Friday, October 5, 2012

The American Royal and other weekend possibilities

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Plowboys BBQ chicken, if you needed more incentive.
  • Plowboys BBQ chicken, if you needed more incentive.
If you haven’t made it to the American Royal yet, that’s something you should remedy this week. The 33rd annual barbecue contest is today (from noon to midnight) and Saturday (from 10 a.m. to midnight). Walk by competition teams and cooking demonstrations until you can stand it no longer. Then gorge yourself on barbecue that is for sale and on barbecue sauce and rubs from the expo tent. Advance tickets cost $5 for children aged 6 to 12 and $11 for adults.

Now that you and fall are acquainted, go out to Parktoberfest. The annual benefit for Parkville’s parks system takes place Saturday at English Landing Park from noon to 9 p.m. Find a beer garden, as well as wine and food from Parkville restaurants. Admission is free; a $10 donation is suggested.

The small-plates trend really started at “Taste of” events, those festivals that let you discover the best tiny dishes that a given city, neighborhood or restaurant row has to offer. Find out why it’s so satisfying to eat small bites at Taste of Zona Rosa, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Northland Symphony Orchestra. Tickets cost $45 per person or $85 per couple.

Are you thinking about taking your relationship with apples to the next level? Then you might want to check out the 24th annual Weston Applefest (Main Street, in downtown Weston) Saturday and Sunday. Learn how to press cider and make apple butter while enjoying plenty of apple-based dishes (apple dumplings and pies should be high on your list). The event goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday (a parade kicks things off) and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Channel your inner Viking and discover the food and culture of Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland and Denmark at the 11th annual Nordic Heritage Festival from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. The event, at the Douglas County Fairgrounds (21st and Harper, in Lawrence) features Viking re-enactors, Scandinavian food and classes on such forgotten arts as needle felting.

What have you got on tap for the weekend?

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