Join Feast at our annual celebration of Missouri wine, beer and spirits at Taste & Toast, hit St. Louis Microfest or toast to Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby this weekend.
"Benefiting Lift for Life Gym, the 2018 St. Louis Microfest is a two-day beer-tasting festival of international and craft offerings, with more than 125 breweries pouring more than 600 beers. With three different sessions available, each Microfest ticket includes a commemorative tasting glass, access to restaurant and brewery demonstrations, and live music. Food will be available for purchase from several local food vendors. The VIP experience includes unlimited tastings of limited releases, rare craft beers and special releases not available to the general public from both local and national breweries – all in a private tent. On Friday evening, for its Star Wars theme, you'll be treated to a one-plate dinner from Iron Barley. Saturday's Cinco de Mayo theme will offer a spread of mouthwatering treats from Mission Taco Joint. " Friday and Saturday; session times vary. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $60 for VIP, available here.
"The 4th Annual Maplewood Stringfest is Friday, May 4. We are pleased to bring you an array of talented musicians all performing acoustic music on the streets of historic downtown Maplewood. Also, stop in and meet our merchants who are offering specials and open houses and grab a bite to eat or a refreshing beverage from one of our award-winning food purveyors while you stroll through the event. Participating food and drink venues include: Mauhaus, which will have a stand outside the cafe where it will sell their cold brew and hot chocolate alongside spicy back bean samosas, strawberry macarons, and s'mores PopTarts; The Muddled Pig Gastropub, which will be open regular hours with their regular menu with a food special and a drink special; Saratoga Lanes, which will have an open house, selling 16-ounce aluminum bottles of Bud, Bud Select and Bud Light, plus $4 24-ounce Pin Bottles of Saratoga's special Hurricanes; Maya Cafe, which will have a Margarita Cart and food tent selling empanadas and street tacos storefront, with inside happy hour till 7pm and food specials all night; Pie Oh My, which will be selling pie slices and squares; The Blue Duck, will have the bluegrass band Woodshine playing inside the restaurant from 7 to 9pm; Schlafly Bottleworks, which will have live music outside with Gary Hunt and Dustin Greer and of course, beer; The Benevolent King, which will have business as usual but feel free to take a seat on their wonderful patio and grab one of the many delicious signature cocktails; Kakao Chocolate, which has special Star Wars chocolates for May 4; Tapped, which will offer 20 percent off select beers and wine; Foundation Grounds Coffeehouse, which will host open mic night from 6 to 9pm, and look for food and drink specials; Larder & Cupboard, which will be selling beverages street-side, as well as hosting an open house in-store highlighting exciting new products; Vom Fass St. Louis, which will offer a wine and sangria tasting, plus a special Vom Fass cocktail and be selling wine and shots by the glass; Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, which will have an open house; The Crow's Nest, whichwill be serving drinks out front including 4 Hands draft beer, jello shots, and Rum Dumpsters (coconut and white rum, with orange, cranberry and pineapple juices); and Boogaloo, which will be featuring both food and drink specials inside as well as specialty cocktails out front." From 6 to 9pm. Admission is free with food and drink for purchase.
"An annual tradition, with a long history, Cinco De Mayo: A Cherokee Street Festival has evolved into a celebration of community and one of the largest and most diverse festivals in the St. Louis area. The 2018 Cinco De Mayo festival will take place between Nebraska and Jefferson. The festival will pack Cherokee Street with people enjoying authentic food, drinks, music, entertainment. We strive to support as many artists as possible through this event, focusing on diverse talent that reflects the attendees and multicultural backgrounds of the artists and residents that are a part of this community. Working in consortium with local arts and youth organizations, as well as St. Louis Public Schools, the Cinco De Mayo Festival provides a variety of free kid and family friendly artistic activities throughout the day, including kid’s art making areas, sports games, bouncy houses, water games, face painting, chess matches & tournaments, performance artists, fortunetelling, and much more. We host cultural activities and performances throughout the day, working with local and regional cultural organizations." From 11am to 10pm. Admission is free; find more info here.
"The city of Clayton, Missouri, is excited to host the second-annual Battle of the Badges BBQ on the evening of Sat., May 5 to benefit The Backstoppers and Responder Rescue. Competing teams will serve 2-ounce samples of barbecue pork butts, chicken and ribs. Weber Grill Restaurant will serve side dishes. Cash bars will be available courtesy of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, and entertainment will be provided by Leland’s Road." From 5 to 9pm. Tickets are $25 the day of and $20 in advance, available here.
"Join us to pay homage to Mexico's rich history and tradition at the 1st Annual Cinco de Mayo parade and celebration, starting at Aquaport at 10am. The parade route will venture down Ameling Road to McKelvey Road to Dorsett Road and ending at Casa Juarez Mexican Town. The celebration continues there with plenty of great entertainment including a petting zoo, from 11am-1pm, drink specials, contests and more! Live entertainment by the local band sensation, Kingpen from 1-4pm and DJ beginning at 4pm. VIP tables are available! This celebration focuses on family and community, so gather your family and friends and be a part of Maryland Heights history!! Parking is recommended at the old Bally’s location on Dorsett (shuttles will run from Casa Juarez from this parking lot starting at 9am. The Maryland Heights Police Department has been a great partner in making this happen and looks forward to keeping this event a safe environment for all to attend!" Celebration begings at 10am; admission is free.
"Real Mexican street food: we have it! Kitchen will be open early for the party from 12 to 11pm featuring our favorites: street tacos, guacamole, street corn, our famous giant burrito – it’s all here. We'll have two bands for Cinco de Mayo, and drink specials include $4 pints of Dos Equis; $3 Tecate cans, Sol bottles and Modelo bottles; $3 house tequila pours; $5 house Margaritas and sangria; $5 ShawShot Redemption of Tecate and tequila. We also have an expanding selection of top-shelf tequilas and mezcal. From 12 to 11pm. Admission is free.
"Enjoy the fastest two minutes in sports from 400 feet above St. Louis! Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, a bourbon tasting and one specialty cocktail. In addition you’ll also have a chance to bet on your favorite horse and dress up for our Best Dressed and Best Hat contest for a chance to win incredible prizes." From 3 to 6pm. Tickets are $45 per person; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.241.8439.
"Ladies don your hats, gents press your seersucker it is time for the party of the year, the annual Royale Derby Party. Doors open at 2pm, music starts around 3:30 and horses run just after 5. Hat Contest will be after the horses run and then the music will resume. Tickets are on sale in advance online and indoor/outdoor dining table tickets can be purchased. The hat and style contest is set to start after the winner of the Derby is announced; around 5:30pm. You must sign up UP if you want to be in the contest. Look for the fancy sign-up sheets, once you arrive Saturday, either out on the patio or indoors in case of rain." From 2 to 7:30pm. Tickets are $12 per person, available here.
"Join us at Cork and Barrel for our Spring Vendor Fair! Shop for your Mother’s Day gifts, spring and summer home décor and clothing! Support local entrepreneurs while enjoying a Cork and Barrel breakfast and Mimosas! $15 at the door gives you access to the event, breakfast buffet and a Mimosa!" From 9 to 11am.
"You're invited to the fourth-annual celebration of Midwest wine, beer and spirits! Sample award-winning beverages from across the region paired with dishes from top area restaurants. Enjoy free pours from the region's best wineries, breweries and distilleries and food samples from some of the area's best restaurants, as well as live music by J Monet. This year, Taste & Toast will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel overlooking Downtown St. Louis, and we're offering an enhanced and upgraded VIP experience. We're bringing back our educational wine and beer demo sessions, too. Participating wineries include: Augusta Winery, Balducci Vineyards, Canterbury Hill Winery and Restaurant, Chandler Hill Vineyards, Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants, Defiance Ridge Vineyards, LaChance Vineyards, Martin Brothers Winery, Missouri Wines, Montelle Winery, Noboleis Vineyards, Stone Hill Winery, The Terrace at French Village and Wild Sun Winery. Participating breweries include: 4 Hands Brewing Co., Mother's Brewing Co., Schlafly Beer and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. Participating distilleries include: Holladay Distillery, Mastermind Vodka, Pinckney Bend Distillery, Snow Leopard Vodka, StilL 630 and Till Vodka/George Remus Bourbon. There will be wine and food pairings from Burgers' Smokehouse, Edibles & Essentials and Larder & Cupboard; participating restaurants include: BaiKu Sushi Lounge, Beast Craft BBQ Co., Bleu Events, Blood & Sand, Capitalist Pig, Element, Favazza's on The Hill, The Preston, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Sister Cities Cajun, Southern and Winslow's Home. Demos this year are Everything Tastes Better With Bacon: Join us for a live cooking demo with St. Louis chefs, as they put a creative spin on cooking with bacon. Occurring in the main event area and open to all. Sponsored by Burgers' Smokehouse. Craft-Your-Own Cocktails: Join us for a free live demo with the founder of Snow Leopard Vodka, who will show us the fundamentals of crafting four classic cocktails, along with sampling, during the 30-minute session. Free. Seats are limited, and additional ticket is required to gain entrance to demo." From 2 to 5pm. Tickets are $35 per person, available here.
"Join us at The Boulevard in Richmond Heights for the first Boulevard Farmers' Market, produced in partnership with Tower Grove Farmers' Market! Peruse a range of fresh, locally-sourced produce, baked goods and hand-crafted items. Sample delicious foods, all while enjoying live music and supporting local businesses. Vendors include Dang Good Produce (fruits and veggies), Robins Apiaries (honey), Dierks Farms Grass-Fed Beef, Honey Locust Hills (jams and jellies), The Nutty Bites (sweet and spicy nut blends), Made Fare Co. (unique granolas), Prioritized Pastries (vegan and gluten-free baked goods), The Tamale Man (frozen and ready-to-eat tamales) and more!" From 10am to 2pm. Admission is free.
"Join us Sunday, May 6 for a Boozy Brunch Cooking class with Colleen Daly of Thyme of My Life! Learn how to craft some from-scratch brunch cocktails and other hands-on tricks to create the perfect brunch staples for any eater. In the class, you'll squeeze some fresh orange juice for the perfect mimosa and mash up beautiful tomatoes for scrumptious Blood Marys. Snack on sweet treats that Colleen will prepare ahead of time and then teach you how to re-create them at home. Grab your mama and make it an early Mother's Day excursion filled with quality time, cocktails and whipping up some goods eats! Class fee includes: 2-hour hands-on cooking class experience, take-home recipes, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tastings of everything made in class and a small gift." From 11am to 1pm. Tickets are $45 per person, available here.