2nd Haak Madeira Food Truck, Art and Culinary Festival @ Haak Vineyard & Winery Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. 6310 Avenue T., Santa Fe
Spend your Saturday at Haak Vineyard & Winery during the 2nd Haak Madeira Food Truck, Art and Culinary Festival. Angie's Cake, Mom & Eddie's, Foreign Policy and Speers Rolling Bistro will all be in attendance to serve up their scrumptious treats and bites to eat throughout the day. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by wearing green and enjoying free samples of Madeira wine and festive green sangria. Bring the kids and let them play in the children's activity center while you visit the various food and artisan vendors. Live music will be provided by The Jig Is Up! from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be a silent auction benefiting the Alvin Community College Culinary Arts Department. Tickets for adults and children are $10.
150th Birthday of Pear Hélène @ Bistro Provence Saturday, all day 13616 Memorial Dr.
Don't beware the Ides of March; Bistro Provence is celebrating with a Pear Hélène instead. Although March 15 is most popularly known as the Ides of March, it is also Pear Hélène Day. What is a Pear Hélène, you ask? Why, it is a dessert created by Auguste Escoffier in 1864; he named the dessert after La Belle Hélène, an operetta by Jacques Offenbach, and this Saturday marks the 150th birthday of the dish. For $8, you can enjoy a tall dessert glass filled with simple syrup-poached pears, chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream.
First Annual H-Town Throwdown St. Patrick's Day Party @ Silver Street Studios Saturday, 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. 2000 Edwards St.
St. Patrick's Day is on Monday, but who wants to wait until then to celebrate the green-beer-drinking day? Silver Street Studios invites you to paint the town red...err, green...during the First Annual H-Town Throwdown St. Patrick's Day Party filled with live music, a dunking booth, football-toss contest and, most important, a variety of food and drinks. Wrecking Crew BBQ will be serving up barbecue alongside a few Houston food trucks and five cash bars. Enjoy American food with Celtic cocktails and Irish drinks while you listen to Celtic rock music and a bag piper. Tickets are $20 and include admission, and two free drink tickets for Karbach and Saint Arnold beers, Rebecca Creek vodka and whiskey.
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Houston Whiskey Festival @ Julia Ideson Building Saturday, 7-10 p.m. 550 McKinney
Don't miss out on the first Houston Whiskey Festival tomorrow. From 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., you'll be able to sample more than 60 whiskeys brought in from distilleries around the world, including spirits from Japan, Ireland, Canada and several states in the U.S., including Alabama and Texas. Purchase general admission tickets in advance (no tickets will be sold at the door) for $65, or $125 for VIP tickets. General admission tickets will grant each person entrance to the event, including seminars, a drink card, hors d'oeuvres from Hearsay Gastro Lounge, Mr. Peeples Seafood and Steak and 51 Fifteen Restaurant and Lounge, an event program and pen, access to the cigar lounge, as well as a one-year subscription to Chilled Magazine. VIP tickets will grant each person access to the event an hour early to sample whiskeys in the Grand Tasting Room and talk with distillery representatives; each VIP guest will also receive a Houston Whiskey Festival commemorative glass, a gift bag, and the chance to vote in the people's choice awards for categories including Best Artisan Distillery and the Best Mixology 2014 Award.
Paddy's Pub "It's Always Sunny" Themed St. Patrick's Day Party One Day Early @ The League of Extraordinary Brewers Sunday, 4 p.m. - 12 a.m. 907 Franklin, Ste. 150
Leave it to the folks at The League of Extraordinary Brewers to throw a fun, themed St. Patrick's Day party. On Sunday, the brewery invites you to dress as your favorite character from the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. It's bound to be a very interesting and, as they describe it, a "dysfunctional" day. If you're Irish (or can pull off one hell of an accent), then you'll receive $1 off all drafts. Enjoy other green craft beers, Irish Stout ice cream, Irish Car Bomb cupcakes and Irish stew throughout the afternoon and late into the evening. Of course, the brewery will be showing a marathon of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episodes throughout the night. Oh, and unless you want to shotgun a beer, you'd better wear green. Don't say we didn't warn you.