River Festival

Your guide to Friday’s Riverfest events

Today’s best fest bets

For more on the Riverfest’s final days, see the Go! section.

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. Neon Dance Party with Four Color Zack: This event, which happens from 5 to 9:45 p.m. on the RedGuard Stage, will feature several top DJs spinning dance tunes. It’ll start at 5 p.m. with local act DJ Carbon followed by Winfield’s DJ Tight Pants at 7:30 p.m. Then, at at 9 p.m., headliner Four Color Zack, an award-winning DJ from Seattle, will perform.

3. Riverfest wing-eating contest: Watch brave, large-stomached festivalgoers attempt to out-eat each other in a chicken wing-eating contest, which happens from 7 to 8 p.m. on the main food court stage.

4. Indie showcase featuring Flogging Molly: The main music on the Kennedy Plaza Stage on Friday is alternative, and the headliner is well-known Irish alternative band Flogging Molly, which will take the stage at 9 p.m. The evening, which starts at 5 p.m., also will include music from the Souveneers, Carrie Nation & The Speakeasy and California group The Devil Makes Three.

5. A Salute to Aviation: Activities on Friday are designed to celebrate Wichita’s status as the Air Capital and will include a static display of planes manufactured in Wichita plus a B-52 flight simulator set up from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Douglas near Water. There will also be a Rosie the Riveter look-a-like contest with on-site registration from 5 to 6:45 p.m. and judging at 7 p.m. on the Kennedy Plaza Stage. The winner gets a set of tools and a $100 U.S. savings bond.

Festival food find

Chocolate dipped cheesecake

(out of four)

Where to find it: Hoopingarner Philly Steak in the main food court

What is it? A full-size slice of cheesecake, dipped in chocolate, pierced by a stick and frozen.

How is it? A slice of cake was not meant to be eaten while walking: it’s full of jagged edges, layers so thick that they can’t quite fit in one bite, and gooiness destined for your upper lip or lower nostril. But this cheesecake is cold enough that, no matter what you do, it holds in place as you nibble around, into and through its three layers. But it’s large. It could be a meal in itself. The chocolate covering is a little on the thin side, but the chewy, almost crunchy crust perfectly complements the cake itself, which near frozen, chews like ice cream but tastes like cheesecake. It’s disconcerting for that familiar ice cream texture to give way to such rich flavor, as if your frumpy best friend showed up one day in a ball gown encrusted with diamonds. But obviously, it’s worth the experience if just for the story you can tell about it afterward.

Cost: $6 (six tickets)

Oliver Morrison

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