Washington, Missouri's annual festival is in its 34th (!) year, and it's not hard to see why. Enjoy snacks, gourment foods, complimentary cheese and crackers, wine tastings, food and wine pairings, an art fair, live music and more at the weekend-long celebration. Friday from 5 to 10 pm, Saturday from 11 am to 8 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm. There are many free events, and Winefest tickets start at $15. Find more information at downtownwashmo.org.
Adventures with Cocktails at the Missouri Botanical Garden
Local distilleries are teaming up with the Botanical Garden for this adults-only event that benefits the Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden. A $35 ticket (or $25 for garden members) gets you a tasting cup, appetizers, distillery samplings and live music. Distilleries include Mastermind Vodka, Lion's Tooth Dandelion Liqueur, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Square One Brewing and Distilling, the St. Louis Distillery and more. From 5:30 to 8 pm. Tickets are available for purchase here.
Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest at Busch Stadium
Before Saturday's baseball game between the Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers, a few brave souls will cram as many hot dogs as they can into their mouths in ten short minutes. The top male and female finishers will qualify for a spot in the national competition on July 4th on Coney Island. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut, who ate 69 hot dogs in ten minutes, will be overseeing the event. The hot dog eating contest starts at noon, and you can sign up to be a competitor here.
"Enjoy the bites, sights and sounds of Maplewood, as well as live music, at the 7th annual Taste of Maplewood Street Festival. Vendors will battle for bragging rights in the Best of the Taste of Maplewood food and drink contest, judged by George Mahe of St. Louis Magazine, Lern from KSHE95 and Feast's own Catherine Neville." Admission is free. Noon to 9 pm. Find more information at maplewood-chamber.com.
Triple Crown Series Throwdown at Sanctuaria
The Kentucky Derby is over, American Pharaoh has to win the second race in the Triple Crown series to take the whole thing. Come watch the Preakness Stakes and compete in the "Dress Your Bet" contest. Special menu items include crab cakes and East Coast-fried oyster sliders, plus Mint Juleps, Black-Eyed Susans and more. Doors open at 3 pm.
"A collection of luxury estate homes awaits you just outside St. Louis, along Interstate 44 near Eureka, where the Meramec bends around rolling hills blanketed with trees. Join Payne Family Homes and Feast Magazine for an open house party highlighting this prestigious new community, The Forest at Pevely Homes. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvre buffet with wine and beer pairings, including Strawberry Rhubarb Chicken Satay from Butler's Pantry, which will be paired with 2014 Autumn Blush from Noboleis Vineyards & Winery in Augusta, Missouri." From 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free.
Pub Crawl at the St. Louis Renaissance Fair in Wentzville
Every day of the 2015 festival (this weekend through June 14) there is a pub crawl at 2 pm. Grab a Renaissance Festival mug, answer some trivia and enjoy three beers and three different pubs at the fair. Must be 21 years old. Tickets are $20 per person, available here.
Head to House Springs, Missouri for this annual festival celebrating the area's German history. You know there will be delicious food because it's hosted by the German Cultural Society. Grab traditional German food and drink for purchase and enjoy live music both days. Saturday from 4 to 11 pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information visit germanstl.org.
Strawberry Festival at Eckert’s Country Store
Bring the kids for the "old-fashioned, All-American festival" in Belleville, Illinois. Wagon rides are free, but you may want to spring for pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides and of course, strawberry treats in the bakery, custard shop and restaurant. Saturday, Sunday and May 30 and 31 from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call 618-233-0513.
Grand Opening at Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Creamery
Clementine's is known for its collaborations with St. Louis powerhouses like Pappy's, Elaia, Cleveland-Heath, Pi and more. Owner Tamara Keefe is finally opening in Lafayette Square this weekend, and the first 50 people to the party will get a special gift. Be sure to try Clementine's naughty selections — they're boozy.
"Please join us for fine wine and delicious food at an event that helps raise funds to support Five Acres Animal Shelter. We will have a wine, beer and food tasting, silent and live auctions, raffle and a live acoustic performance by Josh Kelley." Tickets are $75 per person or $150 for VIP, available at fiveacresanimalshelter.org.
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