From an Oktoberfest celebration to eating alllllll the shrimp, here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
Kolache Pop-Up at King’s Biergarten
Saturday, 8 to 11 a.m. (or until sold out)
1329 East Broadway
King's Biergarten is hosting its second kolache pop-up, inviting guests to feast and get a preview of its new Heights restaurant, King’s BierHaus. Taking some of its best wursts and using scratch-made dough, varieties include three cheese with fresh jalapeño and smoked Polish sausage; bratwurst and Swiss cheese; spicy kielbasa and cheddar; a Reuben sandwich kolache; and a sweet cream cheese kolache with melted strawberries. Note: At the last pop-up, the restaurant sold out in less than two hours.
Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival at Strand Historic District
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
23rd & Strand
Seafood lovers can head to the Strand for a day of shrimp, music, friends and fun. Event activities include a shrimp gumbo cookoff, a gumbo tasting, a free outdoors show, an official 5K, a "Lil’ Shrimps" parade, live music, vendors, a kids area and a Strand merchant walkabout. Gumbo Stroll tickets and gumbo bowl and beer packages can be purchased for $12.
Oktoberfest Houston at The Water Works
Saturday, 12:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Time to prost! Oktoberfest Houston has made its way to the epicenter of the city, The WaterWorks at Buffalo Bayou Park. The beer fest with a German twist will showcase German and Texas culture through biers, brats, polka, and special events like the Stein Hoisting Competition and Chicken Dance. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, with VIP tickets also available.
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Lessons from Scotland at Anvil Bar & Refuge
Sunday, 4 to 10 p.m.
Assistant general manager Jessey Qi and Anvil owner Bobby Heugel recently embarked on a Scotch-centric journey through Scotland, and after visiting 50 distilleries throughout the U.K. and Ireland (47 were Scotch distilleries), Qi is ready to share the wealth of his experiences. He and general manager Terry Williams will lead guests through a series of tastings, as guests purchase six pours of single malt Scotch and one Scotland-inspired cocktail for $60, or an upgraded ticket for $90, where two of the pours are replaced with rarer selections. The team will take reservations (required and to be purchased in advance) for one-hour time slots 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Ceviche Project at Peska Seafood Culture
Sunday, 6 to 9 p.m.
1700 Post Oak
A one-of-a-kind ceviche pop-up, originating in Los Angeles in 2011, will be making its Houston debut for one night only. Beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. followed by a five-course, cocktail-paired dinner at 6:45 p.m., Houstonians can embark on an exclusive culinary journey of the senses, with seafood dishes incorporating seasonal citruses, exotic spices, and a unique combo of authentic Mexican and modern-day Japanese cooking techniques. Tickets are $100.