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Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Thai Brunch & a Rare Beer Fest

2nd Annual Patio Crawfish Boil @ Tony Mandola's Gulf Coast Kitchen Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 1212 Waugh

Head to this Gulf coast kitchen for a good ol' fashioned Cajun crawfish boil on Saturday. Live music starts at 1 p.m. but the mudbugs start at 11 a.m. Get them for $8.99 per pound with potatoes and corn, or $16.99 per pound with potatoes, corn, Andouille sausage, shrimp and whole artichoke. You can also expect happy hour prices on selected beverages throughout the day.

Houston Firkin Fest @ Hennessy Park Saturday, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. 1900 Lyons

Head to this beer festival to get a taste of rare cask beer from your favorite local breweries, including Saint Arnold, No Label, Buffalo Bayou, and more. A $35 ticket will get you a tasting cup, plus eight samples, with additional sampling packages available for purchase ($4 for 4 sample tickets, $8 for 8). VIP packages with early admission, plus a T-shirt and growler ($70) and designated driver tickets ($10) are also available.

Haak Madeira Food Festival @ Haak Vineyard & Winery Saturday, 3 p.m. - 10 p.m. 6310 Ave. T

The 4th annual Haak Madeira Food Truck, Art and Wine Festival will feature several Houston-based food trucks, 2 live bands, local artists, pictures with the Easter bunny and an egg hunt for the kids. There will also be a huge silent auction which raises money for the Alvin Community College Culinary Arts program. Tickets to the event are $10 per person ($2 wine club member discount available with RSVP).

Historical Katy Crawfish Festival @ No Label Brewery Sunday, noon - 9 p.m. 5351 1st

Katy's favorite brewery will be hosting this 2nd Annual Crawfish Fest. $10 (or $8 if you pre-purchase online by March 28) will get you in the door, where you'll find live music and paintball alongside crawfish, nachos, snow cones, a dessert truck, cigars, and more. Beer tickets will be sold inside festival for $3. Kids under 12 get in free.

Foreign Correspondents Brunch @ Kipper Club Test Kitchen Sunday, available seatings at 1 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.; and 2:30 p.m. 4400 N. Yale, Suite D

Get a glimpse into the future of Foreign Correspondents as chef PJ Stoops brings his trademark Isaan Thai to this exclusive and sure to be outrageous brunch service. For $25, feast on Chiang Mai noodles, fried chicken with roast green chili dip, duck and duck egg rice porridge, and more. Space is already filling up, so reserve your spot now.

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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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