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You can even pose outside a mockup of Air Force One with a Secret Service dummy at the TAFR cookoff.
Last year, the Texas Association of First Responders (TAFR) Wild Game Cookoff at Sam Houston Race Park was by far the best barbecue cookoff I attended all year. With teams from the FBI (team name: Silence of the Hams), the Secret Service (team name: Smoke and Mirrors), the U.S. Customs Bureau (team name: Smugglers' Blues) alongside law enforcement agencies from around the state, how could it not be? You know you want to see what kind of fancy barbecue rig the CIA brings in. The 4th annual TAFR cookoff kicks off tonight at 5 p.m. and continues through tomorrow, May 14. Tickets are $5 at the gate and parking is $5.

Also this weekend, of course, is the Haute Wheels food truck festival. Did you already buy your VIP tickets? If so, we'll see you in the tent. If not, $16 general admission tickets are still available for the two-day event.

And if food trucks aren't your thing, head out west to the 2011 Houston Greek Festival at St. Basil the Great Orthodox Church on Eldridge. Admission is free each day this weekend -- Friday, Saturday and Sunday -- until 2 p.m. After that time, it's only $3 a ticket. The big draw, of course, is the World Gyro Eating Championship that will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Big-name competitive eaters like Joey Chestnut, Pat Bertoletti and Erik "The Red" Denmark will compete for $4,000 in prizes. And you'll be surprised at just how many gyros they can put away.

Coming up on June 11 is the inaugural Houston Beer Fest, which will fill Hermann Square Park with bands and beers from breweries from Ommegang to no label. And yes -- there will be beer pong and flip cup competitions. Get your tickets now for $20 (or $10 if you promise to be the designated driver!).

The Alamo Drafthouse series at downtown's Market Square Park continues on June 18, when they'll be screening Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade for free that evening at 8 p.m. while you munch on goodies from Niko Niko's (which will have later hours that evening). You can also, of course, bring over pizza from ERA or sushi from Convey, or food from any of the other wonderful restaurants that ring Market Square.



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Megan
Megan

Does the CIA even allow the spooks out of the office?  Can they even be at a wild game cookoff?  Would the government even acknowledge they were there?  Wouldn't that blow their entire aura of mystery and intrigue?

And for asking these questions, I will now be wiretapped and followed.  :D

SirRon
SirRon

I'd like someone to explain to me the economics of paying $16 for option to purchase menu items the attending food trucks at the Haute Wheels fest. Next weekend I can find all the same stuff without the cover charge.

Greg Burland
Greg Burland

 So if Haute Wheels is taking up the parking lot of Incredible University, where are the patrons supposed to park?

Doc Ricky
Doc Ricky

How cruel is it, to go to a beer festival, be a designated driver (meaning that you not only do you not get to partake of the main point of the trip, but also carry the responsibility for the crew), and STILL have to pay $10. We really need to learn to incentivize the role of the Designated Driver. Right now, it's all the responsibility and very little perk. 

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

From what I understand, the majority of that ticket price goes to paying the bands who are appearing. You also get five drink samples (or a whole beer, your call) and $1 from each ticket goes to an HCC scholarship fund: http://southwest.hccs.edu/sout...

Katharine Shilcutt
Katharine Shilcutt

Patrons of...the school? I don't think HCC has any Saturday or Sunday classes, but I could be very wrong. If so, Haute Wheels isn't taking up the entire parking lot from what I can tell.

SirRon
SirRon

I draw the line at $14.74 for band cover charges. I'm indifferent on the scholarship fund. Feeding/clothing the less fortunate, sending someone to school, etc. seem like the feel good community thing that festivals should do to give back.

My plan is to wait until next week when Kevin Shalin tells me which truck(s) have the best food and then meet up with said truck(s) outside of the festival gates and cover charges. I'll then eat the food while listening to my iPod... for effect of course. That's how I use EOW :)

Texmex01
Texmex01

Maybe instead of charging a cover, make the cover charge a box of food/clothing to de distributed to the needy.... 

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