less than 5 miles away, Ferguson Brewing Company is great spot to grab lunch.
If you’ve been perusing the Gypsy Caravan with friends, I recommend starting your meal with the dip trio. This offering has a little something for everyone: hummus, spinach artichoke dip and bruschetta. Alongside these pots of flavor and texture is a generous amount garlic cheese bread and pita – a nice way to start a meal. Of course, on what will likely be a warm day – it’s late May in St. Louis after all – be sure to check out the craft brews. The offerings change, so ask what’s on tap.
Ferguson Brewing Company, 418 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, 314.521.2220, fergusonbrewing.com
The Gypsy Caravan, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 1 University Drive. Early bird tickets (entry between 7 and 9am) for guests 12 and older, $20; General admission tickets, $10. Children under 12 are free.
Amy Burdge writes Eat It, St. Louis!, a blog dedicated to the pure love of food, the artistry and passion of those who create it and the sheer experience it provides.