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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.
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.
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
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.