Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Celebrate 21 with Houston's Oldest Brewery

Food Truck Friday @ Houston Press
Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
2603 La Branch (La Branch and McGowen)

We’re kicking off our Houston Press Food Truck Friday series with Skratch Food Truck. Stop by our office during lunch to get a taste of an “Eclectic Ethnic American Culinary Experience.” The chef-driven food truck offers from-scratch eats like chimichuri and ribeye Brazilian steak sandwiches, roasted Cubans, loaded poutine, and more. Be sure to check our weekly schedule to see what Friday food truck we’ll be featuring next.

Woodlands Wine & Food Week @ Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center
Friday – Saturday
1601 Lake Robbins

The Woodlands Wine & Food Week is coming to an end. Don’t miss the remaining events, which include Friday's Sips, Suds and Tacos tasting and Saturday's Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, among others. At Friday’s event, you’ll get to taste and sip the night away as top area chefs will compete for the Tasty Taco Trophy. Your $20 ticket includes entrance to the event, tacos from the competing chefs, 5 drink tickets good for 5 samples or one glass of beer or wine, live music and more. Additional drink sample tickets will be available on site at $1 per ticket.

Saturday’s big Grand Tasting event is a dressy affair featuring a wonderland of masterful culinary creations and wine from around the world. The elegant evening touts live action preparations by accomplished chefs from all across the country competing for the Chef of Chefs Award. Features include 500 wines, The Champagne Gazebo, charity auction and a sweet ending to a fantastic evening in the "Just Desserts" Zone. Tickets are $125.

Texas Hot Stuff Market Festival @ CityCentre
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
800 Town and Country

Grab your cowboy hats and boots, and mosey out to the plaza from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a festival of all things spicy, fiery, hot and hotter. The Texas-centric market will highlight a variety of vendors from across the state. There will also be exciting activities such as the "Hot" Dog Pet Costume Contest at noon and a Jalapeño Eating Competition at 2 p.m.

21st Anniversay Party @ Saint Arnold Brewery
Saturday and Sunday
200 Lyons

Saint Arnold Brewing Company is finally of legal drinking age! Help the brewery celebrate its 21st Birthday with a two days of festivities. On Saturday, they’ll host their regularly scheduled Saturday tours; then open up the Tour Hall for a special Pub Night from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Special beers available for the evening will include 20th Anniversary Ale three ways: the original celebratory Barleywine, a sneak preview of BB10 (Bourbon Barrel 20th Anniversary Ale) and a special keg of Cognac Barrel Aged 20th Anniversary Ale. They’ll also tap a cask of Amber Ale with Mosaic hops, because Amber is also 21! There is no admission, just choose what brews you want to purchase and hit up the food trucks on hand.

On Sunday, get ready a Saint Arnold Beer Festival. The brewery will be bringing back the Special Rare Cellar Tasting, where it offers samplings of one of a kind selections and items pulled from Brock's Stock. The event will be available in two sessions (noon to 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are $60 plus tax and include 2-ounce samples of each beer, Houston Dairymaids Cheese tasting table and special souvenir 21st Anniversary tasting glass. Food will be available for purchase from the kitchen.

4th Annual Curry Crawl @ Straits Restaurant
Sunday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
800 Sorella

The 4th Annual STRAITS Curry Crawl is back and is turning up the heat. Get fired up with unlimited tastings of curry-infused bites from some of the city’s top chefs, including chef Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano, Greg Lowry of Bradley’s Fine Diner/Pour Society, Jonathan Levine of Jonathan’s the Rub, and more. Your ticket ($55) also includes flavorful wines, Leprechaun Cider, and hand-crafted Bacardi cocktails. The annual sellout event will raise money for Spaulding for Children and its efforts in building and sustaining strong, nurturing families for children who have endured abuse, neglect or abandonment.

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