Mead Day is Saturday, plus 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.
Hot Glass. Cold Beer. at Glass Academy: Sip craft beer from seven Michigan breweries while viewing glass-blowing demonstrations. Event includes food samples and a glass-blown tasting glass to keep. 7-10 p.m. Thurs. $68. 25331 Trowbridge, Dearborn. (313) 561-4527.
Chef Rebecca LaMalfa at Revolver: Chicago-based chef and “Top Chef” contestant LaMalfa has a short residency at the Revolver pop-up kitchen. She’ll serve a five-course vegetarian meal with chilled corn soup, mushroom and petite lentil salad, potato gnocchi, charred eggplant and beet red velvet cake. 6 and 9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. $45 plus gratuity. 9737 Jos Campau, Hamtramck. revolverhamtramck.com.
National Mead Day at Cellarmen’s: Making and serving mead, beer and cider in Hazel Park, Cellarmen’s will celebrate National Mead Day with nine new meads, a few ciders and the release of Beet Your Meade, a new mead made with locally grown beets. TruckShucka food truck will be nearby serving Israeli street food. 1 p.m. Sat. No cover. 24310 John R, Hazel Park. (586) 413-4206.
Summer Fest at B. Nektar Meadery: Celebrating National Mead Day with their ninth anniversary, B. Nektar will have limited releases of mead, cider and beer, including a very limited release of Imperial Funky Monky. The bash will also have live bands and a few food trucks, including Ruckus Taco Co., Treat Dreams, CC Creperie and LazyBones Smokehouse. 2-8 p.m. Sat. No cover. 1511 Jarvis, Ferndale. (313) 744-6323 or bnektar.com.
VegMichigan Summerfest at Madonna University: Vegan and vegetarian food vendors gather to showcase their plant-based food that includes vegan coney dogs, raw juice smoothies, ice cream and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Free admission. 36600 Schoolcraft, Livonia. vegmichigan.org.
European Beer Dinner at Rock City Eatery: Chef Nikita Sanches will present a five-course dinner paired and influenced by European beer. 7 p.m. Mon. $75. 4216 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 265-3729.
Cactus & Cocktails at English Gardens: Design a cactus and succulent garden with decorative soil, moss, rocks and colored sand while enjoying a summer alcoholic beverage on the house. 7-8 p.m. Tues. $15, $5 each additional plant. At Area English Gardens, including the one at 22650 Ford, Dearborn Heights. (313) 278-4433.
Ribs & R&B Music Festival at Hart Plaza: Enjoy barbecue from area chefs and restaurants, plus live music like Sheila E and Atlantic Starr. Aug. 11-13. 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. Aug. 11. $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. Aug. 11-20. 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. Aug. 12. $12 admission (food and beverage is extra), $20 for tequila tasting, $85 for VIP. W. 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.
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.
Detroit Fall Beer Festival at Eastern Market: Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday for this ninth annual event organized by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Oct. 27-28. $40-$45 in advance. Eastern Market, Detroit. mibeer.com.