Here’s to festival season. As Red from Shawshank once meant to say, “you either get busy eating or get busy dying.”
Your mama told you to eat your vegetables, so make her happy and go to the Lenexa Spinach Festival (Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park) on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $1. More than 80 years after Lenexa was considered the ‘Spinach Capital of the World,’ the leafy green takes center stage with the ‘world’s largest spinach salad’ (150 pounds), cooking demonstrations and a spinach recipe contest.
Tonight is First Friday. Elbow Chocolates (1819 McGee) has their standard deal of a piece of chocolate for $1. Grab dessert first then walk half a block to the Kansas City Star parking lot, where the local daily is hosting 12 food trucks from 5 to 8 p.m. Then go and celebrate Union Station’s 100th anniversary with a 3-D history projected on the side of the building and a free fireworks finale.
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church’s 53rd annual Greek Fest (120th and Wornall) kicks off tonight (6 to 10 p.m.) and runs through Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.). Fill up on lamb chops, souvlaki, gyros, baklava and ravani (a yellow semolina cake topped with sugar and honey-orange syrup).
Pronto pups await at the Kansas State Fair, which begins today and goes through Sunday, September 14. There are pig races and milking demonstrations and plenty of fair food (this year’s theme is ‘get on a stick.’).
Not sure if you like sour beers? Get an education and plenty to taste at Bridger’s Bottle Shop (510 Westport Road), where general manager Erica Pyles has put together a Day of Sours this Saturday. The sampling (including brews from the Crane Brewing Company) and revelry beings at 12 p.m. If you need some additional incentive, the Preservation Market will also be roasting a whole pig.
Haus (3044 Gillham Road) hosts its third annual Octobierfest this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. A ticket, which includes a commemorative tasting glass and the chance to sample from more than 30 brews, is $30.
The Concordia Fall Festival in Concordia, Missouri, is tonight and tomorrow. There’s a beer garden and you can eat German fare (smoked pork chops, bratwurst, Reubens) in the Heidelberg Gardens. They’ve also got a Midway with a carousel and Ferris Wheel.
Love the pioneer lifestyle, but don’t want to travel by covered wagon? Then the Johnson County Old Settlers celebration, which is today and tomorrow, is right up your alley. Work your way through walking tacos, kettle corn, peach floats, pie a la mode, and turkey legs at the carnival in downtown Olathe.
India Fest 2014 is set for Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Overland Park Convention Center (6000 College Boulevard). The free festival, hosted by the India Association of Kansas City, has traditional dancing, crafts and a host of Indian cuisine.[Image via Facebook: Lenexa Spinach Festival]