The 5 Best Things to Eat or Drink This Weekend: Festivals Galore, Gumbo Day & More
Texas Renaissance Festival - Opening Day
Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission
The Texas Renaissance Festival begins on Saturday, and what better way to begin than with an Oktoberfest-themed weekend? Aside from all of the traditional jousting, dancing and theater performances, the opening weekend includes a Bratwurst Eating Contest in which contestants will fight to eat their bratwursts the fastest in hopes of winning a season pass to the 2014 Texas Renaissance Festival. But, if you don't want to watch a bunch of hungry men (or women, who knows?) stuff their faces with greasy bratwursts, then head over to any of the concession stands and eating areas for just about anything on a stick.
Photo courtesy of Lisa Gochman The duck gumbo at Liberty Kitchen is topped with a sweet potato salad and fried clams.
National Gumbo Day @ BRC Gastropub and Liberty Kitchen & Oyster Bar
519 Shepherd and 1050 Studewood
Both BRC Gastropub and Liberty Kitchen will add gumbo to their menus in honor of National Gumbo Day this Saturday. While it would be nice for the temperatures to fall a wee bit more so we can enjoy a nice warm bowl of gumbo, that doesn't mean we won't be celebrating this food holiday. BRC will add a duck and mushroom gumbo dish ($16) to its menu on Saturday; the bowl of gumbo includes roasted duck, andouille sausage, mushrooms, the holy trinity (celery, onion, red and green bell peppers) and Southern Star Bombshell Blonde beer. BRC will top it with a baked potato salad. Liberty Kitchen will also add a duck gumbo to its menu ($16). Their gumbo includes smoked duck, Italian sausage, the holy trinity and roasted jalapeno for a kick; it will be topped with a sweet potato salad and the restaurant's famous fried clams.
DOGtoberfest @ Capitol Bar Midtown
Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
2415 Main St.
What makes a beer festival even better? Dogs, of course! And what makes a beer festival with dogs even better? Raising money for an animal welfare charity! The Houston FUNdRAISER$ invites anyone and everyone to attend its first annual DOGtoberfest to benefit RED Collar Rescue. For just $12 in advance, or $15 at the door, you'll receive a pint of beer (awesome) and $4 specials on Buffalo Bayou and St. Arnold beers (more awesome). Enjoy some German food throughout the day and participate in a costume contest with your dog. Ever seen a dog and owner in lederhosen? You just might this weekend. All of the proceeds from ticket and beverage sales will go directly to RED Collar Rescue.
Bayou Fest @ Haven
Sunday, 6-9 p.m.
2502 Algerian Way
Give back to Urban Harvest during the Bayou Fest, which will be hosted by Chef Randy Evans of Haven, on Sunday. Evans has prepared a family-style feast complete with boiled shrimp, fried catfish, sauteed greens, shelling peas, cornbread, local beer and rum punch. All of the food comes from local fields, farms and bays. Zydeco Dots will provide the tunes for the evening while you feast on some incredible seafood prepared by Chef Evans. Reserve your spot at this annual fall fundraiser for $125.
5601 W. Loop S., Houston, TX