It’s time to strap on your beer helmets — they still make them (they just call them soda helmets these days) — because there are a lot of suds in your future this weekend. [Just a note of caution: make sure the valves work before donning said helmet. Otherwise, you can expect two beers heading toward your caw with the speed and awkwardness of the doubles luge.]
Smokehouse BBQ (8451 NW Prairie View Road) in Zona Rosa is hosting a vertical tasting of the Boulevard Brewing Company’s Saison-Brett tonight beginning at 5 p.m. They’ll have full pours or a flight ($10) of the past three years of Saison-Brett (2013, 2014, & 2015). Zona Rosa is hosting the 2015 Festa Italiana the same weekend. The annual festival is tonight through Sunday with a beer garden, a cannoli eating contest (12 p.m. Saturday) Italian fare, classic cars and live music.
Cobbler Night is back at Dolce Bakery (3930 W 69th Terrace, Prairie Village, Kansas) tonight. It’s from 6 to 8 p.m. and you can dig into tart cherry, peach raspberry and blackberry cobbler with or without a scoop of Glace ice cream.
The KC Microbrews & BBQ Festival is Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Kansas City Museum (3218 Gladstone Boulevard). VIP Tickets, which include admission at 12:30 p.m., are $50. General Admission tickets are $40 in advance, $45 at the door (if available). They include a commemorative tasting glass, two food tickets (the Local Pig will be on hand) and beer samples.
The best part of being an adult? You can have anything you want and call it breakfast. The Martin City Brewing Company (500 East 135th Street) took that idea to heart with its Beer Breakfast. They’re serving up a five-course breakfast with five of their brews (City Saison, Abbey, Quid Feci American Wild Saison with cherries, Robb’s Red IPA, and Dozer’s Coconut Porter). Breakfast is at 9 a.m. tomorrow and is $50.
The Overland Park Farmers Market (7950 Marty Street) will give you a bit more pep in your step this Saturday as the Grand Marquis plays from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Get bread from Ibis Bakery, honey from Heartland Honey, goat cheese from Landeria Farm, mushrooms from Trammell Treasures, or whatever else you need (produce, eggs, and meat) from the more than 70 vendors on hand. The market is open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Like a bit of history with your wine? Learn about the heritage grapes at Vox Vineyards (19310 NW Farley Hampton Road, Kansas City, Missouri), which is launching a monthly taste and tour this Sunday at 1:30 p.m. [Recommended Daily founder Jonathan Bender profiled Vox for a piece in Feast Magazine this month]. Tickets are $14 and include a guided tour of the grounds along with samples of five wines.