Chicago Michelada Festival
Micheladas—the beer, chili pepper, lime and tomato juice combo—is the star, and strong supporting roles will be played by the food and music.
Old Irving Park Beer and BBQ Challenge
(St. Viator School Campus)
What pairs best with barbecue? Need a clue or two? Not wine and not whiskey. What pairs best with ‘cue is brew, and this cool festival offers pairings of both barbecue pork and beer. Eat, drink, learn.
If you are a fan of the stinking rose, you’ll enjoy the many ways the vampire’s worst enemy can punch up a meal. It will be a deliciously smelly experience, and the best of its kind east of Gilroy.
Fourteenth Annual Oak Park Microbrew Review
(Marion Street, Oak Park)
Over eighty-five inventive blends from people who make beer worth drinking, with small batches from small craft distillers that put excitement back in beer. Small plates and music complete the experience. Hint: don’t drive; take the Green Line to Harlem and walk.
Uncorked Wine Festival
(Museum of Science and Industry)
Over 200 wines and a lot of awesome food can be tasted while you check out the Tesla coil, flight simulator and other scientifically industrial exhibits. Cocktail attire is suggested but not required.
Dining and Drinking Editor for Newcity, David also writes a weekly food column for Wednesday Journal in Oak Park and is a frequent contributor of food/drink and travel pieces to the Chicago Tribune, Plate Magazine and other publications. David has also contributed chapters to several books, including Street Food Around the World, Street Food, and The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org