The temperatures are cooling off, but that doesnt mean the grills have to go cold! Keep the barbecue dreams alive (even if youre tired of manning the ´cue) with a full day of sizzling wishes and outdoor-dining dreams. The Downtown Dutchtown Blues & BunFest, happening at Meramec Street and Virginia Avenue from 1 to 7 p.m. (www.dt2stl.org
), shows you how its done with its Best Between the Buns hamburger contest. Various restaurants compete, and you can try out the entries after buying taste tickets (five for $10). And out in Ballwin, Vlasis Park (Holloway Road and Vlasis Park Drive; 636-227-8950 or www.smokeandfiregallery.com
) is where youll find more than 70 groups participating in the second day of the Smoke N Fire Barbecue Bash competition from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; samples of all manner of grilled-up goods will be available for purchase. Finally, Mount Pleasant Winery (5634 High Street, Augusta) heats things up with its Chefs Wine Country Barbecue
from 1 to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $45, and more than 30 local culinary masters work their magic; call 800-467-9463 or visit www.mountpleasant.com
for more information.
Sun., Sept. 30, 2007