Over 60 local eateries join together for the Houston Zoo's Feast with the Beasts.
Over 60 local eateries join together for the Houston Zoo's Feast with the Beasts.
Photo by Mai Pham

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: A Feast with the Beasts

Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:

Feast with the Beasts at the Houston Zoo
Friday, 7 to 11 p.m.
6200 Hermann Park

The Houston Zoo’s annual Feast with the Beasts offers one epic night of wining and dining in the park. This year’s food, beer and wine celebration features more than 60 restaurants with musical guest Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. General admission tickets are $119 for members and $129 for non-members.

Annual BBQ Cook-Off at Little Woodrow’s Midtown
Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
2306 Brazos

This sixth annual Little Woody’s Cook-Off has switched up its game, moving from wild game to Texas-style barbecue. Teams will compete in three traditional categories – brisket, ribs and chicken – and one open category, featuring any meat outside those categories. The event is free to attend and is 21-and-up.

Craft Beer & BBQ Festival at Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen
Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.
4526 Research Forest

Head to Hubbell & Hudson Kitchen, where five breweries will team up to pour two rare, limited-time-only and sought-after beers each, and the kitchen will be dishing out its signature slow-smoked barbecue, including dry-aged beef ribs. Tickets for craft beer tasting are $45 per person, sold at the door (including a five ounce tasting glass), and the barbecue will be sold separately. 

The Greater Houston Food Truck Festival at the Hobby Event Center
Saturday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m.
9906 Gulf Freeway

This massive all-day food truck festival will be kid-friendly from 1 to 8 p.m., then adults-only until 2 a.m. Attendees can expect a bounce house, snow cones and ice cream, adult-friendly beverages and plenty of food trucks. Tickets are $10 or free from 1 to 4 p.m. with an RSVP. 

A Taste of Things to Come: Kitchen Takeover at Underbelly
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
1100 Westheimer

In anticipation of the "I'll Have What She's Having Benefit Dinner," which will bring together an all-female cast of chefs and industry professionals to raise funds in support of women’s healthcare this Spring, a series of "A Taste of Things to Come" pop-up dinners will take place throughout the fall. This next event will brings together past and current chefs reunite to raise funds for the uninsured female patients of Legacy Community Health. Chef Erin Smith of Feges BBQ, chef de partie Madalyn Lester and pastry director Victoria Dearmond will team up to present the three-course dinner. Tickets are $60 per person. 

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