The Five Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Shrimp Fest, Mangiamaccheroni Pop-Up & More
Eat some of the best and freshest shrimp from the Gulf during the 4th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Start with a fried shrimp dinner in the park on Friday, followed by a gumbo stroll during the gumbo cook-off on Saturday, including both professional teams and amateur cooks. The stroll also includes other seafood offerings from Joe's Crab Shack, San Luis Resort and Gaido's. Purchase tickets online for each of the tasting and dinner events.
2013 Brenner's Fall Beer Fest @ Brenner's on the Bayou
Saturday, 3-6 p.m.
1 Birdsall Street
Beer and chef-crafted food makes for one heck of a Saturday evening. Head over to Brenner's on the Bayou for its annual beer festival. Sample a variety of craft beers from Saint Arnold, Southern Star Brewing, Karbach Brewing and Real Ale Brewing. You'll even learn how to make beer at home. Purchase tickets now for just $55, or $70 at the door. If the general admission isn't enough for you, opt for the $110 VIP tickets to sample some of Saint Arnold's reserve collection and special dishes.
Good Vibes Party Round 3 @ Cottonwood
Saturday-Sunday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
3422 N Shepherd Dr.
Bravado Spice hosts its third Good Vibes Party on Saturday, lasting into the wee hours of Sunday morning. Think about the parts of Houston that make you feel good and they will be at this event: food trucks, local vendors, beer vendors and local musicians. Bands such as Nick Guitan & The Umbrella Man, as well as the Free Radicals, will play throughout the night while you enjoy food from Happy Endings HTX, Pi Pizza and Muiishi Makarritos (just to name a few). Purchase products from vendors including Bravado Spice, Jolly Roger Gourmet Jams and Caphin Iced Coffee. Karbach, Saint Arnold, Real Ale and Buffalo Bayou breweries will be on hand to quench your thirst.
National Coffee Day @ Dunkin' Donuts
Sunday, All Day
Free coffee? Yes, please! On National Coffee Day, Dunkin' Donuts will offer each customer a free cup of coffee, hot or cold. The only catch is you have to get the Dunkin' Mobile App on your phone and show the offer to the cashier. If you'd rather purchase some coffee to take home, Dunkin' is also offering its 16-ounce packaged coffee for $5.99. This offer is available on Saturday and Sunday. Drip coffee not your thing? Dunkin' will also offer a 14-count box of K-Cups for $7.99. Both types of coffee are limited to two bags per person.
Photo by Mai Pham Felipe Riccio will offer the Mangiamaccheroni pop-up on Sunday at Paulie's.
Mangiamaccheroni Sicilia Pop-Up @ Camerata at Paulie's
Sunday, 6 p.m.
Mangia what? Don't worry about the pronounciation, all you need to know is that it means "Pasta Eaters." During this pop-up dinner at Paulie's, Felipe Riccio, along with his father; Bart Benton; Matt Wenaas; and Hayley Wallace, will create an Italian seafood menu with dishes including tuna rillette with preserved lemon and Panuzzo Sicilian bread; thyme bucatini with mussels and pickled friggitelli on a coppa and pomodori sugo; and cassata with almond cake, pistachio ricotta, orange and marzipan. Five dishes will be served and each will cost $12. Get there early so you can mangia mangia on some pasta before everything is sold out. All of the tips and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Houston Sommelier Association.