Austin's Best Food and Drink Events This Week

Dinner parties, farmer's markets, beer, wine, and more for the week of October 18, 2018

Thursday 18

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Friday 19

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Saturday 20

AUSTIN MARGARITA FESTIVAL Check it out: Live music, Downtown location, and a potent panoply of margaritasthat's frozen or on-the-rocks, as you like – available in more than two dozen flavors throughout what a diehard Jimmy Buffett fan might call a chillaxing event. Never mind that lost shaker of salt, amigo, just be prepared to sip the night away in sweet liquid style. Sat., Oct. 20, noon-8pm Austin American-Statesman Parking Lot, 305 S. Congress. $23-175. www.austinmargaritafestival.com

GUY FIERICON AUSTIN FieriCon is, quote, "a collection of Guy Fieri (and Girl Fieri) enthusiasts who embrace all things Flavortown and, yes, if you so dare, to even dress up as the Mayor of said town himself!" Oooooookay. Note: This will be the third FieriCon in the USA. Some fellow named Dave Gold started the thing – a sort of garrulous bar crawl on steroids – in NYC, then took it to Milwaukee, and now, well, we reckon that now all of Austin can help make sure St. Anthony's ghost is spinning in his fucking grave, n'est-ce pas? Sat., Oct. 20, (2018) 512/905-1077. Free. www.fiericon.com

NORTH BY NORTHWEST: OKTOBERFEST You know what'd be good right about now, fellow workaday toiler? A weekend full of beer, brats, and bands. That's craft beer and bratwursts and live bands, of course. And, lucky us, it's all happening at this festival of Germanically inflected cuisine and frivolity, during which there's also a stein hoisting contest, a brat eating contest, and – pardon us while we squeeeee – a canine costume contest! With a separate wiener-dog category! October, you're getting better every minute. Oct. 20-21. Sat., noon-9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery. $2 and up. www.nxnwbrew.com

SWEET EATS FRUIT FARM FALL FESTIVAL Located east of Georgetown on the banks of the San Gabriel river shaded by pecan trees, Sweet Eats Farm is a peach orchard that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. This fall, Sweet Eats will be hosting a fall festival featuring classics like hay rides, face painting, and a pumpkin patch. Through Nov. 4. Sat.-Sun., 9am-6pm Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. State Highway 29, Georgetown, 512/766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Sunday 21

ASAHI IMPORTS: ONIGIRI SOCIAL Holy little balls of perfectly cooked rice, Batman! This third-annual celebration at Asahi Imports features free samples and giveaways, a chance to meet the onigiri chefs, an origami crafting table for the kiddos, and live music by the Asahi Five – the store's own "happy-time jazz band." Yes, this Sunday it's time to rice and shine, citizen, riiiiiiiiiiiice and shine! Sun., Oct. 21, 6-8pm. (2018) Asahi Imports, 6105 Burnet Rd., 512/453-1850. Free. www.asahi-imports.com

AUSTIN FERMENTATION FESTIVAL This is a free educational event celebrating all things fermented in Central Texas. Featuring 13 workshops focused on fermented foods and beverages; local chefs and vendors with wine, beer, cider, and other drinks; and – this is Austin, after all – some live music, too. Right there in the big library Downtown and (the music, we reckon) on its nearby lawn. Sun., Oct. 21, 11am-4pm. (2018) Central Library, 710 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/974-7400. Free. library.austintexas.gov/central-library

LIBATION BIBLE SCHOOL This here's an occasional Sunday afternoon educational drinking experience, an informative series hosted by cocktail maven (and Drink.Well owner) Jessica Sanders and a captivating roster of guest speakers. Not drunk history, but drink history: Learn about the tipple before you topple! With classes on American whiskey (Sept. 16), and agave-based spirits (Oct. 21). Note: Every class includes two cocktails and a guided spirits flight. Drink.Well, 207 E. 53rd, 512/614-6683. $25 per class. www.drinkwellaustin.com

NORTH BY NORTHWEST: OKTOBERFEST You know what'd be good right about now, fellow workaday toiler? A weekend full of beer, brats, and bands. That's craft beer and bratwursts and live bands, of course. And, lucky us, it's all happening at this festival of Germanically inflected cuisine and frivolity, during which there's also a stein hoisting contest, a brat eating contest, and – pardon us while we squeeeee – a canine costume contest! With a separate wiener-dog category! October, you're getting better every minute. Oct. 20-21. Sat., noon-9pm; Sun., 11am-7pm North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery. $2 and up. www.nxnwbrew.com

SWEET EATS FRUIT FARM FALL FESTIVAL Located east of Georgetown on the banks of the San Gabriel river shaded by pecan trees, Sweet Eats Farm is a peach orchard that offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. This fall, Sweet Eats will be hosting a fall festival featuring classics like hay rides, face painting, and a pumpkin patch. Through Nov. 4. Sat.-Sun., 9am-6pm Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, 14400 E. State Highway 29, Georgetown, 512/766-3276. www.sweeteats.com

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Monday 22

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Tuesday 23

EASY TIGER: SHACKSBURY HARVEST PARTY Only thing better than a big ol' Easy Tiger pretzel is a big ol' Easy Tiger pretzel washed down with some excellent cider, right? Answer: No. Because, see, this week the Tiger has flown in a batch of wild apples from Vermont and will be dishing up fresh Tarte Normande (apple tart with cream filling) to accompany a four-cider flight of craft brews from Shacksbury. OMG, catch you next time, pretzels – this E.T. Tuesday is all about the tarts. Tue., Oct. 23, 5pm-12mid Easy Tiger Downtown, 709 E. Sixth, 512/614-4972. www.easytigerusa.com

THE BOOZERY: A HAUNTED BAR TAKEOVER If this is October, then that East Austin bar called Craftsman is transforming itself into a haunted pop-up boozery, offering spookily themed cocktails, scares, and surprises. Well, whattaya know, mortal: It's October! Pro tip: Try the "Billy Butcherson" cocktail with its Grand Marnier foam. Through Oct. 31 Craftsman. www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar

Ongoing

BARTON CREEK FARMERS MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Barton Creek Square, 2901 Capital of TX Hwy. S., 512/327-7040. www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org

HOPE FARMERS MARKET Sundays, 11am-3pm Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal, 512/727-8363. www.hopefarmersmarket.org

LONE STAR FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays, 10am-2pm 12700 Hill Country Blvd., Bee Cave. www.lonestarfarmersmarket.com

SFC SUNSET VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET Saturdays, 9am-1pm Toney Burger Activity Center, 3200 Jones, 512/414-2096. www.sfcfarmersmarket.org

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT LAKELINE Saturdays, 9am-1pm Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/363-5700. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/lakeline

TEXAS FARMERS’ MARKET AT MUELLER Sundays, 10am-2pm Mueller Lake Park & Browning Hangar, 4209 Airport. www.texasfarmersmarket.org/mueller

BOGGY CREEK FARM STAND Wed.-Sat., 8am-1pm Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons, 512/926-4650. www.boggycreekfarm.com

SPRINGDALE FARM STAND Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale, 512/386-8899. www.springdalefarmaustin.com

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