Stuff to do: May 2016
Cinco de Mayo Festival
May 7 – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., 2600 to 2800 Cherokee St.,
St. Louis, 314.632.6498, cincodemayostl.com
Join the fiesta on Cherokee Street at the neighborhood’s Cinco de Mayo celebration. Catch the parade as it winds through Benton Park West and down Cherokee, then check out art vendors and live music. As you explore, grab food from stands outside La Vallesana, Taqueria el Bronco, Don Carlos, Byrd & Barrel and newly opened Mezcla. Take a ride on a mechanical bull, catch a round or two of lucha libre wrestling, and let the kids get creative with art activities and burn off energy in a bounce house.
Spring Harvest Dinner
May 12 – 6 to 8:30 p.m., Urban Harvest’s Food Roof Farm, 1335 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, 314.810.6770, urbanharveststl.org/events
A farm dinner soars to new heights at Urban Harvest’s Spring Harvest Dinner. Hiro Asian Kitchen chef-owner Bernie Lee puts the spotlight on spring vegetables harvested from Urban Harvest’s rooftop farm. Start with beet hummus and pickled vegetables, followed by an edamame risotto, tuna tataki and radish salad with citrus ponzu. Bread pudding and boozy Clementine’s ice cream make for a sweet ending. Tickets available online.
Food Truck Friday
May 13 – 4 to 8 p.m., Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, 314.772.8004, saucefoodtruckfriday.com
Unpack the picnic blanket, grab the dog leash and head to Tower Grove Park for the season’s first Food Truck Friday. Check out perennial favorites like Cha Cha Chow, Seoul Taco and Fire & Ice Cream Truck, as well as newcomers like Angie Burger, Farmtruk and Slide Piece. Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. and 4 Hands Brewing Co. pull pints, and The Porch in Soulard offers wine this year, while Letters to Memphis rocks the evening away.
Dinner at the Estates
May 21 – 7 to 9:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant Estates, 5634 High St., Augusta, 636.482.9463, mountpleasant.com
Savor dinner and a view in Augusta as Mount Pleasant Estates hosts a three-course dinner and wine pairing. Start with a bright spinach salad paired with a glass of brut sparkling, then indulge in a prime rib dish with spring vegetables paired with fruity cabernet sauvignon. For dessert, sip sweet ice wine and dip your spoon into a triple-berry shortcake. Tickets available by phone.
The Truck Stops Here
May 25 – 6 to 9 p.m., Robust Wine Bar, 227 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.0033, robustwinebar.com
Enjoy the spirit of collaboration when Mission Taco Truck pulls up to Robust Wine Bar. The second of a four-part series featuring rotating trucks, Robust chef Joseph Hemp V and Mission Taco co-owner and chef Jason Tilford join forces to offer an a la carte meal or a prix-fixe dinner paired with wine, beer or cocktails. Reserve your seat online or by phone.
St. Louis County Greek Fest
May 27 to 29 – 11 a.m. to
9 p.m. and May 30 – 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 1755 Des Peres Road, Town & Country, 314.966.2255, stlgreekfest.com
Go Greek in St. Louis County with food, music and folk dancers. Fill up on roasted lamb shank, beef and lamb gyros, spinach-filled spanakopita, ground beef-stuffed grape leaves and more. Indulge your sweet tooth with buttery, honey-and-nut layered baklava and a Greek coffee frappe, then drop the kids at the children’s corner and hit the market to shop for jewelry, clothing and more.