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Upcoming Houston Food Events: Get Your Tickets to King's Oktoberfest

King's Oktoberfest will take place at both King's Biergarten and King's BierHaus over separate weekends.
King's Oktoberfest will take place at both King's Biergarten and King's BierHaus over separate weekends. Photo courtesy of King’s Biergarten
Mark your calendars, because you don’t want to miss these deliciously fun culinary happenings:

Tickets are now on sale for King's Oktoberfest, which kicks off Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7 at King’s Biergarten, 1329 East Broadway, and Friday, October 19 through Sunday, October 21 at King’s BierHaus, 2044 East T C Jester. Tickets for both events go on sale next week. General admission tickets are $10 for a single day pass and $20 for a weekend pass. For the extreme “Oktoberfester” double weekend pass is available for $30. Party goers can expect special events like the Bavarian Strongman Competition, arm wrestling, Oktoberfest photobooths, a beer pong competition, bands, shopping with local vendors and craftsmen (Heights only), 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. 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.

The Dunlavy, 3422 Allen, will host its next Chefs + Brewers Dinner on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will feature a meal paired with craft beers from Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company for $75 per person. Book online or call 713-360-6477. 

Guests are invited Bourbon Benefit Dinner at Truluck’s Woodlands, 1900 Hughes Landing, on Friday, September 14. A collaboration between Truluck’s and Garrison Brothers Distillery, the event raises funds to help preserve Balmorhea State Park and its iconic spring-fed pool, offering an exclusive four-course dinner and award-winning small-batch bourbon pairing. The evening begins with a “Meet the Maker” cocktail hour at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $200 per person. 

Artisans Restaurant, 3201 Louisiana, will host a Perrier-Jouet & G.H. Mumm Champagne Dinner on Friday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Elise Cordell will be the guest speaker, and guests can enjoy five courses — from butter-poached lobster and seared diver scallop to truffle-stuffed chicken in garlic cream — for $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 713-529-9111 or book online. 

This duck banh mi by Trung Nguyen of Ka Sushi won Judge's Choice in 2016.
Photo by Mai Pham
The Great Banh Mi Cook-Off 2018 will be held at Chapman & Kirby, 2118 Lamar Street, on Tuesday, September 18 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Local chefs from spots like Local Pho, BCK Kitchen and Poitín will be bringing their best banh mi to the table, competing for both People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice awards. Tickets are $30 and include food and bite-sized dessert. 

On Thursday, September 20, Houston Culinary masters will join together to prepare a four-course dinner for the annual “Come to the Table” Fundraiser at The Beacon, 1212 Prairie. Beginning with a garden party at 6 p.m. and followed by dinner at 7 p.m., the event helps The Beacon’s efforts in providing essential and next-step services to restore hope and help end homelessness in Houston. This year’s lineup of featured chefs includes Kathy Elkins of Harold’s in the Heights, Jean-Philippe Gaston from Izakaya, Anita Jaisinghani from Pondicheri, Ryan Lachaine from Riel, Joe Cervantes from Brennan’s of Houston, Maurizio Ferrarese of Sud Italia Ristorante, and more. Tickets start at $500. 
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Brooke Viggiano is a contributing writer who is always looking to share Houston's coolest and tastiest happenings with the Houston Press readers.
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