Green Dirt Farm is throwing open its doors a la Willy Wonka — only there’s cheese, glorious cheese, at the end of this open house. The Farm Tours are Sunday and there are still tickets ($15) available for the hour-long slots at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Learn about how the Weston farm raises sheep and turns their milk into cheese. Tickets are $17 on the day of the tour.
Andre’s Chocolates & Confisserie Suisse (5018 Main Street) is holding a grand opening for its coffee and wine bar Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 ($50 goes directly to Kansas City Young Audiences) and they’ll be serving sweets, hors d’ouevres and Boulevard beer. The new wine bar had a soft opening earlier this month and Andre’s also added a patio space.
The 28th annual Lenexa Chili Challenge in Old Town Lenexa is today and tomorrow. More than 200 teams will compete to see who has got the best crock of chili. It’s tonight from 6 to 10 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free as are the samples (Saturday).
Today is Fried Chicken Friday, as it is every Friday at Anna’s Oven (1809 W 39th Street). The 39th Street restaurant serves you three pieces of buttermilk fried chicken, mashed potatoes and coleslaw for $11.
Have you been waiting to find the perfect pumpkin for your Jack-O-Lantern? Wait no longer. Faulkner’s Pumpkin Farm (10600 Raytown Road) is celebrating pumpkin season through Friday, October 31. It’s hay rides, a field maze, pumpkin pretzels and roast-your-own-S’mores. Admission is $8 per person and the hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Get inspiration at Pumpkins on Parade Saturday. The trails at Cave Spring (8701 Gregory) will be lined with lit pumpkins from 4:30 to 9 p.m. The event is free. Prefer you pumpkin in a cup? Parisi Coffee (Union Station, Park Place, Leawood) is making pumpkin caramel lattes for KC Coffee & Tea Week.
Beerfest at the Ballpark is Saturday from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Community America Ballpark (1800 Village West Parkway). Sample more than 200 beers, including brews from High Noon Saloon, Evil Twin, Oskar Blues, and Green Flash. Tickets are $35.99.
Stone Pillar Vineyard and Winery (11000 S Woodland Road, Olathe) is hosting Hofftoberfest (so named for their semi-sweet German-style wine), a two-day festival Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. They’ll be food trucks (Funnel Cake Truck, the Meinie Weinie Wagon), a pumpkin patch, craft vendors, and plenty of wine (for purchase). Admission is free.[Image via Facebook: Green Dirt Farm]