No cheeky introduction. No clever word play. This is a serious weekend for serious eaters. Let’s get right to it.
It’s a First Friday and the Crossroads will appropriately be hopping tonight. Reactor (1817 Grand) is hosting what’s it calling ‘The World’s First Taco-Themed Art Exhibit,” from 5 to 9 p.m. The first 50 people get Choco Tacos, the rest of you can sample brews from Bourgmont Brewing. The Kansas City Star is hosting its annual Food Truck Friday (18th and Grand) with 11 trucks in the newspaper’s parking lot. Chow down on these brioche barbecue pork buns from Smokin’ Fresh Streetside BBQ.
Today is National Donut Day and participating locations of Lamar’s have free donuts.
The St. Dionysus Greek Festival kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. It will go until 10 p.m. and then resume Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chow down on spanakopita, rack of lamb, gyros, souvlaki, and dolmathes (grape leafs). Admission is free for the festival is held at the St. Dionysus Greek Orthodox Church (8100 W 95th Street, Overland Park).
The Sugar Creek Slavic Festival is tonight and tomorrow. Fill up on traditional Slovac and Croatian fare with cabbage rolls, kielbasa (there is a sausage-eating contest), povitica and kolache. Admission is $3. The festival on the Mike Onka Memorial Building grounds (11520 E Putnam Street, Sugar Creek, Missouri) runs from 5 to 11:30 p.m. tonight and 3 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday.
The fourth annual Westport Beer Festival jumpstarts Kansas City Craft Beer Week (The Pitch had a nice summary of events earlier this week) Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. at 4057 Pennsylvania Avenue. The beer tasting put on by BeerKC and Sporting KC (members of the local soccer squad will be making cameos) is a benefit for AIDS Walk Kansas City. There will be around four dozen breweries participating — keep an eye out for Crane Brewing (slated to open in Raytown in 2015) and Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project (which collaborated with Boulevard on Stingo back in 2012). Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate.
The Vaile Strawberry Fest is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Vaile Mansion (1500 North Liberty Street, Independence). It’s a mash-up of a craft fair and antique bazaar with plenty of strawberry baked goods. Admission is free. Museum tours are $6.
Old Shawnee Days started yesterday and the partying won’t stop in Shawnee Town (11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee) until Sunday. There’s everything from live music to sack races to a whipped pie bubble blowing contest. Sip on Keck’s Root Beer and gobble up fair food: corn dogs, funnel cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade. They’ll also have five kinds of frozen treats: Dippin’ Dots, frozen slushes, snow cones, frozen custard and Italian ice. The festival is tonight from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (the parade starts at 10 a.m.) and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.[Images via Flickr: kolache – whitney, taco – andrea arden, funnel cake – jen, gyro – jeffreyww]