Grunauer’s Oktoberfest & other weekend possibilities

weeekend-092515Feel like you’ve lost that oompa? Get it back at Grunauer’s sixth annual Oktoberfest 2015 (101 W 22nd Street), which is tonight and tomorrow. They’ll have live acts, headlined by Hazelnuss from Los Angeles, but the spread is the serious draw. You can get spicy paprika soup, streussel cake, bierocks, or liptauer cheese with local radishes. Admission is $12, food and beer tokens are $6 and steins are $10.

There’s plenty of Oktoberfest to go around this week. Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest is tonight (5 to 11 p.m.) and tomorrow. There’s a carnival on Sunday, as well. They’ll have live music, a stein hoisting competition (in the Biergarten from 1 to 3 p.m.) and craft vendors. And Westport is holding an Oktoberfest Pub Crawl Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a mug, two German beers and your passport to travel to six different spots in Westport.

Cinder Block Brewery (1110 E 18th Avenue) celebrates its two-year anniversary this week with a Firkin Friday night tonight and barrel aged brews tapping tomorrow.
Wake your tongue up with Torn Label Brewing Company’s (1708 Campbell Street) Tonguelash release party Saturday at 12 p.m. They’ll have their dry-hopped sour in bottles for the first time, as well as limited edition t-shirts. You can take both home for $25. The Ahumado Taco Company will also be on hand selling Tonguelash-inspired tacos.

Looking for fellow hot pepper lovers? Then stop by the free pepper tasting put on by James Worley at the Local Pig (2618 Guinotte Avenue) in the East Bottoms. The table starts with sweet and then moves up in heat to the Carolina Reaper (hide your kids, hide your wives). Bring your own peppers, side dish or something to cool down the mouths of your fellow heat-heads. The free event kicks off at 5 p.m.

The 84th annual Plaza Art Fair runs today (5 to 10 p.m.) through Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). You may be looking for a great piece for your home, but save room for the eats. The Capital Grille has a serious steak sandwich, Gram & Dun is serving duck fat fries, Bo Ling’s has dan dan noodles amd L’Ecole Culinaire will have poutine (french fries, cheese curds and gravy).

Some festivals have staying power. Case in point, the 2015 Overland Park Fall Festival and Parade, which will be held for the 54th year on Saturday. The adjoining farmers’ market has extended hours form 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and they’ll have everything from funnel cakes to walking tacos to povitica by the slice. It’s a nice way to say goodbye to the county fair season.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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