The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Spice Things Up at the 14th Annual Hot Sauce Festival

Mixers & Elixirs @ Houston Museum of Natural Science Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 5555 Hermann Park Drive

Don't you just love Talk Like A Pirate Day? The Houston Museum of Natural Science sure does because that's the theme for this Mixers & Elixirs event. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., embrace your inner pirate and enjoy a variety of spirits from the cash bar while listening to live music from Mango Punch. H-Town StrEATs and Sticky Chicken food trucks will be on-site to fill up your tummies with some scrumptious grub. Tickets cost is $20 per person.

Saint Arnold Brewery Beer Pairing Dinner @ NOE Grill Friday, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 4 Riverway

NOE Grill, located inside the Omni Houston Galleria Hotel will host a special beer pairing dinner featuring brews from Saint Arnold for $78 per person. Guests will be greeted with a reception of passed hors 'doeuvres of braised pork belly and enoki mushroom summer roll pinwheels with miso emulsion. The first course pairs Santo with ricotta and Spanish chorizo beignets, charred fresh onions and ghost-piquillo pepper aioli. Next, sip on Weedwacker with a green papaya salad including lemon-ginger shrimp and crushed salted peanuts. The third course features a coriander-crusted Bandera quail with green curried grits and pork belly lardons paired with Elissa IPA. The final savory course pairs the 20th Anniversary Ale with seared Texas antelope loin with Saint Arnold's Root Beer-rhubarb compote and black garlic buttered tri-color potato hash. Dessert includes Bishop's Barrel No. 6 and dark rum-poached raisin bread pudding with a vanilla meringue, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream quenelle (beautiful oval-shaped ice cream).

Untapped Festival @ Discovery Green Saturday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 1500 McKinney

Untapped Festival returns to Discover Green on Saturday. This indie music and beer festival will include concerts throughout the day from a variety of acts, including Toadies, Bad Books and Robert Ellis. But, there's also lots of beer from a multitude of breweries. Saint Arnold Brewing Co. will offer a selection of Bishop's Barrel (Imperial Stout, Weizenbock and Imperal Pumpkin Stout) as well as the Endeavour, Boiler Room and Tequila Barrel Divine Reserve 14. Karbach will have Krunkin Pumpkin, Prickly Pear Wheat, Rodeo Clown and a few canned beers -- Karbachtoberfest, Weekend Warrior, Hopadillo and Weisse Versa Wheat. 8th Wonder Brewery will have Rocket Fuel, Hopston and Dome Faux'm. Other featured local breweries include Cycler's Brewing Co., Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co., Fort Bend Brewing Co., Lone Pint Brewery, and Texian Brewing Co. Breweries from around the country and state will be in attendance as well. General admission tickets cost $30 and get you into the concerts, but if you purchase a beer and concert ticket for $38, you will also receive 12 two-ounce beer samples and an Untapped Tasting Cup.

iBurn will be at the Hot Sauce Festival this weekend.
iBurn will be at the Hot Sauce Festival this weekend.
Photo by John Kiely

14th Annual Hot Sauce Festival @ Stafford Centre for Performing Arts Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. 10505 Cash

If you love hot and spicy food, then the 14th Annual Hot Sauce Festival is for you. General admission tickets cost $10 and children under 12 years get in for free to this weekend event at Stafford Centre. Sample hot sauce, salsa, wing sauce, jams and jellies, dips and pickled products from vendors found all over the country, even some from Australia. Some local vendors include iBurn, Salinas Salsa Works and Texas Hill Country Olive Co. Other activities during the festival include the Silverlead International's Ghost Pepper salsa eating competition and CaJohn's Fiery Foods The Execution Station where someone will attempt to "climb the ladder of heat" and work their way through progressively hotter hot sauces. There will be food and drink stations to help you cool your palate, too.

Local Fare for Local Freedom @ Sparrow Bar + Cookshop Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 3701 Travis

On Sunday at Sparrow Bar & Cookshop, six local chefs will battle it out to win the Freedom Chef 2014 title during this fundraising event benefiting A 2nd Cup, a non-profit coffee shop fighting against human trafficking in Houston. The proceeds from this event will help A 2nd Cup open its permanent shop in town. Tickets cost $100 and include a variety of hors d'oeuvres from the competing chefs and participation in the silent auction. Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop along with chef Dawn Burrell of Chef Dawn Burrell Catering, chef Soren Pedersen of Currant Kitchen, chef Donald Chang of Nara Sushi & Korean Kitchen, chef Amalia Pferd of Good Dog Houston and chef Travis Lenig of Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette will compete for the title of Freedom Chef 2014. Guests will get to taste their creations and vote on the favorite with their donations.

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Houston Museum of Natural Science

5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX 77030


H-Town StrEATS

No address listed
Houston, TX 77031

Omni Houston Hotel

Four Riverway
Houston, TX 77056


Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney
Houston, TX 77010


Saint Arnold Brewery

2000 Lyons Ave.
Houston, TX 77020


Karbach Brewing Co.

2032 Karbach St.
Houston, TX 77092

8th Wonder Brewery

2202 Dallas St.
Houston, TX 77003


Stafford Centre

10505 Cash Rd.
Stafford, TX 77477

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop - CLOSED - Closed

3701 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002


Good Dog Houston

903 Studewood St.
Houston, TX 77008


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