Here’s a look at this weekend's best culinary happenings:
The Original Greek Festival at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
Celebrating 52 years, The Original Greek Festival will take place at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral all weekend long. Expect cultural music and dancing, Greek wines, shopping opportunity, and plenty of authentic Greek eats, including favorites like souvlaki, gyros, dolmades, pastitsio, spanakopita, loukoumades and baklava. Admission is $5 at the gate (free before 3 p.m. on Friday).
King’s Oktoberfest at King’s Biergarten
Friday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Saturday, noon to midnight; Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.
1329 East Broadway
King's Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend at King’s Biergarten, followed by a second celebration on Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21 at King’s BierHaus, 2044 East T C Jester. Party goers can partake in special events like the Bavarian Strongman Competition, arm wrestling, Oktoberfest photobooths, a beer pong competition, and adult carnival games from Bavarian bull riding and jousting to a celebrity dunking booth. Of course, there will also be a variety of wursts, smoked ribs, eight-hour roasted turkey legs, German chocolate cake and biers. General admission tickets are $10 for single day pass, $20 for a weekend pass, and $30 for the “Oktoberfester” double weekend pass. A portion of proceeds from this year’s Oktoberfest festivities will benefit The Sitter Foundation, which was launched shortly after Hurricane Harvey and supports families who have experienced sudden tragedies.
Booze Bazaar at The Cottonmouth Club
Saturday, 2 to 6 p.m.
Downtown’s The Cottonmouth Club will host its monthly Booze Bazaar, a tasting extravaganza featuring world-renowned spirits professionals, an array of fine spirits from around the world, rockstar mixologists and community gathering in the name of delectable libations. Booths will feature some of the finest spirits from around the globe, poured by experts who will explain their character and history, as well as roving spirits professionals to tell the tales of the drams. Ticket prices are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.
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Oktoberfest at Saint Arnold Brewery
Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
Saint Arnold Brewery will host its annual Oktoberfest on two days, right in the German-style Saint Arnold Beer Hall. Dress up for the chance to be crowned King or Queen of Oktoberfest, dance to live polka, feast on a special German dinner, and take advantage of the full lineup of beers on tap (which you’ll be able to enjoy from the commemorative Oktoberfest glass boot). Tickets are $50 each day, including admission, beer, dinner and the Oktoberfest boot. Space is limited.
Depressed Cake Shop at Silver Street Studios
Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
Chef Jody Stevens of jodycakes and women’s health advocates I'll Have What She's Having will be hosting the sixth annual Depressed Cake Shop Houston. The free-to-attend event showcases somber gray confections donated by home bakers as well as local celebrity pastry chefs, all in the name of raising awareness of common medical illnesses: depression and anxiety. The Depressed Cake Shop is the first event in a weeklong initiative called #Wellweek, where local eateries, bars and coffee shops will feature mocktails and 'Depressed Desserts' to promote discussion about mental health issues and chip away at the stigma associated with such illnesses.