Stuff to do: September 2015
Sept. 5 and 6 – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sept. 7 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, 314.577.5100, mobot.org
Experience the culture, history and food of Japan on Labor Day weekend at the annual Japanese Festival. United Provisions sushi chef Naomi Hamamura will demonstrate traditional Japanese cooking on Monday, but get your fill of Japanese fare all weekend at the food court. Ten vendors including United Provisions, Drunken Fish, Sushi Kitchen and Kampai Sushi Bar will dish up tasty treats. Don’t forget to cool off with a green tea-flavored snow cone.
Movie Night in the Vineyard
Sept. 12 – 6:30 p.m., St. James Winery Vineyard Cottage, 19506 CR 1000, St. James, 573.265.7912, stjameswinery.com
Take a trip to Neverland by way of St. James Winery during Movie Night in the Vineyard. This month’s film: Hook. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic or get a hot dog and chips from O’Doggy’s food cart, then wait for the sun to set. Sip St. James wines including its Governor’s Cup-winning vignoles or its Pioneer Red. Public House Brewing Co. will be on hand with four beers including its award-winning Rod’s Cream Ale and Elusive IPA.
St. Louis Craft Sprits and Cocktail Celebration
Sept. 12 to 27, times and locations vary, Facebook: St. Louis Craft Cocktail Week
Hit the hard stuff in September during St. Louis Craft Spirits and Cocktail Celebration. Kick things off with the Classic Cocktail Party, where 15 local distillers, including Spirits of St. Louis, Pinckney Bend, Wood Hat Distillers and The Big O, will showcase their latest spirits. Sample original cocktails with your Drink Like a Local passport, and wrap up the festivities Sept. 27 with Punch in the Park, an evening of boozy crafted punches, barbecue and live music in Lafayette Park. Tickets available online.
Food and Wine Pairing Class: Pastaria
Sept. 15 – 6 p.m., The Wine Merchant, 7817 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.863.6282, winemerchantltd.com
Italian cuisine and a glass of vino? Bellissimo! The Wine Merchant and neighbor Pastaria will team up for a six-course tasting menu featuring highlights from Pastaria’s menu paired with fine Italian and American vintages. Previous tasting dinners have paired Pastaria’s spicy ’nduja pizza with a 2010 Barolo wine from Vajra vineyard, and red wine-braised beef with a 2010 Casanova Di Neri Brunello di Montalcino. Tickets available by phone.
Hop in the City
Sept. 19 – noon to 5 p.m., Schlafly Tap Room, 2100 Locust St., St. Louis, 314.241.2337 x1, schlafly.com
Hop from tent to tent and sample more than 40 styles of beer at this year’s annual Hop in the City. Schlafly’s flagship suds like Kölsch, pale ale and IPA will be on tap, as well as this year’s festival beer, a Gose. This 16th-century tart, salty brew owes its unique flavor to a secret fermentation culture, pink Himalayan sea salt and coriander. Bite into a brat and other off-menu items in the festival’s food tent or grab a seat inside and order from the menu.
St. Louis Sept. 25 – 6 to 11 p.m., Sept. 26 – 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sept. 27 – noon to 7 p.m., Urban Chestnut Midtown Brewery & Biergarten, 3229 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 314.222.0143, urbanchestnut.com
Enjoy Oktoberfest like a true German during Urban Chestnut’s fifth annual festivities. The three-day party features four traditional German beers: Oachkatzlschwoaf (annual Oktoberfestbier), Zwickel (Bavarian lager), Schnickelfritz (Weissbier) and Dorfbier (dunkel). Fuel up on traditional Bavarian fare, then challenge your drinking companions to Masskrugstemmen (stein-holding competition) and Fingerhakeln (finger wrestling). Fellow brewers Schlafly, 4 Hands and Civil Life will also be on hand with festival brews.