Stuff to do: October 2016
O’Fallon Brewery Pumpkin Fest
Oct. 8 – 1 to 5 p.m., O’Fallon Brewery, 45 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, 636.474.2337, ofallonbrewery.com
O’Fallon brewed a whole patch of new pumpkin beers just in time for Pumpkin Fest. In addition to its classic pumpkin beer and Imperial Pumpkin, O’Fallon serves rifts including apple cinnamon, peach, vanilla and coffee cream stout varieties. This family-friendly event features a pumpkin pie-eating contest, kids’ activities and live music. Tickets available online or at the door.
Belleville Chili Cook-Off
Oct. 7 and 8 – 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., downtown Belleville, 618.233.2015, bellevillechili.com
Whether you’re a chili connoisseur or just a fan of competition, head to Belleville for its annual Chili Cook-Off. More than 60 participants from community organizations to restaurants like Beast Craft BBQ, Righteous Pig BBQ and Tavern on Main dish up samples of signature chilis. While the judges debate the winner, enjoy live music, beer and a stroll around downtown.
The Farmer and The Chef Dinners
Oct. 11 and 25 – 6:30 p.m., Farm to You Market, 5025 Old Highway 100, Washington, 844.682.2266, farmtoyoumarket.com
Some of St. Louis’ top chefs head west to prepare a five-course meal inspired by the local produce at Farm to You Market. Vista Ramen’s Chris Bork arrives Oct. 11, and Mud House’s Tara Lansangan fires up the range Oct. 25. Each dinner includes beverage pairings. Call or email firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Oct. 16 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Sunset Hills, 314.772.8004, harvestfeststl.com
Join Sauce Magazine at Laumeier Sculpture Park along with top local restaurants, breweries and wineries for the 10th annual Harvest Festival. Sample food and drink from establishments like Cleveland-Heath, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Revel Kitchen, 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Perennial Artisan Ales. While you snack, shop at the farmers market and local art fair and enjoy live bluegrass music on the KDHX stage.
Taste of Green
Oct. 26 – 6 to 9 p.m., Willow, 321 N. 10th St., St. Louis, 314.282.7533, stlouisearthday.org
Learn and taste what it takes for restaurants to operate in an environmentally sustainable way when St. Louis Earth Day hosts Taste of Green. Enjoy barbecue from Salt & Smoke, burgers and fries from The Dam, vegetarian fare from Small Batch and more from 15 Green Dining Alliance-certified restaurants and breweries. Proceeds benefit St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling on the Go and Green Dining Alliance programs. Tickets available online.
St. Louis Brewers Guild Halloween Party
Oct. 29 – 1 to 5 p.m., Lafayette Park, 2023 Lafayette Ave., St. Louis, stlbg.com/halloween
Kick off Halloween festivities with an afternoon of local beer. More than 30 members of the St. Louis Brewers Guild including 4204 Main Street Brewing Co., Old Bakery Beer and Earthbound Beer pour their favorite seasonal offerings. Jump aboard the Hefe Ride (a keg-laden hay ride), grab a bite from local food trucks and dress in your wildest costume for a chance to win prizes. Tickets available online.