6 food and beer-focused events to discover in Saint-Louis in October
Sauce Magazine Harvest Festival
Sunday, October 10 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4501 Southwest Drive, St. Louis, 314.772.8004, Harvestfeststl.com
Celebrate the bounty of the season at this year’s Harvest Fest at Tower Grove Park. Grab a bite at one of the many restaurants, including The Dam, Sister Cities Cajun, and Bogart’s Smokehouse. Pick up your drinks from local favorites like 4 Hands Brewing Co., Noboleis Vineyards and more. Also, don’t miss the opportunity to shop for locally made artisan food products and artisan products while listening to live music. Free for the public.
Brew in the Lou
Saturday, October 9 – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Francis Park, 5399 Donovan St., St. Louis, 314.200.0797, lesastl.org/2021-brew-in-the-lou/
This fundraiser for the Lutheran Elementary Schools Association (LESA) features 45 local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries. Enjoy your one-stop beer and food tastings from 4 Hands Brewing Co., Stone Hill Winery, Square One Brewery & Distillery, Lucia’s Pizza, Baetje Farms and more. For admission, purchase a wristband online or at the door, or upgrade to a VIP pass (only 100 available).
Saint-Louis beer festival
Saturday, October 16 – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (VIP access from 7 p.m.), St. Louis Science Center, 5050 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, stlouisbeerfest.com
Over 120 beers will be on tap at the St. Louis Beer Fest as it takes over the St. Louis Science Center after hours. Here is a unique opportunity to sample seasonal beers from 40 breweries while walking around the museum and discovering interesting exhibits. Participating breweries include Center Ice Brewery, Six Mile Bridge, Main & Mill Brewing Co. and more. Food sold separately. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for admission; tickets (general, designated driver and VIP) are available online only.
Saint-Louis Taco Week
Oct. 17-24, participating restaurants, stltacoweek.com
Calling all taco lovers! The second annual St. Louis Taco Week sees restaurants across town offering $ 5 taco specials all week. Go through tacos like Terror Tacos, Taco Buddha, and Diego’s Cantina to make Tuesday tacos every day. This is a eat-to-win event; pick up your Taco Passports online or at one of the many participating restaurants (available October 17) and collect four or more stamps to enter a raffle as well as smaller prizes.
St. Louis VegFest 2021
Sunday, October 24 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., World’s Fair, Forest Park, 1904 Concourse Drive, St. Louis, 314.833.9946, stlouisvegfest.org
St. Louis VegFest returns to the Forest Park World’s Fair pavilion with its all-vegan theme. Choose your plant-based food choices from CC’s Vegan Spot SoulVeganlicious, The Happy Bakery, Dilli Chaat Corner, Royally Baked – Vegan STL and more. Saucier’s live music will entertain visitors as they shop from vendors, and STLVegGirl Caryn Dugan and Dr Jim Loomis will return for a cooking demonstration and presentation. Free entry.
Apple butter festival
October 30 and 31 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Kimmswick, 636.464.7407, gokimmswick.com/apple-butter-festival-kimmswick/
Craving apple butter? On both days of the festival, members of the Kimmswick Historical Society gather before dawn to bake apples in a large copper kettle over a fire, making the creamy fruit butter to seal in jars. Join the festivities and enjoy children’s shows and activities while shopping from the nearly 600 food, drink and craft vendors lined up in the streets of Kimmswick. Must-try treats include The Dough Depot’s Pretzel Bread Sandwich and The Blue Owl’s famous seawall-height apple pie. The festival is free.