Dining With Denise Neil

Bacon, beer, margaritas, mojitos and hummus the stars of weekend food events in Wichita

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It’s a busy weekend for big food events in Wichita, and at least four biggies are on the calendar — the sold-out Amber Waves beer stroll through Delano, the annual St. Mary Mediterranean Festival, the Bacon & Beer Festival at Hartman Arena, and the all-new Margaritas & Mojitos event at Old Cowtown Museum.

Here’s what you need to know to attend any (or all) of the parties.

Margaritas & Mojitos

What: This first-year event by Festive ICT, the same group that puts on Wichita Taco Fest and ICT Pizza Fest, will allow ticket holders to get $3 margaritas and mojitos from local restaurants and bars including Wave, Fredos, Wine Dive, Public, Heat Lounge, Emerson Biggin’s, Ya Ya’s, Vorshay’s, Los Compadres, District Taqueria, Twelve and Wichita Brewing Company. The event also will include a cash bar, music by Banda Hispanica and free food from places like Kolace, Wichita Brewing Company, P.F. Chang’s and more. Must be 21 or older to attend.

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday

Where: Great Room and Terrace at Old Cowtown Museum, 1865 W. Museum Blvd.

Tickets: Advance tickets are $20 at ritasandmojitos.com. Day-of tickets are $30 at the door.

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Baklawa will be among the offerings at the annual Mediterranean Festival at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church. Courtesy photo

Mediterranean Festival at St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church

What: This annual food sale and fundraiser has a few changes and additions this year. It opens with a Friday-night party called a “hafli,” which will feature Arabic music and dancing, family yard games, and a menu that includes hummus and pita, a much sought after Egyptian potato salad, chicken kababs, kafta from the grill, baklawa sundaes and a selection of Middle Eastern liquors. The event continues on Saturday with a full menu of a la carte Mediterranean food, a market serving pastries, breads and desserts, and church tours. Much of the activity this year is planned for the parking lot directly across the street and to the west of the church in Delano. Carryout food is available. Money raised will help benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Sedgwick County.

When: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Mary Orthodox Christian Church, 344 S. Martinson

Admission: Admission is free, food and drink are for sale

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Bacon will be the star at Saturday’s annual Air Capital Bacon & Beer Festival. Urban Toad Media LLP Courtesy photo

Air Capital Bacon & Beer Festival

What: This event, put on by a North Dakota-based promoter, returns this weekend with unlimited samples of bacon-centric appetizers from local restaurants, samples of beer and — new this year — a bourbon tasting that costs extra. The event also will include a bacon eating contest, mechanical pig riding and live music. Participating restaurants include Cero’s, Country Kitchen, Noble House and Reflection Ridge’s The Grille. Local breweries participating include Hopping Gnome, Augustino Brewing , Aero Plains, River City Brewing, Third Place Brewing, Wichita Brewing Company and Walnut River Brewing Company.

Where: Hartman Arena, 8151 N. Hartman Arena Drive, Park City

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Tickets: Tickets are $30 in advance at baconandbeerfestivals.com, $35 at the door. VIP tickets, which include early entry and a BLT and Bloody Mary bar, are $65 in advance, $70 at the door. Tickets to the bourbon tasting are extra and cost $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Denise Neil has covered restaurants and entertainment since 1997. Her Dining with Denise Facebook page is the go-to place for diners to get information about local restaurants. She’s a regular judge at local food competitions and speaks to groups all over Wichita about dining.