TEXAS TIKI WEEK Purveyors of fine craft cocktails all over town will strut their stuff during this weeklong party. See www.texastikiweek.com for details. Sun. June 23 & 30
TRAILER FOOD TUESDAYS Last Tuesdays through October The Long Center, 701 W. Riverside, 512/457-5664. www.thelongcenter.org/event/trailer-food-tuesdays
ON THE PORCH MEETING WITH ANDY BROWN Travis County Judge candidate Andy Brown and former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower will host an on-the-porch forum for area farmers and supporters of the farm-to-table, sustainable agriculture community at Brown's East Austin home. There will be tea, lemonade, and light refreshments. Local chefs Sonya Coté and Jesse Griffiths will join Tecolote Farm owners David and Katie Pitre in talking to Brown about the local food scene and how he could serve our growing agriculture community. Fri., June 28, 1:30-3:30pm. (2013) 1403 E. Second.
SWOOP HOUSE POP-UP DINNER SERIES The Pop-Up dinner series offers multi-course, chef-driven menus where guests can bring their own beer, wine, or spirits to match the meal. Chef Jay Huang will present Japanese Kaiseki on Friday, June 28, for $75. Chef Eric Nelson Brown will present a Mexican meal on Saturday, June 29, for $55. Reserve by phone. Fri., June 28 - Sat., June 29, 7pm, 7pm. (2013) Swoop House at 2Dine4 Catering, 3012 Gonzales, 512/467-6600. www.2dine4.com
FIRST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION AT CON'OLIO Owners Jeff and Tabatha Conarko invite customers to celebrate the store's first year Downtown with vinegar and olive oil tastings, giveaways, wine, and tasty bites from Lucky's Puccias, plus validated parking in the AMLI and City Hall garages. Sat., June 29, 2-5pm. (2013) 215 Lavaca. www.conolios.com
KID'S COOK AT THE FUNKYTONK FARMERS' MARKET It's kids day at the market with cooking demonstrations and classes, art booths, face painting, animal balloons, a bounce house, and live music. Sat., June 29, 9:30am-noon. (2013) North Austin Trailer Yard, 1012 W. Anderson.
POP-UP PIGNIC The Antonellis invite you to celebrate Ham Independence at this pop-up "pignic" featuring La Quercia American-made prosciutto. Follow them on social media at 9am Saturday morning to find out the location of the picnic and then hurry to the location to pick up one of the first-come, first-serve free picnic baskets; enjoy games and live music. Donations benefit Slow Food Austin. Sat., June 29, 10am-1pm. (2013) www.antonellischeese.com
SIXTH ANNUAL BUG FESTIVAL Allen Davison shares lore on the edibility, preparation, and cooking of bugs while passing around plates of freshly cooked bugs, followed by a potluck dinner with "normal" food. Bring your own bugs, beverages, and potluck dishes. Sat., June 29, 7pm. (2013) Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Rd., 512/974-6700. $5. www.austintexas.gov
SUNDAY FUNDAY BENEFIT FOR KOOP RADIO Gather on the patio for all you can eat catfish, hush puppies, mac 'n' cheese, and cole slaw to benefit our community partner KOOP Radio. Sun., June 30, 2-4pm. (2013) Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337. $20. www.blackstar.coop
OPAL'S DRINK PINK KICK-OFF Purchase pink Margaritas at your favorite Opal Divine's outlet this summer and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas. Wed., July 3, (2013) All Opal Divinie's locations.
AMAZING PIZZA RACE Why not celebrate America with a little bit of excess? This contest challenges contestants to eat three pizza pies with the fastest masticator leaving with a pair of ACL passes. Thu., July 4, 4-10pm. (2013) Umami Mia Pizzeria, 1500 Barton Springs Rd., 512/428-5175. Free. www.umamimiapizzeria.com
INDEPENDENCE DAY CHILI COOK-OFF Enjoy chili and salsa samples along with chili dogs, live music, and fine wine at this annual party to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Fredericksburg. For CASI chili competition rules, go online. Competitors register with Alan Dean at 512/567-2835. Thu., July 4, 10am-5pm. (2013) Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall, 800/946-9463. $20 chili/$10 salsa. Tickets for 10 samples, $5. www.chili.org