Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Get Your Whiskey On

The fourth annual Houston Whiskey Festival offers tastes for both the novice and the professional whiskey drinker.EXPAND
The fourth annual Houston Whiskey Festival offers tastes for both the novice and the professional whiskey drinker.
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Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings, from whiskey and beer to global street eats:

Tomball German Heritage Festival at Old Town Tomball
Friday, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Near the Historical Train Depot Plaza, 201 South Elm

Celebrate the best of Oktoberfest (but in Spring) at this weekend-long German heritage fest. The event is free to attend, with a lineup of more than 175 vendors, German and festive eats and drink, keg taps, hollerin’ contests, a chicken dance, a petting zoo, street performers, arts and crafts and souvenirs.

Saint Arnold Sugar Land Pub Crawl at Sugar Land Town Square
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.
Highway 6 and U.S. 59

This cult-favorite pub crawl makes a stop in Sugar Land Town Square, where beer lovers will hop from Flying Saucer, Guru Burgers & Crepes, Rouxpour, Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co., The Sugar Refinery and Baker St. Pub & Grill before ending the party at City Hall, where they’ll be awarded a well-earned pint glass. Crawlers can hit any of the six stops between 2 and 3 p.m. to pick up a punch card, and hop around in any order from there.

Houston Whiskey Festival at Bayou City Event Center
Saturday, 6 to 10 p.m.
9401 Knight

Whiskey lovers won’t want to miss this fourth annual whiskey festival, which features a lineup of bourbon, rye, blended scotch and more, plus a cigar lounge and seminars from master blenders and distillers. Tickets are $65 for general admission and include samplings of a wide range of whiskeys and spirits, an event program and pen, entrance to seminars and gourmet hors d’oeuvres (while supplies last). Designated driver and VIP tickets are also available and all tickets will be sold online only. Cocktail dress and blazers are required (business attire at minimum).

5th Anniversary Street Food Carnival at Underbelly
Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
1100 Westheimer

Help this Montrose favorite celebrate five years of “reppin’ Houston with love” by attending its fun-filled street food carnival. In true Houston fashion, guests can taste street foods from around the globe, with Southern barbecue brisket, Mexican discada tacos, Indian vindaloo pani puri, Korean-style whole hog ssam and Vietnamese banh trang tron (shrimp and rice paper salad), plus complimentary popcorn, cotton candy and sno-cones. Guests can also expect carnival games, including ring toss, balloon darts, a dunk tank featuring Underbelly managers and a Chris Shepherd “hug booth.” Tickets are $45 and include five food tickets and three game tickets (kids under 12 are free).

Wooster’s Second Anniversary Celebration at Wooster’s Garden
Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
3315 Milam

Wooster’s Garden is celebrating two years by throwing down with live music from Wild Moccasins and Los Skarnales, food from its kitchen, Luna Y Sol, and The Arepa Grill, a complimentary professional photobooth, $3 house Fireball shots all night, and a roster of handcrafted cocktails featuring Ancho Reyes, Citadelle Gin, Don Julio Tequila, Glenfiddich Scotch, Hudson Whiskey, Montelobos Mezcal, Pierre Ferrand Cognac, Plantation Rum, Reyka Vodka and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey.

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