Head to The Hay Merchant to taste a special collaboration from Clown Shoes and Blacksmith.
Head to The Hay Merchant to taste a special collaboration from Clown Shoes and Blacksmith.
Photo by Julie Soefer

Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Tasty Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Evenings on the Esplanade – Winter Soulstice @ Navigation Esplanade
Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.
2800 Navigation

Hit this East End Street Market to shop for the perfect Christmas gift; enjoy great brews from 8th Wonder, Karbach and St. Arnold; chow down on awesome eats from local chefs; and groove to soulful tunes spun by DJ FX Box. Affinity Craft Chocolate will be serving up decadent cups of liquid chocolate to warm you up, and Chocolate Wasted will be dishing out a seasonal selection of artisan ice cream to keep things cool. 

Dude, Sweet Chocolate Saturday Morning Bake Sale @ Fluff Bake Bar
Saturday, 10 a.m.
314 Gray

This week’s cult favorite bake sale is featuring last-minute chocolate gifts from Dallas chocolatier Dude, Sweet Chocolate, plus chocolate-inspired goods from the Sugar Fairy herself. Get ‘em from 10 a.m. until they sell out.

Farmer’s Market @ Town City in Brewing
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
1125 W Cavalcade

This new Heights brewery is setting up its first Farmers and Holiday Craft Market. Buy locally grown produce, shop for unique, handcrafted gifts, and sip brews all along the way. There will also be a special Sunday brunch from the Tied House Kitchen.

Houston Texans, BBQ, & Brews @ The Hay Merchant
Sunday, noon to 3 p.m.
1100 Westheimer

For select Texans away games, THM serves up Blood Bros. barbecue alongside their tasty brews. This week’s lineup features honey-glazed quail, smoked boudin and hot links, and roasted creamed corn. Get a two-meat plate for $13 and a three-meat plate for $16.

Tapping of Un-aged Hephaestus @ The Hay Merchant
Sunday, 7 p.m.
1100 Westheimer

Love coffee? Love beer? Taste this first ever Clown Shoes and Blacksmith collaboration, which imparts coffee into the brewing process instead of just blending it in. Clown Shoes is known for brewing beers unique to individual states. In the past, they've released a Texas-only beer called Fistful of Unidragon, a barrel-aged version of their popular The Good, The Bad & The Unidragon. Now they’ve teamed up with Blacksmith to create a special version of Fistful of Unidragon — called Hephaestus (Blacksmith of the Gods) — featuring espresso from the coffee bar. The Hay Merchant has a very limited amount of this un-aged espresso-blended beer. One keg will be tapped this Sunday, and the other will be reserved for Hay Merchant's fourth-anniversary party in February.  

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