Friday, September 10, 2010

Flying Saucer's Fall Beer Festival and four other ways to spend your weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 10, 2010 at 10:30 AM

click to enlarge Tap into your inner beer nerd on Saturday with the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.
  • Tap into your inner beer nerd on Saturday with the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium.

Fall is a perfect time to celebrate beer. That's why the Flying Saucer is hosting its Fall Beer Festival from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at 101 East 13th Street. The lineup of brews (24 in all, spread out over six tents) includes Tallgrass Kold, Freestate Ad Astra, Founder's Red Rye, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Schlafly Pumpkin, Boulevard Dark Truth, and Reissdorf Kolsch. Flying Saucer has also promised tappings of Avery 17, Founder's Black Biscuit, and Die du Ciel Peche Mortel.

If you need a palate cleanser, beer brats and Bavarian pretzels are on the menu. A crisp $20 bill gets you a

10-beer tasting glass (that you can take home).

Ah, the smell of barbecue is in the air. The 27th annual Blue Springs Barbecue Blaze-Off is today (5 to 11 p.m.) and tomorrow (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). In addition to samples from the contestants, you can enjoy an outdoor beer garden or help to judge a salsa contest on Saturday at 11 a.m. The event is held at the Hidden Valley Sports Complex (6500 NW Valley View Road) in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Fiesta Hispana 2010 is back for its 26th anniversary at the Barney Allis Plaza at 12th

Street and Wyandotte from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, and

from noon to 10 p.m. on Sunday. The festival commemorates

National Hispanic Heritage Month. Beer sales benefit the Guadalupe

Centers, Inc., and Fiesta Hispana. Admission is free.

It can all be Greek to you this weekend. The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church presents the 49th Annual Greek Food Festival

Friday through Sunday. Chow down on

souvlaki plates, gyro pates, dolmathes and spanakopita. The festival (120th and Wornall) is

open from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6

p.m. Sunday.

Sadly, you can't eat your way out of this maze. But that won't make it less fun. The Liberty Corn Maze, with 1,000 feet by 1,000 feet of corn to navigate, is open (from now through October 31). Admission is $9 for adults.

Image via the Power & Light District.

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