The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Memorial Day Weekend: May 23 to 26

Sunday (May 25):

STL 250 Party @ Moonrise Hotel/Eclipse

"There will be six different rooms throughout the restaurant and hotel, each with a different theme from St. Louis history. Jamie and Ted Kilgore of Planter's House will be manning the pre-Prohibition room with period cocktails (one of the Kilgores' specialties). Jeff Moll of the Good Pie will be slinging Prohibition-era drinks in the Roaring Twenties room. Juniper's Joey Duepner and Cocktails Are Go!'s Beth Sorrell will be celebrating the history of Gaslight Square, while the Bartender's Guild's Matthew Obermark and Kyle Mathis of Taste will be in the World's Fair room. There's the future of St. Louis to consider, too -- BC's Kitchen's Justin Cardwell will be doing molecular mixology, and 4 Hands will be serving up some experimental brews.

There's no cover, but you can get a $45 VIP bracelet which is all-inclusive, from 6 p.m. to midnight. You can pick one up at any of the participating restaurants (Juniper, Taste, etc.) or online here."

Monday (May 26):

S.L.O.B.S. Rib-Off Invitational @ Iron Barley

The St. Louis Occasional Barbecue Society is holding its sixth annual barbecue competition. Twenty competitive barbecue teams will be competing for the crown. Grab a beer at Iron Barley and sample all the entries or just a few. The Dock Ellis Band will be playing until dark. All proceeds benefit Lift for Lift Gym and the Carondelet Food Pantry. The competition begins at noon. Tasting tickets are $25, available at the door.

Eckert's Memorial Day Festival @ Eckert's Country Store & Farms

Celebrate Memorial Day at this kid-friendly festival with American traditions. There will be classic festival foods, free wagon rides, carnival rides, pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo and more. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, fees for some activities.

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Location Info


Soldiers Memorial Plaza

14th St. and Chestnut St., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Assumption Greek Orthodox Church

1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country, MO

Category: General

Broadway Oyster Bar

736 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Schlafly Tap Room

2100 Locust St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Gateway Arch

50 S. Leanor K. Sullivan Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: General

Iron Barley

5510 Virginia Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Eckert's Country Store & Farms-Belleville

951 S. Green Mount Road, Belleville, IL

Category: General

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