You'll find plenty of awesome eats at the Houston Beer Fest, too.
You'll find plenty of awesome eats at the Houston Beer Fest, too.
Photo by Leonel Nerio

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: 3 Ways to Brew (Plus Dessert & Chili, Too)

Pop Up Bake Sale (feat. Philip Speer) @ Fluff Bake Bar
Saturday, 10 a.m.
314 Gray

Chef Rebecca Masson is launching a pop up bake sale – the first in an ongoing series - at newly opened Fluff Bake Bar in Midtown, this Saturday. Chef Philip Speer, visiting from Austin, will be kicking off the morning with a variety of confections with availability until they sell out. Satisfy your sweet tooth with items like Vietnamese coffee cream puffs, root beer snickerdoodles, savory croissants, red curry peanut butter cookies, pop tarts and scones. In addition to the bake sale, Masson will be whipping up birthday cake cinnamon rolls to celebrate chef Speer’s birthday.

Anniversary Party @ Galveston Island Brewing Company
Saturday, noon to midnight
8423 Stewart

Celebrate this island brewery’s first birthday with special beer releases (Balinese Imperial Smoked Porter, Barley Wine & Ejection Seat IIPA), their first barrel aged Samson Imperial stout and a specialty pin cask. Shrimp N' Stuff Downtown will be on hand to satisfy your soul with a few of its classics and Hey Mikey's Ice Cream will be there for the sweet stuff. The day also includes live music and games like a Kid's Grain Bag Race, Frisbee Golf Putting Tournament, and Cornhole Tournament, as well as ice cream and muffaletta eating contests.

Houston Beer Festival at Hermann Square Park
Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
900 Smith

The fifth annual Houston Beer Fest is back and better than ever. Come sample a selection of 200 brews while you listen to live music over two fun-filled days. Many of the best Houston-based craft breweries will be in attendance, as well as some of finest breweries from around the country. New features include a 1960s inspired area called Love Street, where you’ll find professional hula hoopers, Extreme Air Hockey competitions, a special beer museum, DJs, tacos, and giant Jenga. A one-day pass is $35 and includes general admission, plus 12 two-ounce beer samples. There will also be plenty of full bars and music only and VIP tickets available.

Because tasting chili is the only way to spend a Sunday.
Because tasting chili is the only way to spend a Sunday.
Photo by Katharine Shilcutt

Houston Chili Cook Off @ Union Kitchen
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
12538 Memorial

Chili teams from all over are competing to see who has the hottest chili in town. Culinary masters chef Paul Miller of Union Kitchen, Michael Briggs of Briggs TRUE Texas Sauces & Seasonings, and Cindy and Bruce Wilkins of Cin Chili & Company will be among the judges picking in categories like Texas Red, Wildcard, and Beans Allowed. Come get a taste for a $10 admission fee, which includes access to chili sampling and activities. A percentage of net proceeds will be donated to a non-profit charity.

Bourbon Beer Dinner @ BRC Gastropub
Sunday, 6 p.m.
519 Shepherd

This unique dinner features bourbon barrel-aged beer from four different breweries (including local favorites Karbach and Saint Arnold), plus four awesome courses to pair them with. Enjoy smoked salmon with pickled beets and dill crème fraiche; seared scallops with candied bacon and corn succotash; bourbon-braised short ribs, and pumpkin crème brulee. The pairing dinner costs $70 plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-861-2233 or email brcgastropub.@feedtcc.com for reservations (required).

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