Mostly sunny skies and a high of 62 degrees means that you should be out and about this weekend. Head over to Discovery Green for the Flavors Festival 2009, benefiting the Houston Food Bank. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. The festival will feature five of Houston's top chefs demonstrating their recipes as well as flavor zones like Beverage World, Sweet Fiesta, Quick & Easy Meals and Ethnic Restaurants. Stick around until 5 p.m. and you'll be able to bear witness to some of the finest gluttony in Houston as a series of eating contests are held. Who can hork down jalapenos, tomatos, watermelon and ice cream the fastest? Find out for yourself on Saturday.
If you get up early enough on Saturday morning, head over to 3000 Richmond and Urban Harvest's Bayou City Farmers Market. They'll be having their annual Thanksgiving FEASTival starting at 8 a.m. and running until noon. Local chefs Hugo Ortega from Backstreet Cafe and Ryan Pera from The Grove will be demonstrating how to create quick and easy side dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner. The best part? You can buy the ingredients right there at the market when they're done.
If events like the Art Crawl, the Winter Holiday Art Market and Via Colori don't take it out of you this weekend, you can unwind on Sunday evening at Rainbow Lodge for its Fall Grand Food & Wine Event. Starting at 4:30 p.m. and running through 7:30 p.m., the restaurant will have a casual seven-course meal paired with Robert Mondavi wines for only $55 a person. The menu includes dishes like risotto with confit of Bryan Farms chicken with goat cheese and herbs and braised wild boar ragout with creamy polenta and ricotta. Live music by Moodafaruka will help you relax as you take in the view and the food.