Kiener Plaza (Seventh and Market streets; www.tasteofdowntownstl.com
) is back in commission, and the summer festivals planned for the site are stacking up. The Taste of Downtown STL
takes over the newly-refurbished plaza today from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. This celebration of downtown restaurants and retailers features live music, local artists and food and beverages from a double handful of eateries. On the menu are Drunken Fish, Bootleggin' BBQ, Porano Pasta, the James Beard award-winning Gioia's Deli and many more. Admission is free, but you'll need money to buy food and drink tickets. Your best bet is the Schlafly VIP pass ($60), which gets you four Schlafly beer tickets, eight food tickets and several other treats that, a la carte, would add up to $100.