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Eat and Drink Your Way Through the Weekend at These St. Louis Events

Wednesday October 11, 2023

By Rachel Huffman

This weekend, we’re eating and drinking our way through the city. Won’t you join us?

From Oktoberfest celebrations to taco specials and wicked wine tastings to riverside supper clubs, St. Louis has an abundance of events to satisfy your cravings.

Until October 15

St. Louis is a culinary hot spot, with local chef’s and restaurateur’s creativity shining in a variety of dishes, including tacos! During St. Louis Taco Week, you can try their unique takes on tacos for just $5. This year’s lineup includes BLT’s – Breakfast, Lunch and Tacos, Condado Tacos, El Burro Loco, Hotel Saint Louis, Mission Taco Joint, Press and Tropical Liqueurs, among other eateries.

Until October 29

Ecktoberfest features fun, family-friendly events on Eckert’s farm in Belleville, Illinois. Take a scenic wagon ride, enjoy live entertainment and treat your taste buds to kettle corn, caramel apples and cider donuts. At the children’s carnival, your little ones can ride a pony, feed a goat and get a thrill from the rides.

October 12

Eckert’s will host an exclusive, multi-course, farm-to-table dinner in partnership with guest chef Loryn Nalic of Balkan Treat Box at its Belleville, Illinois, farm. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Eckert’s pick-your-own apple season, all four courses of the special dinner will feature the farm’s homegrown apples and/or apple cider. Carefully crafted by Nalic, every apple-infused dish will be paired with one of Eckert’s signature hard ciders. Guests will also receive a welcome drink, a tractor ride around the farm and a pick-your-own apple experience. Eckert’s will donate a portion of proceeds from the farm-to-table dinner to Operation Food Search to help ensure that all St. Louis residents have access to the food that they need to live healthy lives.

October 13

The Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House will celebrate the spirit of Halloween with its Wicked Wings and Wine happy hour. As twilight approaches, sample local beers and wines while you learn about owl butterflies, which watch over the night with huge eyespots on their wings. Take a stroll through the torch-lit garden to a soundtrack of hair-raising songs, but be prepared – you might encounter other unearthly creatures on your path. If you dare, you can also snack on dishes from the Bug Chef.

October 13 and 14

Home to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and Biergarten, Soulard is the perfect location for Oktoberfest. The free, family-friendly event honors St. Louis’ German brewing traditions with multiple beer stands serving the best suds around town. Attendees can also enjoy traditional German food, a wine garden and live music.

October 14

Join Big Muddy Adventures for its Rivertime Supper Club, which includes a paddle on the Missouri River and a gourmet dinner around the campfire. On the five-hour trip, experienced guides will lead the way as you paddle in 29-foot voyageur canoes to a beautiful and remote spot along the river, where you’ll have time to explore, search for arrowheads, spot wildlife, take a swim and enjoy snacks and refreshments. After the break, you’ll hop in the boats and paddle back to the starting point to enjoy a gourmet dinner prepared by Big Muddy Adventures’ talented chef. Enjoy the “magic hour” on the river along with an unforgettable meal and be home in time to put the kids to bed or hit the bars with friend! Remember, no paddling experience or special equipment is required – Big Muddy Adventures has got you covered. The outfitter will provide you with everything you need for the adventure and help you board one of its extraordinary canoes.

October 14

Local, regional and national craft breweries, distilleries and wineries will come together for the 11th annual Brew in the Lou. Hosted by Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA), the festival in Francis Park also boasts food tastings, live music and local vendors. Admission includes unlimited beer, wine, spirits and food (while supplies last), along with a commemorative tasting glass, and proceeds benefit LESA’s 35 member schools, which serve approximately 9,500 students and 500 educators.

October 14 and 15

Attend the first-ever St. Louis Street Food Festival at Ballpark Village on Oct. 14 and 15. The scrumptious weekend event will feature the area’s top food trucks and restaurants. The best part? All food items will be $5 or less – plus, your first drink is free! Sample a wide range of flavors as you enjoy eating competitions, cooking demonstrations, axe throwing, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and more.