Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
King's Oktoberfest at King’s BierHaus
Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
2044 East T.C. Jester
The sixth annual King's Oktoberfest continues as King’s BierHaus makes its debut. Guests can expect a variety of biers, brats and wursts, Austrian-German bands, and fun events like the Bavarian Strongman competition, arm wresting, beer pong competition and adult carnival games including bull riding, local celebrity dunking booth, hammer strength and jousting. Tickets are $12 to $60.
Houston Press Tacolandia The Water Works at Buffalo Bayou Park
Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Now in its third year, this year’s outdoor taco sampling event boasts a stellar lineup of taco purveyors, including Hugo’s, Alamo Tamales, La Calle, Peska and Los Tios, to name a few. Tickets are $35 in advance ($45 day of) and include unlimited samples of authentic and modern, street-style tacos; VIP tickets are $75 in advance ($80 day of) and include unlimited samples, one hour early entry, access to a VIP lounge and restrooms and four drink tickets. All guests must be 21 and up with a valid I.D.
Houston Halloween Fest, Bar Crawl and "The Last Supper" in the Heights
Saturday, beginning at 5 p.m.
The Houston Zombie Walk’s 7th annual Houston Halloween Festival will be held on the 200 to 300 blocks of 19th from 5 to 10 p.m. Guests are invited to join celebrated chef Richard Knight for "The Last Supper," his last Breaking Bread pop-up and a pre-apocalyptic soiree for the soon to be undead held in the parking lot next to We Olive, 249 West 19th,at 6 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $100 per person and include entry to the festival (5 to 10 p.m.) and a Halloween themed five-course, family-style dinner with drink pairings. Tickets to the festival alone start are $10. Those that want to celebrate the festival elsewhere can ride the Houston Wave, as it offers complimentary rides between the Houston Halloween Fest and Heights area bars, including Eight Row Flint, Heights Bier Garten, Southern Goods, Johnny's Gold Brick and D&T Drive Inn, from 6 to 11 p.m. All of the bars will have drink specials going as well.
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Houston Dairymaids Beer & Cheese Pairing at Saint Arnold Brewing Co.
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Beer and cheese lovers can head to Saint Arnold Brewing for a Houston Dairymaids Beer & Cheese Pairing. Guests can expect Saint A’s handcrafted beers with several cheeses selected and brought by the Houston Dairymaids; one of which — the Willoughby washed with Raspberry AF — is a collaboration between the brewer, Houston Dairymaids and Jasper Hill Cellars. Reservations are $30 per person.
Southern Smoke at Underbelly (outside)
Sunday, 4 to 8 p.m.
This year, Chris Shepherd’s fundraiser Southern Smoke is set to be the biggest yet, with proceeds benefiting Hurricane Harvey relief. New to 2017 are a total of eight visiting chefs: David Chang, Matthew Rudofker, John Besh, Mike Lata, Ashley Christensen, Jason Stanhope, Rodney Scott and Aaron Franklin; with local chefs including Brandi Key, Hugo Ortega, Lyle Bento, Manabu Horiuchi, Richard Knight, Jonathan Jones, Patrick Feges, Justin Yu, Ryan Pera, Seth Siegel-Gardner, Terrence Gallivan and cooks from Underbelly and One Fifth. Guests can expect yard games and giveaways, a bar and Knob Creek VIP Lounge, and a huge auction, which will take up the entirety of Underbelly. Tickets are $200 for general admission and $350 for VIP.