This weekend is packed with food and drink events in St. Louis. Sip local craft beers, stock up on New York-style bagels or take your pick of Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo celebrations across the city.
"What better way to start off your Cinco de Mayo weekend than with the biggest tequila tasting around! Sample over 40 different tequilas along with margaritas and ready-to-drink tequila cocktails. Visit over fifteen different vendor tables with a variety of tequilas, ranging from Blanco to Anejo, and Repo to Rosa. The price of admission is $10, which covers the cost of a tequila tasting glass. All guests with a tasting glass must be 21 or older to participate. Anyone who is a designated driver does not need to purchase a ticket, but they will not be allowed to participate in the event. The event will be held simultaneously at both the North County & South City Randall’s Wines & Spirits." From 4 to 7pm. Tickets are $10, available here.
"Hey Dog Lovers, Dog Day Fridays presented by Purina are back! Bring your furry friend(s) to the east lawn at the Grove Brewery & Bierhall every first and third Friday from 4:30 p.m. to dusk for: cold UCBC cans, grilled hotdogs and brats, games/photobooth, adoption events and more! We are teaming up with Purina for a second year to support local STL shelters! A portion of proceeds from each Dog Day Friday will benefit a weekly featured animal organization through Petfinder.com, giving fellow pet lovers and beer lovers alike a simple way to help local, adoptable pets find forever homes. Starting May 3rd, we'll feature a different local shelter at each Dog Day Friday so you can meet adoptable pets and the people who devote their time to them!" From 4:30 to 8pm.
"We have got another round of crawfish goodness coming your way THIS WEEKEND! ITS CRAWFISH FEST ROUND 2 including our Famous Louisiana Style Crawfish Boil! Come join us for our Famous Crawfish Festival and Boil on May 3rd & May 4th! We will be boiling up over 1500lbs of Crawfish over 2 days for all you Mudbug lovers out there! We will also be featuring a specials menu of over 10 different Crawfish inspired soups, apps, and entrees, including our Famous Boil for your enjoyment over the 2 day event." Friday from 5 to 11pm and Saturday from noon to 11pm or sold out.
"Join us at the 24th Annual St. Louis Microfest this May 3rd and 4th on the Upper Muny Parking lot inside beautiful Forest Park! This event is one of St. Louis' largest craft beer tasting festival and the largest fundraiser for local non profit Lift For Life Gym. St. Louis Microfest has three tasting sessions over the course of two days! The event features live music during every session, over 600 beers to sample from, Brewer's Olympics, and the MicroRun!" Friday from 6 to 10pm and Saturday from 1 to 5pm or 6:30 to 10pm. Tickets are $45 for general admission or $60 for VIP, available here.
El Burro Loco's Cinco de Mayo celebration stretches across the whole weekend. On Friday and Saturday, enjoy drink specials and shots, plus a mariachi band. Sunday's festivities, held from 11am to midnight, include tequila samples, specials on shots all day, a mariachi band and a DJ from 4 to 10pm.
"You've seen them on Food Network and The New York Times, now meet them in person at Chouquette on May 4th. What do you get when you take 2 CDC Scientists from Georgia who both enjoy competitive pie baking in their spare time? You get Blue Ribbon Champions! Pie Experts Chris Taylor and Paul Arguin will join us in the shop to sign their gorgeous new cookbook "The New Pie". Not only will you get to meet these guys up close and ask your pie related questions but you'll get to taste their award winning recipes. That's right, we'll have our favorite pie selections from their new book for sale in the shop for one day only." From 9am to 3pm.
"Chef Michael Gallina will be working his magic with our bagels and we'll be doing some retail sales as well. Hope you can make it!!" From 10am to 2pm.
"Rosé has become a symbol of all that is good about Summertime, and we’re kicking off summer in St. Louis a little early this year with an festival dedicated to this amazing pink drink. On May 4th from 12p-6p our host committee of women (and a few good men) on a mission will join forces in welcoming Rosé revelers from around the region to the Central West End to the second annual Rosé Day. Rosé Day is about bringing people together in one of our favorite neighborhoods to explore, to sip on great wine from at least 10 tasting stations at restaurants, small-businesses, galleries and more, to honor the “Gatorade of Frontenac” in a most fitting way and to raise awareness. At each of the stops passport holders will have the opportunity to learn about a local non-profit working to empower and support women. We won’t be focusing on one specific issue – rather relaying the messages of many organizations responding to the host of issues and opportunities facing women today. Collect your stamps along the way, fill up your booklet to be entered into a drawing of goods and services from CWE businesses!" From noon to 6pm. Tickets are $35, available here.
"We’re off to the races! Join us for our annual Kentucky Derby Day Party on the Gamlin Whiskey House patio. All guests will receive a complimentary Maker’s Mark Mint Julep, a carriage ride through the Central West End, access to our photo booth and a chance to win a prize package during The Run For the Roses (at approximately ~5:20 p.m.). You'll also be able to enjoy live music by guitarist Matt Dale in the Barrel Room! Make sure you’re dressed to impressed — we’ll also be giving away prizes to Best Dressed Man, Woman and Couple! Coming with a group? Purchase a table for up to four guests, and you will also receive reserved seating on our patio and a platter of light appetizers to share. Thanks to our generous sponsors, Maker's Mark and Maker's 46!" From 2 to 6pm. Tickets are $30, available here.
"Saturday, May 4th will be our annual Derby Day party!!! Join us for an afternoon of Juleps, extravagant hats, and horses with ridiculous names! Sponsored by Four Roses Bourbon, Buffalo Trace Distillery & Lux Row Distillers! We will feature a "build your own julep" menu, discounted tickles of classic Kentucky Bourbons, lots of raffles, giveaways and our annual Hat Contest! We'll have the race on in the bar and on the projector in the dining room, making this our biggest derby party yet! no cover or tickets, just get in early!" From 2 to 7pm.
"Celebrate Derby Day with us! Dan Gardner from Four Roses will be here with specials, swag, & Juniper Single Barrel tastings. We’ll be serving up Juleps, Mules, & other drink specials. This is a free event, located in our open seated bar area. PRIZES for: Best Hat and Best Derby Day Getup. The big race starts at 5:50pm - we’ll have a good ‘ole fashioned betting pool w/ more prizes! One day only special on Four Roses Juniper Single Barrel full bottle purchase. Purchase a bottle for $50 & receive a Juniper $10 gift card." From 3 to 6pm.
"Enjoy the fastest two minutes in sports from 400 feet above St. Louis on Saturday, May 4th, starting at 3pm for our Annual Derby Day Party! In addition to enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres and a speciality cocktail, there will be a bourbon tasting as well! You’ll also have a chance to bet on your favorite horse for the chance to win 360 gift cards! Make sure you dress up for our Best Dressed and Best Hat contest for more gift cards!" From 3 to 6pm. Tickets are $45 for one specialty Mint Julep, passed hors d'oeuvres and a bourbon tasting or $75 for all of that plus an open bar, available here.
"Put on your fanciest hats and join us for a fun day at the races! We're so excited to host Angel's Envy "Derby Day" Happy Hour at Small Batch on Saturday, May 4th as we broadcast the Kentucky Derby over the speakers! From 4PM to 6PM, come mingle with Whiskey Guardian Clare Noble from Angel's Envy as we serve up refreshing whiskey cocktail specials, including Manhattans, Old Fashioned, and (official cocktail of the Derby) Mint Juleps. Race-inspired food specials will be available all night long. Don't forget to dress to impress... Derby attire highly encouraged! Be sure to compete in our Hat Contest; awesome prizes will be awarded. Come hang out and let's celebrate our version of an old-school, classic day at the racetrack!" From 4 to 6pm.
"Rosalita's Cantina is located at 1235 Washington Avenue, in the heart of Downtown St. Louis. Join us for our annual Cinco de Mayo street party. Delicious drinks and food options available including Burritos, Quesadillas, Street Tacos, Chips & Dip, Nachos, and more. Live entertainment including: mechanical bull, photo booth, mariachi fiesta and DJ." From 9am to 11pm.
Join Mad Art Gallery and Tenacious Eats for Cinco de Mayo! Tickets include access to a street taco bar with smoked pork, chicken, smoked jackfruit, roasted tomato salsa, Mexican street corn, cilantro, black beans, queso fresco and more, plus a tequila tasting, churros with chocolate sauce, live music and a selfie station. Margarita pitchers will be available for $23. From 11am to 4pm. Tickets are $20, available here.
"Piñatas. Tamales. Micheladas. Margaritas. All the things you love about Cinco de Mayo with a Wellspent touch. We can't wait to bring you this celebration of Mexican culture with tamales (and fresh salsas) from The Tamale Man, micheladas, margs on tap, a grown-up piñata, and special beers! See you on the Fifth of May!" From noon to 3pm.