Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Houston Firkin Fest @ Hennessy Park
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.
The Houston Firkin Fest is a celebration of unique Texas craft beer served in traditional casks – also known as firkins. It's now in its third year, and guests can expect unique, rare and hard-to-get beers from craft breweries in Houston and across the state, including Karbach, No Label and Real Ale. General admission tickets are $40 ($50 at gate if available) and include a commemorative tasting cup, plus eight sample tickets. VIP tickets are $80 ($100 at the gate if available) and include 12:30 p.m. access (pours start at 1 p.m.), plus the tasting cup and sampling tickets, a T-shirt and quality mingling time with brewery reps.
Spring Food Truck Festival @ Haak Vineyards and Winery
Saturday, 2 to 8 p.m.
6310 Avenue T
This Spring Food Truck Festival, benefiting Alvin Community College Culinary Arts, features seven trucks and more than 30 vendors, plus a live band playing on the property. There will also be a huge silent auction, with 100 percent of the proceeds going straight to scholarship money for the students of the community college. Tickets are $10, and children 12 and younger are free.
Houston Press BrewFest @ Silver Street Station
Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m.
Our 5th Annual BrewFest is finally here! Come to the indoor/outdoor beer-sampling event and festival to get a taste of 150-plus craft beers, local eats from BanBan's Cuisine, Buttz Gourmet Food Truck and Fuzzy's Taco Shop, and live music. General admission tickets are $35 (or $45 day of if available) and include eight three-ounce wine, liquor or beer samplings, plus entertainment. VIP tickets are $60 (or $70 day of) and include all of that, PLUS access to the VIP Area, which is serving up specialty/seasonal beers and complimentary food. Twenty-one and up only.
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Chris Shepherd’s Korean Chicken Dinner House @ Underbelly
Sunday, 11 a.m. till it sells out
You won’t want to miss Underbelly’s transformation into a Korean chicken dinner house, inspired by Babe's Chicken Dinner House in Roanoke, Texas. The one-of-a-kind event celebrates the life of the restaurant's pastry chef Victoria Dearmond's closest friend, Emily Rhodes Beard, and will raise money to pay off her remaining medical bills. Head there when doors open and grab a seat at the large community tables (or order to go), then choose between two options: Korean fried chicken or ssamjang-crusted smoked short ribs. Both come with all the fixings: kimchi slaw, Korean macaroni salad and Korean-style green salad. Cost is $45 per person, and Dearmond will also be rocking a bake sale with goodies for $5 each. No reservations are required.
Pop-Up w/ Chef Mark Jang @ Wooster’s Garden
Sunday, 6 p.m.
The Midtown craft beer and cocktail garden will be hosting a special pop-up dinner featuring chef Mark Jang and benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Jang honed his skills at the Riverside Korean Restaurant in Cincinnati before moving to Houston and returning to a career in commercial real estate. But his passion for food continues, so he's coming back with a one-night pop-up with a focus on Korean flavors. Dishes include $7 Korean seaweed salad with tempura shrimp, $9 bulgogi tacos and $13 braised pork belly with kim bob and green papaya salad.