The annual Tomato Festival is back this weekend.

Enjoy a traditional Filipino feast, go crazy for tomatoes or watch a live Monarch butterfly release with a cocktail in hand.


Monarch Butterfly Social & Release at The Monarch Bar

"Join us for a truly unique happy hour featuring a live Monarch butterfly release from the terrace of The Monarch Bar. The drink menu of this Kansas City-based, James Beard Award-Nominated cocktail bar and lounge is designed by star bartender Brock Schulte and features specialty creations inspired by the seasonal migratory pattern of the Monarch butterfly. During this exclusive event, sip on a premium butterfly-themed cocktail and learn how to promote Monarch butterfly populations by offering the right host and nectar plants in your home garden or landscape." From 5 to 7pm. Tickets are $35, including on cocktail from The Monarch and a donation to Powell Gardens, available here.

Kuwarenta - 40 Years of Food at KC Pinoy

Celebrate KC Pinoy owner Chrissy Nucum's 40th birthday with a Kamayan-style feast served on banana leaves. The menu includes siopao (steamed pork buns) and chicharong bulaklak (pork intestine cracklings); suam na mais (sweet corn soup topped with a fried prawn); adobong pusit (whole squid cooked in vinegar, garlic, spices) and inihaw na bangus (grilled milkfish stuffed with onions, tomatoes); lechon belly (fried pork belly) and sapin sapin (layered coconut and rice cake). Dinner includes one free cocktail or beer. From 5 to 8pm. Tickets are $65, available here.

Ultimate Flavors of Haiti at Mesob Restaurant

"Mesob Restaurant & Haitian Culinary Alliance Present Ultimate Flavors of Haiti, a 4 course meal with Wine Pairing & Live Entertainment featuring Kansas City's Own and Chef/Owner of Mesab restaurant Chef Cherven Desauguste and Internation & 2 times James Beard Scholar coming directly from Haiti, Chef Stephan Berrouet Durand. These two chefs will prepare an incredible dinner for you the guest with Haiti in every dish. Part of the proceeds will support the Haitian Culinary Alliance - Haiti Chefs for Education Scholorship program which supports culinary education in Haiti." From 7 to 10pm. Tickets are $50, available here.


Tomato Festival 2019 at the Brookside Farmers' Market

"We are so excited to invite you to this year's Tomato Festival! Come join us as we celebrate this illustrious fruit of the season. The day will be full of games, prizes, giveaways, and, of course, TOMATOES! We will have a tomato photo booth, beloved tomato yard games like toss the tomato, tomato hole, and of course fishing for tomatoes. We will also have a tomato contest, categories being: Ugliest, Prettiest, and Weirdest Tomatoes - and we need your votes!" From 8am to 1pm.


Chocolate And Wine Pairing with Panache at Amigoni Urban Winery

"It's time for another amazing chocolate and wine pairing event with Panache Chocolatier! Our winemakers and the team from Panache will guide you through a carefully crafted flight of chocolate delights paired with handcrafted Amigoni wine. You'll hear about the production process for each from the people behind the craft. Limited seats are available for this tasting. Don't miss out on this awesome opportunity to eat and drink local! Even if you have already attended a chocolate pairing with Amigoni and Panache, the chocolates always change so each pairing is a different experience!" From 3 to 5pm. Tickets are $50, available here.

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