Upcoming Events: A Five-Year Feast at Feast

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It won't be much longer before Lower Westheimer restaurant Feast closes for good. But first, it's celebrating its five-year anniversary to really drive the point home that goddammit we're going to miss the place.

Its upcoming 5th Birthday Celebration dinner will take place on Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m. and includes seven courses of customer favorites along with wine pairings for each. Those courses range from scallops St. Jacques and beef heart tartare to black pudding and crispy pork belly. And naturally, the dinner will end with a bowl of sticky toffee pudding. The cost is a very reasonable $89.95 (exclusive of tax and tip) for all seven courses plus wine. Reservations must be made at 713-529-7788.

The 3rd annual Kemah Crawfish Festival is coming up this weekend, but if you can't make it, don't fret. The festivities take place on two weekends, for double your crawfish pleasure. Both weekends, the all-you-can-eat crawfish will sell for only $2.99 a pound.

In addition, the festival boasts a brand-new state-of-the-art "World's Largest Crawfish Cooking Bus," which is capable of cooking 6,000 pounds of crawfish an hour. This means no long lines like other festivals of the past and more time to suck those heads. There will also be funnel cakes, gumbo, corn and potatoes, Nathan's Hot Dogs and other carnival food available for purchase.

Admission to the Kemah Crawfish Festival is only $8. The festival takes place on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 14 from noon to 6 p.m. and again on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21 from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from noon to 6 p.m. Children under 12 get in for free, as do men and women in military uniform.

The following weekend, barbecue fans won't want to miss the one-day-only barbecue extravaganza that celebrity pitmaster Neil "Bigmista" Strawder is bringing to Galveston on Saturday, April 27. In addition to his own legendary brisket and smoked chicken, Strawder has rounded up a team of champion pitmasters to feed the hungry masses at the 3rd annual BBQ Fundraiser for St. Augustine of Hippo, the oldest African-American Episcopal church in Texas.

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