Midwest Tea Fest & other weekend possibilities

weekend-060515Serious tea love is brewing in Kansas City. The Midwest Tea Fest 2015 is set for Saturday in the JC Nichols Auditorium Lobby of the National World War I Museum (100 W 26th Street, Kansas City, Missouri) at Liberty Memorial. The tea festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features tea tastings and seminars on tea appreciation, preparation and sourcing. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Food Trucks battle for taste bud supremacy at the KC Food Truck Face Off tonight at 5 p.m. The event, hosted by the Mid-Continent Public Library, is at The Roasterie (1204 W 27th Street). There will be four food trucks — Pie Hole, Plantain District, Bochi and Cheeesy Pops’ Pizza — will be competing to be named the KC Food Truck Rookie of the Year. Rock & Run and Cinder Block Brewery will also be serving beer. Tickets are $35.

The Get Ripped Brew Fest returns for a second year Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s an anniversary celebration for the North Kansas City brewery (216 E 9th Avenue, North Kansas City) with live music, 14 participating breweries, Amigoni Urban Winery & J Rieger & Co. Tickets are $35.

Ain’t no block party like a Crossroads Summer Block Party. The Pitch and Golden Sound Records have put together a free concert in the Crossroads. It’s from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight at W 19th & Wyandotte.  [The block party has been rescheduled for July 3 because of potential thunderstorms.]

The Sugar Creek Slavic Fest (11520 E Putnam, Sugar Creek, Missouri) is tonight and tomorrow. The festival, at 30 years and counting, has a sausage eating contest, plenty of non-competitive eating options (cabbage rolls, Croatian potato salad and povitica), as well as live music (accordions will be in effect).

Downtown Days kicks off tonight in Lee’s Summit and runs through Sunday. The three-day street fair stretches over six blocks in the central business district. There’s a BBQ contest, The Elders (Saturday 8:30 p.m.), Civil War re-enactors, a petting zoo, anda carnival.

Old Shawnee Days (Shawnee Town 1929, 11600 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, Kansas) have already started. The ode to living history (which lasts through Sunday) includes a pie baking contest, a pancake breakfast (Saturday/Sunday 7 to 10 a.m.) and the annual parade tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Love strawberries and history? Well, then hold on to your petticoats. The Vaile Mansion (1500 North Liberty Street, Independence) is holding its Vaile Strawberry Festival on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the craft and antique fair is free, but you have to buy your strawberry goodies. It’s $6 to tour the Mansion.

The Mission Farm and Flower Market — a new farmers market — debuts in Mission (Reed and Johnson Drive) this Saturday. Get goat cheese from Landeria Farm, granola from Tasty Nuggets Granola or jams from The Jelly Man. The market will be open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September.

Jonathan Bender

Jonathan Bender is the founder of The Recommended Daily.

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