Friday, May 20, 2011

Great American Barbecue Festival and other weekend possibilities

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The ribs are calling. Are you going to answer that call?
  • The ribs are calling. Are you going to answer that call?

Great barbecue comes with great responsibility -- the responsibility to

not take ribs off another man's grill.

The seventh annual Great American

Barbecue Festival, on Friday and Saturday at the

Overland Park International Trade Center (6800 W. 115th St.), will test

the limits of your powers. More than 180 competition barbecue teams are

expected to bring their best to the fundraiser for the 25-to-1 Fund (a

nonprofit affiliated with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation).

Admission is $10 at the gate, and an all-weekend pass is available for

$15. You can find more information at

thinkbbq.com.

Did you skip your high school prom? Don't live with regret. The Rock and Roll Prom

comes to Knuckleheads Saloon (2715 Rochester) tonight at 8 p.m.

An Elvis impersonator is promised, and you can openly toast the Prom King and Queen with your can of PBR. Tickets are $12 if you're going stag and $20 for couples. 

Kansas City has a long and proud history of beer drinking. Now you just

have to get a little oil on your bike before you get out there and

discover it. The first-ever Tour de Brew is on Sunday. There are

15-, 30- and 62-mile routes, depending on how many historical sites you

want to see (former breweries and ice houses from the West Bottoms to

Martin City) and depending on how far your legs can carry you. The

afterparty, sponsored by Boulevard brewery, is at Knuckleheads Saloon at

2 p.m. The tour is $45. Find out more information at

tourdebrewkc.com.

It has likely been awhile since you traded baseball cards, but the same

principle applies at the fifth annual Plant, Seed and Bulb Exchange at

the Missouri Department of Conservations Discovery Center (4750 Troost)

on Saturday. Bring your extra plants, soil, trays and pots to

swap with other gardeners between 9:30 a.m. and noon. At 10 a.m., Diane

Whealy, co-founder of Seed Savers Exchange, is speaking. The event is free.

Sorry, livers, Craft Beer Week isn't over. The Foundry (424 Westport Road,

816-960-0866) taps a keg of New Belgium's Ooh La La at 6 p.m. In

addition to sampling that ale, which is brewed with raspberry juice, you

get a New Belgium brewery glass to take home. Beer Kitchen (435

Westport Road,

816-389-4180) puts on a three-course beer-pairing dinner for $35. And Gomers South (9900 Holmes) has a free Boulevard tasting with brewer Jeremy Danner at 4 p.m. today.

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