Ribs Fest, Taco Fest and more food, beverage events
Upcoming food and drink events
Downtown Street Eats at Campus Martius: Food trucks park at Campus Martius weekdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 13. 800 Woodward, Detroit. campusmartiuspark.org.
Food Trucks at Beacon Park: Food trucks gather during lunch at this new outdoor space weekdays 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 1901 Grand River, Detroit. (313) 962-0101.
Terrace Wine Tastings at Rattlesnake Club: Sample six wines paired with five small plates each Thursday through Aug. 24. 6 p.m. Thurs. $45 plus tax and tip. 300 River Place, Detroit. (313) 567-4400.
Ribs & R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Enjoy barbecue from area chefs and restaurants, plus live music like Sheila E and Atlantic Starr. Fri.-Sun. Free admission before 2 p.m., $5 after; VIP seating $45-$90. Jefferson at Woodward, Detroit. ribsrnbmusicfestival.com.
Appetite for Adventure at Detroit Zoo: Sample food and beverage pairings while strolling through the zoo. Some pairings may represent food from the homeland of the nearby exhibit’s animal. Tickets includes admission, eight food samples, eight beverage samples and a commemorative gift. Additional samples are available for purchase. 6-9 p.m. Fri. $60 in advance, $65 at the gate. 8450 W. 10 Mile, Royal Oak. (248) 541-5717 or detroitzoo.org.
Cheeseburger in Caseville: This 10-day event celebrates different cheeseburger styles, and also pays tribute to songwriter Jimmy Buffet. Fri.-Aug. 20. Caseville. cheeseburgerincasevillefest.com
Taco Festival at West Riverfront Park: Restaurants and food trucks dish out tacos and other food, plus beer and margaritas. Noon-6 p.m. Sat. $12 admission (food and beverage is extra), $20 for tequila tasting, $85 for VIP. West Jefferson at Rose Parks Blvd., Detroit. thetacofestival.com/detroit or (866) 977-6849.
Howell Melon Festival: Live entertainment, the 40th annual Melon Run, train rides, car show, kids events and more. Aug. 18-20. howellmelonfestival.com.
Troy Restaurant Week: Around 25 fine-dining and casual restaurants will offer three-course meals for $10-$40 for lunch and dinner Aug. 20-25. Visit troyrestaurantweek.com for a full list.
Metro Detroit Black Restaurant Week: A showcase of black-owned restaurants and chefs in the area. Aug. 21-27. blackmetroeats.com.
Purely Michigan Dinner at Bavarian Inn Restaurant: This five-course feast highlights ingredients produced in Michigan, plus local beer, cider and wine pairings. 6 p.m. Aug. 25. $60 all-inclusive. 713 S. Main, Frankenmuth. (989) 652-9941.
Shuck Yeah! at Roostertail: Enjoy oysters from across the country prepared by local restaurants, plus craft cocktails, beer and live music. Event coincides with the Detroit Boat Races. Tickets include six oysters, six drink tickets and unlimited food samplings from participating restaurants. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. $25-$35. 100 Marquette, Detroit. metrotimestickets.com.
Summer Beer Fest at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A celebration of craft beer, plus other libations, live music and a commemorative pint glass. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $15-$20. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak. royaloakbeerfest.com.
Michigan Distilled Festival at Fulton Street Farmers Market: A celebration of craft spirits and cocktails made in Michigan. 6-10 p.m. Sept. $40, $75 VIP. 15. 1145 Fulton St. E, Grand Rapids. midistilled.com.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market: Tickets are on sale now for this ninth annual event organized by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Oct. 27-28. $40-$45 in advance. Eastern Market, Detroit. mibeer.com.