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Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Tour de Fat Will Bring Beer, Music & Merriment to Soulard

Annual Festival Will Raise Money for Soulard Preservationists

St. Louis, MO/May 31, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis music and beer lovers are getting ready for one of the more unique beer-music festivals of the year, the Tour de Fat beer, music, and bike festival.  The annual multi-city event is part concert, part beer festival, and part cirque and fundraiser, created by New Belgium Brewing and named for its popular Fat Tire Belgian Style Ale.  The festival features a variety of performers, performance art, bicycles, beer, and costumed revelers.

The traveling philanthropic festival will come to St. Louis on June 10th as part of its 33-city 2017 season.  Dozens of nationally-known bands and performers will be perform in different cities across America.  Nick Waterhouse will headline the festival in St. Louis.  In addition to the headline act, a touring ensemble of artists, cirque performers, and others will appear alongside local street performers. St. Louis audiences can expect to see some vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and the like.  Costumes are highly encouraged at this raucous party.

Since its inception in 2000, the Tour de Fat has partnered with local nonprofits in the host cities.  The tour, put on by New Belgium Brewing, has raised more than $4.5 million to support local causes.  In St. Louis, Tour de Fat will benefit the Soulard Restoration Group.  A 501c3 non-profit, all-volunteer community organization, the Soulard Restoration Group is dedicated to fostering community improvement, civic pride, encouraging restoration, beautification, and reestablishment of public areas in the Soulard Historic District.

The 2017 Tour de Fat St. Louis will be June 10th from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Soulard Market Park, 730 Carroll Street, St. Louis.  Tickets are available online through the Tour de Fat website (http://www.newbelgium.com/events/tour-de-fat/city/st-louis), but they can also be purchased on the day of the event.  The box office will open at noon. General admission tickets, as well as those for ADA patrons are $25.  Tour de Fat is a fully accessible event, fully navigable for people with mobility disabilities.  Accessible viewing areas will be made available to ADA patrons who may need to see above the crowd.  Tour de Fat St. Louis is an all-ages show. Kids 12 and under are free!

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival Coming to Jefferson Barracks

Local Band & Brewers Team Up for MOJO Craft Beer & Music Fest

St. Louis, MO/May 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Nothing freshens up the dog days of summer in St. Louis like a full day of fresh beer and fresh music in the park.  It’s with that in mind that the first every MOJO Craft Beer and Music Festival was created.  This brand-new festival will bring a full day of music, the world’s top rated breweries and cideries, along with locally sourced craft food vendors to Jefferson Barracks Park on Saturday, August 19th.  The event is the brainchild of hometown rocker Dan Marsala (Story of the Year) and the band’s former manager, event producer John Oakes.  They’ve partnered with Radio Station 105.7 The Point, 4 Hands Brewing Company, Flamingo Bowl, and others to create this (hopefully) annual event.

The St. Louis-based rock band, Story of the Year will headline the festival, which organizers describe as a well-organized party in the park.  Other acts that will be performing include P.O.D., Unwritten Law, the Orwells, Lucky Boys Confusion, and Joe Dirt and the Dirty Boys Band.  The event also showcases more than 80 craft beers. Specialty food vendors will be on hand too.

The craft brewers at 4 Hands Brewing have created a special beer to commemorate the festival and it’s headliners, Story of the Year.  The beer, called Story of the Beer, will debut at the event.

Story of the Year band members talk about their longtime friendship with the founders of 4 Hands Brewing.

Ticket prices range from $45 to $199 apiece.  General admission tickets include concert admission and a souvenir tasting glass plus beer sampling from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The VIP Lounge Pass includes the souvenir glass and festival admission, with express entry starting at noon, plus exclusive craft beer tastings, a VIP Pit and viewing area, VIP restrooms, a private cash bar, and commemorative laminate.  Flamingo Bowl VIP Tickets include everything that comes with the VIP Lounge Pass, plus a special meet & greet with the band Story of the Year, including a photo with the band, a pretzel necklace from Telegram Sams, a beer-paired dinner, access to shaded Flamingo Bowl VIP Lounge and the special Flamingo Bowl Hosted Bar (4 pm – 8 pm), a bowling party gift voucher good for one lane of bowling for 5 people up to 2 hours with shoe rental.

Festival tickets are on sale now. Revelers must be 21 or older to enter the festival grounds.  In addition to bringing craft beer and music to a summer day in St. Louis, the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival will also support Hope For Young Adults With Cancer with an awareness campaign and various fundraising efforts.  More details about the partnership will be announced as the festival date draws near.  More information about the MOJO Craft Beer & Music Festival can be found on the festival website: https://www.mojobeerfest.com/ or by email to info@mojobeerfest.com.

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

LouFest 2017 Will Bring Some Big Names to Forest Park

Weezer, Huey Lewis & the News Among LouFest 2017 Lineup

St. Louis, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) LouFest 2017 – Summer music festivals have been a seasonal tradition in St. Louis for decades.  The city has offered residents everything from free symphony concerts in the park to day-long jam-fests that filled old Busch stadium.  LouFest continues in that tradition, with its eighth annual festival in Forest Park.  More than a concert, LouFest offers a two-day cultural experience bringing about 30 national acts to four stages, plus food, drink and more.  Listen Live Entertainment, which produces the festival has announced a partial lineup of acts who will play this year’s festival.

According to LouFest officials, the national acts headlining this year will include:

Weezer
Cage the Elephant
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Huey Lewis and the News
Marian Hill
Lizzo
Lecrae
Robert Randolph and the Family Band
Hippo Campus
The Record Company
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Mondo Cozmo
Noname
Future Thieves

As is the annual custom at LouFest, several popular local acts will also perform. The list of local performers includes:

Mvstermind
Jack Grelle
18 and Counting & the Only Ensemble
Beth Bombara
Mathias & the Pirates
Starwolf

Other names taking the stage include Ron Gallo, Jonny P, Harts, Jess Nolan, and Chris Bandi.  Additional acts will be announced May 30.  Festival organizers say they must hold off on naming them because of exclusivity clauses in some performers’ contracts.  There are also plans to honor St. Louis native Chuck Berry, who died in March.  Details will be made public at a later date, but officials say they plan their tribute to Berry will be something that lasts well beyond this summer’s festival.

LouFest 2017 will offer a lot more than music to festival goers.  The Market Square will showcase local artists.  The Nosh Pit celebrates St. Louis’ culinary excellence.  Festival organizers are still accepting applications from local restaurants and food vendors.  Also around the park, festival goers will find the Shock Top Beer Garden, featuring local and regional favorites from Faust and Shock Top to Goose Island Beer Company.  There will also be games and limited seating in the beer garden.  And the Cupcake Vineyards Truck will back this year, offering free samples and contests with a chance to win prizes.  Starbucks will be handing out samples of their coffee and protein doubleshot.  Whole Foods Market will team up with local makers, Perennial, to offer demonstrations on turning old t-shirts into reusable totes, festival headbands, and more.  There’s even a kids’ area.  LouKidz will offer family-friendly activities include music (daily performances by Robot+Bike), dancing, crafts, face painting and more from noon to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Unlike many of the summer concerts offered in St. Louis’ public venues, LouFest isn’t free.  Tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. Thursday.  A general admission ticket for the two-day event will set you back $95.  Kids 12 and under are admitted free with each paid adult.  One-day tickets will be available soon.  This year there are two tiers of VIP tickets.  The standard two-day VIP tickets are $350 and included shaded seating, complimentary food and drinks (including beer, wine, and specialty libations), reserved (air conditioned) restrooms, VIP parking (must purchase two VIP tickets), a VIP Lounge, and gourmet happy hour.  If that isn’t special enough, starting this year Platinum Tickets are available for $750.  The new Platinum Ticket includes a private lounge, private onstage viewing areas, complimentary catered meals and beverages, onsite concierge, and more.  Platinum Ticket holders will spend less time standing in line thanks to private entrances and exits.  Platinum VIP parking with shuttle service is also included.

This year’s LouFest at Forest Park will be Saturday and Sunday, September 9 – 10.  Festival gates open each day at 11:00 a.m. and close at 10:00 p.m.  For more information about this year’s event, including purchasing tickets and a list of what can be brought onto festival grounds and what can’t (no coolers), see the official LouFest 2017 website.  If you still have questions, contact info@loufest.com.

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

Schlafly Beer To Commemorate Solar Eclipse

ST. LOUIS, MO/May 14, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Schlafly Beer – A St. Louis brewing company is joining in the excitement of the much anticipated total solar eclipse this summer.

Schlafly Beer has announced plans to commemorate this summer’s solar eclipse with a special Path of Totality pack for its Helles-style lager.  Beginning in June, consumers can purchase the special edition, black and metallic silver in all bottles of the beer style, including six and 12-packs.  A pair of solar glasses to watch the phenomenon will also be included inside the pack.

“St. Louis is along the Path of Totality, the path of the eclipse that will experience total darkness.  As science nerds at Schlafly, we are very excited for this, along with the rest of the city, so we wanted to do something fun to celebrate.  The last total eclipse seen in St. Louis was almost 550 years before anyone had tried a Schlafly beer back in 1442,” said Founding Brewer Stephen Hale.

In addition, the brewing company will also offer a field trip to celebrate the spectacular event.  Schlafly will bring the party to the epicenter of the eclipse with the “Schlafly’s Eclipse Field Trip” at the Dew Drop Inn in Bloomsdale, MO on August 21, 2017.  The event will offer BBQ, beers, lawn games, and live music.

For the ultimate excursion, Schlafly will provide an all-inclusive pass including transportation from the Tap Room and back for $45.  Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.schlafly.com/eclipse starting on July 1.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight.  This will also result in a rapid drop in and will reveal massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.  This incredible sighting will move through the continental United States on August 21, 2017.

The last total eclipse occurred on June 18, 1918. It crossed the United States from Washington State to Florida.
More information about the total solar eclipse is available online at www.space.com and www.nasa.gov.

South Grand’s 9th International Dine Around

Eating Your Way Up and Down South Grand Blvd.

St. Louis,MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) — It seems there’s always something special happening along South Grand Avenue in South St. Louis.  There are neighborhood movie nights, seasonal festivals, and a seemingly endless array of food-centric celebrations.  But then, the South Grand neighborhood is home to some of the best international restaurants in the city.  So, every year, South Grand hosts the acclaimed International Dine Around.  The event, now in its ninth year, gives diners a chance to sample small plates, desserts, and drinks from 20 select restaurants and cafés along a five block stretch of South Grand.

This year’s South Grand International Dine Around is set for Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Tickets are picked up at registration between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on the day of the event. Registration will be at Ritz Park, 3147 South Grand Blvd. between Mangia Italiano and King and I Restaurant.  Each participant gets a pack of five tickets that can be exchanged for items from the restaurant’s set Dine Around menus.  The tickets can be used for any combination of menu items from any combination of participating establishments.

Here’s how it works: purchase tickets online ($30 per person) or at the event ($35 per person).  Pick your tickets and the menu at Registration.  Then go to the first restaurant you wish to try and take a seat (some restaurants will have booths and seating out front).  Present your ticket to your server and order your small plate, dessert, or drink from their Dine Around menu.  You may also purchase additional items at the restaurant if you like.  Your server will bring your order.  You eat the delicious food, and then move on to your next restaurant! (Don’t forget to tip your servers!)  Small plates and drinks must be served and consumed at the restaurant or café.  The exception is St. Louis Juice Press, which will package drinks in to-go cups.  Desserts can also be ordered to-go.

All of the restaurants and cafés participating in the 9th Annual South Grand International Dine Around progressive dinner are located on South Grand Blvd. between Arsenal and Humphrey Streets.  This year’s menu offers a wide variety of dishes that virtually span the globe:

Small Plates:

  • Lemongrass – Sesame or sweet and sour tofu
  • Mekong Restaurant – Lemongrass beef kabob with egg roll
  • Baida Restaurant – Artichoke M’Kally: Whole heart artichoke, fried, and served with vegetables cooked in a fennel tomato sauce then topped with feta cheese and olives
  • Basil Spice Thai Cuisine – Crab Rangoon: cheese stick wrapped in rice paper, then deep-fried
  • Mangia Italiano – Mushroom Ravioli
  • Wei Hong Bakery & BBQ – Honey glazed BBQ pork and pot stickers (your choice steam or fried)
  • Guerrilla Street Food – Salmon Kinilaw Tacos: raw salmon dressed in coconut vinegar, red onions, mango, radish, cucumber, black sesame seeds and a butter lettuce taco.
  • Pizza Head – One slice of regular cheese pizza with vegan pepperoni
  • Sheesh – Turkish Kibeh: 2 pieces of fried balls of burgul, stuffed with ground beef and walnuts
  • City Diner – Beef Philly: grilled beef topped with sautéed mushroom, onion, peppers and swiss cheese served on baguette.
  • Brasilia – Tostado de Camarao: shrimp sautéed with garlic and olive oil and topped with a bobo yucca sauce. Served over toasted French bread.

Drinks:

  • The Gin Room – Gimlet with freshly muddled lime & botanical gin
  • The King and I Restaurant – Strawberry Margarita
  • St. Louis Juice Press – 12 oz cold-pressed juice, your choice of carrot apple ginger, pineapple orange ginger, watermelon, cucumber pineapple, or green ginger.
  • Tree House Vegetarian Restaurant – Mojito with basil mint
  • Meskerem – Ethiopian honey wine

Desserts:

  • The Vine – Sampler: coconut dates, pistachio baklava and namura (cake)
  • Rooster South Grand – S’more Crepe: house made crepe with cookie crumbs, marshmallow and dark chocolate
  • Tower Grove Creamery – Regular size waffle cone or cup
  • Gelateria Del Leone – Medium Gelato

The 9th Annual South Grand International Dine Around is presented by the South Grand Cultural Alliance whose mission is to attract people to work, live and play on South Grand Blvd. through community development, marketing/branding, programs and events.  For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit www.southgrand.org.

Contact Information:

South Grand Cultural Alliance
3115 South Grand Blvd. Suite 350-B
Saint Louis MO 63118
(314) 772-5750

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Join Olivino for Streets of St Charles Yoga on Beale

Spend a Healthy Morning with Olivino at Yoga on Beale

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We try to eat healthy but with all the temptations put in front of us, it’s sometimes very difficult!  Yet we know that eating healthy and exercising on a regular basis can add several years to your life.  Sometimes we just need a little guidance and tips on staying fit.  That’s why you’ll want to be sure and join Olivino this Saturday, May 13, for the Streets of St. Charles first ever Yoga on Beale event.

The Streets of St Charles is partnering with Barnes-Jewish, St. Peters and Progress West hospitals to bring you a triple dose of Healthy Living!  When you get in sync with the Universe everything turns out better.  Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Yoga Teacher, Maegan Beale, will be holding 2 sessions of yoga, one from 8 am-9 am and one from 11 am-12 pm.

One of the sponsors, Mobile Health Unit, will be on-site giving FREE health screenings.  There will also be a nutritionist, as well as, fitness demonstrations with Orangetheory Fitness!  And in addition, you can expect cooking demonstrations featuring Olivino and Prasino.

Olivino is excited to be participating in the event!  Beachbody Coach & daughter-in-law of Olivino Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, Melissa Baker, will be on hand to demonstrate healthy and easy recipes at 8:00 a.m., and again, at 11:00 a.m.  She’ll talk about all the ways to make quick meals that are also good for you.

She’ll be whipping up a Green Smoothie with Blood Orange Fused Olive Oil.  She’ll also be preparing a Mason Jar Mediterranean Salad drizzled with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic and Tuscan Herb Ultra-Premium Olive Oil and Greek Yogurt with fresh Berries with Strawberry and Blueberry Balsamic Vinegars, both to be sampled.

Find out from Olivino just how easy it is to make quick, delicious and healthy meals at home by incorporating quality olive oils and balsamic vinegars.  Besides tasting fantastic in a variety of food applications, Extra Virgin Olive Oil can contribute nutritional support in the fight against such health problems as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, and in pain management.

There are also a multitude of health benefits of Balsamic Vinegar such as reducing the risks of heart disease, cancer and other infectious diseases.   Moreover, balsamic vinegar decelerates the aging process, controls diabetes and assists in digestion.
Yes, that’s right…good quality extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars are scrumptious and great for you!  So come out and have fun and learn more.

“Yoga on Beale”
1650 Beale St #147, St Charles
Saturday, May 13- 8:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.

Tickets available at – yogaonbeale.eventbrite.com
http://olivinotastingbar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OlivinoStreetsofStCharles/

Olivino Tasting Bar 1650 Beale St #167, St Charles 636-757-5455
Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood 

Get Ready to Celebrate the 9th Annual Taste of Maplewood

Come Out For a Fun Time at the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival

MAPLEWOOD, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Along with springtime comes enjoyable festivals and one that’s just around the corner is the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival.  The annual event is a culmination of Maplewood and Richmond Heights’ most prominent restaurants, their unique specialty stores, and some of their most cherished boutiques.
In its ninth year, this exciting event is diverse and unique, shining a spotlight on the culture and character of the businesses in the area.  The Taste of Maplewood Street Festival is the perfect event for shoppers, food aficionados and music lovers!  Restaurants will be selling their popular foods and drinks, and boutiques will be presenting their merchandise on the street and under tents.

In addition, attendees will enjoy live entertainment on two separate stages throughout the day.  And for the 4th year in a row, there will be celebrity judges on hand voting on which business has the finest offerings.  Categories for participating restaurants in the 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival are Best Savory, Best Sweet Tooth and Best Cocktail.

Celebrity Judges will be:  KSDK News Anchor, Pat McGonigle, Social Media Guru & Former Host of Food Talk STL radio show, David Craig, & Gus Gus the Fun Bus’s, Mike Arnold.  A few of this year’s registered venders are Boardwalk Waffles & Ice Cream, Kakao Chocolate, Know Gallery of Fine Art, PRP Wine International, Sole Shine Barefoot Massage Therapy, The Blue Duck and Traveling Tea.

So, be sure and put Saturday, May 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm on your calendar for the “9th Annual Taste of Maplewood.”  The event is free and full of yummy bites, awesome sights and great sounds!

Below is a list of the live musical entertainment:

Main Stage:

12:00-2:00 p.m. MRH Blue Devils Rhythm and Blues Band

3:00-5:00 p.m. Power Play

6:00-8:00 p.m. SuperJam

Community Stage:

12:15 p.m. Studio Forte

1:10 p.m. Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation, St. Louis Teen Finalists

2:00 p.m. Jazz Jubilee Swing Team

2:45 p.m. Maplewood Hoop Crew

3:00 p.m. Tommy Wasiuta

3:30 p.m. Eye of Horus

4:15 p.m. Kazoux

4:30 p.m. Compass Improv

DATE, TIME & LOCATION: 2017 Taste of Maplewood Street Festival Saturday, May 20, Noon to 9:00 pm Sutton Boulevard, South of Manchester Road

Free to the Public!

For additional information go to http://midcountychamber.org/programs-events/tom2017/

Celebrate Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino Tasting Bar

Celebrate Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off with Olivino

Olivino Tasting Bar Offers Special Cocktails at Streets of Saint Charles “Summer Beale Street Concert Series” Kick-Off

ST. CHARLES, MO/May 10, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) We know about coffee and tea aficionados who will drive out of their way for that one special cup, but something new is making its way to the top of the favorites list and that’s the different smell and tastes of Ultra-Premium extra-virgin olive oils and amazing balsamic vinegars.  Many chefs consider it the most essential, elemental ingredient in their craft.

Olivino Tasting Bar at 1650 Beale Street #167, in the Streets of St. Charles, is giving home cooks and foodies a wonderful opportunity to sample pairings of olive oil and balsamic vinegars, plus try both as ingredients in foods ranging from tasty caprese salads to delicious brownies made with blood orange olive oil.  They realize the importance of tasting items before you buy them.

The eclectic shop that opened at the end of 2016 has been wowing customers ever since with their vast selection of olive oils, balsamic vinegars, local food products, gift baskets and accessories for entertaining.  Owner, Debbie Baker-Oliver, is a former corporate career woman who channeled her career experience and passion for excellent food into Olivino.

Tonight is the kick-off of the Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series,” featuring the popular Dr. Zhivegas, and Olivino is ready to help with the celebration.  Stop by and sample incredible Caprese Bites, Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Crostini and No-Bake Cheesecake with Raspberry Compote.  That’s on top of their usual samples made with their Ultra-Premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars.

They will also be selling a variety of Specialty Cocktails including Vodka Balsamic Club, Blackberry Bourbon Fizz, and yummy Tropical White Sangria.  Olivino also carry’s wines from Noboleis Vineyards, along with a variety of craft beers for to choose from.

In case you’re still hungry after all the delectable samplings, they will also be selling sausage and cheese complete with small picnic bags for napkins, plates and knives to enjoy while watching the concert.  Bring a lawn chair and come out for a night of fun!

Streets of Saint Charles’s “Beale Street Concert Series” Today- May 10 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Olivino Tasting Bar

1650 Beale St #167

St. Charles, MO

Phone: (636) 757-5455

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
http://olivinotastingbar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/OlivinoStreetsofStCharles/

St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

St Louis Microfest Brings Food, Fun & Lots of Beer to Forest Park

22nd Annual Beer Tasting to Benefit Lift for Life Gym – St Louis Microfest

St. Louis, MO/April 27, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) St Louis Microfest – It’s that season again! No, not spring—beer tasting season!  Time once again for one of St. Louis’ best beer festivals of the year, the 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest.  The Gateway City has always been an important brewing hub, and it’s become a key locale for the craft beer and microbrewery industry.  The St, Louis Microfest showcases the best of the region’s’ artisan brewers as well as the finest offerings from breweries around the world.  This two-day festival draws thousands of visitors to Forest Park each spring to sample artisan beers crafted across the globe.  The 2017 event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 5 and 6, in the lower Muny parking lot and Theatre Drive.

Tickets are available for three tasting sessions, one Friday evening and two on Saturday.  Session 1 is Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Session II will be Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Session III is Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Each session will give festival goers the chance to sample international and craft beers created by breweries in St. Louis and elsewhere—more than 125 international and craft brewers in all.

A regular priced ticket admits one person to one of the three tasting sessions, including a commemorative tasting glass.  Festival goers will also have access to cooking demonstrations and brewing discussions in the Goose Island Demo Tent.  Some of the demo stage pairings include: Sam Adams & Mission Taco, Goose Island & West End Grill, O’Fallon Brewery & Southern, plus Urban Chestnut’s Research Brewery, Strange Donuts, and more.  The Shock Top Stage will feature live music throughout the festival.  Bogart’s Smokehouse, Mission Taco Joint, and The Damn Slow Food Fast will offer food for sale Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.  Although this is a beer fest, guests under 21 are permitted to enter the festival grounds.  Only those 21 and over can participate in the tasting.

A limited number of VIP tickets are also available. In addition to the regular activities, VIP admission includes unlimited two ounce tastings in a commemorative VIP glass.  VIPs will also be able to sample some limited releases, rare craft brews, and special releases not available with general admission.  Inside the climate-controlled VIP tent, there will also be a one-plate meal (lunch or dinner) created by Iron Barley’s masterful Chef Tom Coghill.  Friday night’s meal will feature a Cinco de Mayo inspired taco and nacho bar, with dessert provided by Locoz Tacoz.  Saturday is Derby Day, so there will be Bourbon sampling, plus mint juleps (provided by Glazers and Gas Light Square), and Burgoo, BBQ, and Hot Brown from Iron Barley.  Saturday night Strange Donuts will be along with two unique donuts to be paired with two unique brews.  Festivalgoers must be at least 21 years old to enter the VIP tent.

Bonus: Learn who’s the best home brewer in St. Louis, as the winner of the St. Louis Brews Microfest Homebrewing Competition will be announced at the STL Microfest Saturday afternoon.  Judging for the AHA and BJC home brewing competition will the the week before, April 29th, at the Kirkwood Community Center.  Three-hundred entries will be accepted this year, with a maximum of eight brews each.

The 22nd Annual St. Louis Microfest will benefit Lift for Life Gym.  The local nonprofit works with at-risk youth in St. Louis.  The organization uses weightlifting as a means to engage kids in after-school activities in order to keep them out of trouble, off drugs, and make sure they are not going hungry.

St. Louis Microfest is a rain or shine event.  No refunds will be given for any reason.  More information about this year’s festival can be found on the St. Louis Microfest website: http://stlmicrofest.org/.

Noboleis & Other Wineries Celebrating 15th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival

Noboleis & Other Wineries Celebrating 15th Annual Augusta Plein Air Art Festival

Augusta Plein Air Art Festival for Noboleis & Other Wineries

AUGUSTA, MO/April 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Springtime is definitely in the air and so is the 15th Augusta Plein Air Art Festival that runs through April 30, 2017.  In its 15 year, the Augusta Plein Air Art Festival is a collaboration featuring numerous talented artists from Missouri as well as from states across the country.

The festival provides artists with the opportunity to enhance their skills and receive recognition for their extraordinary works of art.  It also gives them the chance to create outdoors capturing the traces of natural light in the majestic Missouri Wine Country.

Over 100 artists of all levels are expected to attend this year’s event.  They will be spread through-out the small towns of Washington, Defiance, New Melle, and Augusta capturing the most picturesque settings that can be seen anywhere.

Artists will be recreating historic structures on their canvas such as the scenic rolling hills of wine country, the exquisite Missouri River bluffs, the rich farmland, and the charming Katy Trail.  Visitors can watch the art be created live each day, and have the opportunity to purchase it directly from the easel.

There will be unique events featured each day during the festival at a variety of locations from local wineries to historic sites and in surrounding towns.  Come out and experience the fun filled events of the festival and award winning wineries.

Art completed during the festival will be on display and available for sale each day at the Augusta Visitor Center in the heart of Augusta as well as on location at each special event. Judging and awards and the Final Sale will take place at Mount Pleasant Estates on April 30.

Watch artists take over our hillsides and paint original artwork at Plein Air Evening Paint at Noboleis Vineyards.  Come out and enjoy live music, food and wine tasting April 21, from 4:00pm 9:00 pm.

Below is a list of scheduled events for the festival.  For additional information, go towww.augustapleinair.com.

Daily Events:

Noboleis Quick Paint
April 21, 2017 4:30 pm
Morning at the Park
April 22, 2017 6:00 am