River Festival

Your guide to Thursday’s Riverfest events

The sweet breading clings nicely to Original Corn Roast’s fried peaches.
The sweet breading clings nicely to Original Corn Roast’s fried peaches. The Wichita Eagle

Today’s best fest bets

1. Free food court admission: No button is needed for admission to the main food court from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who wish to take advantage of the deal should go to the main food court entrances, where they’ll receive a special bracelet.

2. Throwback Thursday: Didn’t buy one of this year’s buttons? On Thursday only, buttons from any past Wichita Riverfest will get you in.

3. Touch-a-Truck: Little boys and girls love trucks, and at Riverfest, they can climb all over big rigs, emergency vehicles and more. The event is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Waterman.

4. Big Easy Concert with Charles Bradley: Thursday night’s concert is from 5 to 10 p.m. and features Big Red Horse from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Monophonics from 7 to 8 p.m. and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires from 8:30 to 10 p.m.

5. Goodwill Cajun Food Fest: The 29th installment of this event offers Cajun food lovers a big serving of chicken etouffee, red beans and sausage, shrimp gumbo with rice and crusty bread. The price is $8 for the meal, $3 for the bread pudding or $10 for both. The event is from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Kennedy Plaza.

Festival food find

Fried peaches

(out of four)

Where to find it: Original Corn Roast in the main food court

What is it? A serving of five peach slices that have been battered and deep-fried and served with a side of glaze for dipping

How is it? The sweet breading clings nicely to the peaches (which have the tell-tale orangeness and texture of canned peach slices), and the glaze on the side adds just the right amount of sweetness. Only complaint: For the money, we wanted more peaches. The profit margin on this dish has to be huge.

Cost: $6 (six tickets)

Oliver Morrison

  Comments