The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: October 18 to 20

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       Celebrate Perennial's second anniversary this weekend. | Zach Garrison

There are several outdoor events this weekend so you can enjoy the crisp fall weather! Check out the annual Harvest Fest or celebrate Perennial Artisan Ales' second year in business. Read on for our food-related recommendations.

See also: Best Craft Brewery 2013: Perennial Artisan Ales Celebrates an Award-Winning Two Years

Friday (Oct. 18)

Party in the Patch @ Shaw Park

Richmond Heights' Party in the Patch is the perfect fall family event: kids can hunt for candy, plus hayrides, crafts, inflatables and Centennial activities. Kids' admission also includes a hot dog dinner. Tickets are $10; call 314-645-1476.

Fest-of-Ale @ Missouri Botanical Garden

Enjoy seasonal appetizers, beer tasting from local breweries such as 4 Hands and Civil Life, and live music. You can also enter to win beer for a year from Urban Chestnut! Call 314-577-9570 for reservations. $30 for Garden members and $40 for non-members. 6 to 9 p.m.

Around the World Wine Dinner @ Missouri Botanical Garden

Chefs from Catering St. Louis will create a regional menu featuring street food from Seattle and pair each course with a different wine from the same region. Call 314-577-0200 for reservations. $58 per person. 6:30 p.m.

Thurman Loop Oktoberfest @ the intersection of Thurman Ave. and Shenandoah Ave.

At this Oktoberfest event, get a craft beer fix and enjoy carnival games, a home-brewing workshop and competition, and food from Thurman Grill. Admission is free. Friday, October 19, from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Soulard Farmers' Market @ Soulard Farmers' Market

"Soulard Farmers' Market is still going strong and is without a doubt the largest and most eclectic market in the region -- you can buy everything from a sack of apples to a new pair of sunglasses. This is truly an iconic spot...The days and hours of operation are a bit confusing: Wednesday through Saturday, the Grand Hall, or the central inside shops, are open, along with a smattering of outside vendors (varies daily), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the afternoon hours usually offering the best options."

Saturday (Oct. 19)

Brew in the Lou @ Concordia Seminary

The Lutheran Elementary School Association is holding a fundraiser that celebrates St. Louis' best brews -- beer, coffee, wine and food. Sample from vendors like Civil Life, Hautly Cheese, Organo Gold Coffee, Kenrick's Meat & Catering, Morgan Street Brewery, Excel Brewing, St. James Winery and more. There's also live music, crafts and special food exhibits. A $45 ticket gets you tastings and a commemorative glass. Call 314-268-1525 or visit lesastl.org for tickets. Noon to 5 p.m.

Tour de Moose @ Lemmon's

The ninth annual south city bike ride pub crawl fundraiser will stop at several bars to raise money for The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation. You'll stop at The Mack, The Hideaway, Schlafly Bottleworks, Colombo's, HandleBar, Three Monkeys and The Silver Ballroom. Registration is $25 at the door. Meet at Lemmon's at 10:45 a.m.

Second Anniversary Party @ Perennial Artisan Ales

"Though it the beer tastes as if Perennial has been doing this for decades, the brewery will soon mark its second year of existence. And what a two years it's been. At the event you'll find 26 Perennial beers on tap.We were lucky enough to try a few of Perennial's fall beers on tap: "Peace Offering," brewed with roasted squash and maple syrup; "Midnight Rambler," a Belgian stout at 9 percent ABV, is a hoppy stout that goes down incredibly easy; and "Heart of Gold," a sweet wheat wine that packs a punch at 10 percent ABV and was a silver medal winner at last year's GABF. If you want to try these or any of Perennial's other amazing beers, visit the brewery at the anniversary party, or stop by sometime for flight -- it's definitely a must for all you beer connoisseurs out there." Admission is free. Noon to 11 p.m.

Edwardsville Fall Beer Festival @ Global Brew Tap House

Hosted by Global Brew Tap House & Lounge, the festival offers seasonal and special release craft beers, food from Herzog's Kitchen, Papa Murphy's, Craft Chophouse, Bigelo's Bistro and Cleveland-Heath. There will also be live music, raffles and a brewing demonstration from East Side Brewers. A portion of the proceeds benefits Toys for Tots. Admission is free. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday (Oct. 20)

Harvest Festival @ Laumier Sculpture Park

This fall fest celebrates food, art, music and beer. Enjoy brews from five local craft breweries, food from top St. Louis restaurants, crafts, live music and the AgriMissouri Market with local farmers. Tickets are $6 for Laumier members and $10 for non-members, available here or at the door.


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