The Ten Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: September 27 to 29

Taste of St. Louis is downtown this weekend.
Taste of St. Louis is downtown this weekend.

The big foodie extravaganza this weekend is the annual Taste of St. Louis, which will have over forty restaurants to choose from. But for those who can't make it downtown, there are plenty other things to do as well, from the silly (zucchini car races at the Clayton Farmers' Market) to the much-anticipated (Side Project at Perennial Artisan Ales). Read on for all our food-related event recommendations.

See also: Taste of St. Louis: What to Do and Eat

Friday (Sept. 27):

Taste of St. Louis @ Soldiers Memorial Plaza

St. Louis' huge, annual food event, Taste of St. Louis (Soldiers Memorial Plaza, 14th & Chestnut Streets), is upon us. You'll definitely want to go to restaurant row, where 45 St. Louis restaurants will be available for your gastronomic pleasure. Eat at favorites like Frida's Deli, Pappy's Smokehouse, Naked Bacon, Joanie's Pizzaria, The Cup and Vito's. Most menu items range from $2 to $7, and every single restaurant will offer a small portion of one of their menu items for $2, so you can try a lot more places without filling up too quickly. There's also the Stella Artois Chef Battle Royale, which pits chefs against each other until there is only one left standing. For the full roster of events, music, and information on prices and parking, visit Admission is free. Friday, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Morton's Mixer Celebrity Bartenders @ Morton's The Steakhouse

KSDK's Julie Tristan, co-host of Show Me St. Louis will face off against 102.5 FM's Vic Porcelli, co-host of Vic & Trish in the Morning at Morton's The Steakhouse (7822 Bonhomme, Clayton; 314-725-4008) to benefit Operation Food Search. Using Purus Organic Wheat Vodka, Tristan will be making Tristan's Show Me-tini and Porcelli will mix Porcelli's re-Fresh-er. Enjoy appetizers, door prizes and raffles on the patio. Email [email protected] for tickets or call 314-726-5355 ext. 19. $25, Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Distilled History Drinkup & Tweetup @ Campbell House Museum

Love the show Drunk History? OK, it's not exactly the same thing, but local blog Distilled History combines history and drinking in a similarly charming way. It's hosting an event to celebrate St. Louis History and Smithsonian Museum Day at the historic Campbell House Museum (1508 Locust Street; 314-421-0325) -- that's only a block away from Taste of St. Louis. Take a look at St. Louis and Campbell House history from the perspective of wine, beer and spirits production of the time while drinking Schlafly beer, wine, Virginia Campbell's Roman Punch and even bathtub gin made by the man behind Distilled History. Eats will be provided by Maya's Cafe. Plus, the winner of a raffle gets to take a swig out of a cup owned by Ulysses S. Grant! Admission is free. Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Click through for Saturday and Sunday's events.

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