Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Get Your Gyro on at Greek Fest
Niko Niko's Gyro Eating Contest is just some of the fun lined up at the 2016 Houston Greek Fest.
Photo by Adrienne Byard
Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Houston Greek Fest @ St. Basil The Great Greek Orthodox Church
Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
1100 Eldridge Parkway
Get a taste of Hellenic culture at this Greek festival, featuring the finest in Greek foods, pastries and wine, plus a gyro eating contest, church tours, shopping, dancing and children’s activities. Don’t miss your chance to stuff your face with spanakopita, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmathes and baklava. Admission is $3 per adult and free for children ten and under (free admission also available Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Grand Opening Fun Fest @ Southern Star Brewing Co.
Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
3525 North Frazier
Southern Star is unveiling its 13-acre property, which features a beautiful outdoor beer garden and a second-story 3,200-square-foot taproom overlooking the production side of the brewery. Guests can expect a solid lineup of brews, including the two newest (Conspiracy Theory and Spring Pilsner), plus live music, food trucks, snow cones, horseshoe pits, darts, corn hole and washers. Parking is limited at the brewery itself, so they’ve worked out a special parking arrangement at the Conroe Marketplace, FM 3083 and I-45 North. Guests can park there and hop on a free shuttle to and from the brewery.
Texas Taco & Music Festival @ Navigation Esplanade
Saturday, noon to 9 p.m.
Along with plenty of live music from acts like Wild Moccasins and Piñata Protest, this taco and music festival boasts tons of awesome Mexican and Tex-Mex fare. Hit it up for a taco throwdown, chef salsa demos, and eats from El Tiempo, Meridas Restaurant and Dona Maria’s, to name a few. General admission tickets are $8, with kids 12 and under free.
3rd Annual Bayou Jamboree & Crawfish Boil @ Market Square Park
Saturday, 3 p.m.
There’s no need to make the trek to NOLA to get your Cajun fix; just hit the historic Market Square for a day full of beer, crawfish, Cajun eats and lots of horn-blowing, two-stepping fun. Treebeards Restaurant will be on site serving up boiled crawfish and some of its popular classics like red beans and rice and shrimp étouffée, and Truck on the Bayou and Yeti Sunshine will also be available to help you curb your cravings. After the festivities, stop into your favorite watering hole or head over to Market on Main (7 p.m. to 2 a.m.) for some of the city's best food truck eats.
Go Wagyu @ Soma Sushi
Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
Kata Robata and the Azuma Group have brought back their signature event, but this time, they are moving from swine to bovine by going Wagyu! Houston’s top chefs will battle it out in a wagyu beef throwdown with their most inventive, delicious dishes, featuring authentic A5 Wagyu beef imported from Japan. Enjoy tastes of the Wagyu dishes as well as bites from the kitchens of Kata Robata and Soma, and complimentary beer from 8th Wonder Brewery, wine from Duchman Winery and sake from Mexcor. Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event are $199 and are available via Eventbrite.