Grilled cheese contest set
The Sheraton Midwest City Hotel at the Reed Conference Center will host a family-friendly Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival on Saturday, including the Great Grilled Cheese Challenge: Masterminds of Melt.
Participants are challenged to create and cook three original grilled cheese sandwiches in just 20 minutes. Participants’ sandwiches will be judged on presentation, taste, originality and style. The categories include Classic, Exceptional Okie, Midwest City Marvel and Salute to Sweetness. Participants may enter one or all of the categories. Prizes will be awarded in all categories, plus People’s Choice and Best in Show awards will be announced.
Those interested in competing can register online at madeinoklahomafestival.com or contact Susan MacQuarrie at email@example.com. The competition is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Festival doors open at 11 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Ten wine or beer tasting tokens with commemorative festival glassware will be available for $18. Standard registration fees will be charged to participate in the car show, Grilled Cheese Challenge, and Wine & Palette.
For more information, go to miocoalition.com or call 455-1808.
‘Nature in Art’ series to debut
The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma will debut a five-part outdoor art series with an exhibition by local artist Paul Snyder at H&8th Night Market, from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday along Hudson Avenue between NW 6 and NW 9 streets in Midtown.
Food trucks confirmed are 2 Brothers Bistro, Adolini’s Pizzeria, Big O’s Spuds, Big Truck Tacos, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Chick N Wangs, Crepe Brewers, El Reno Original Fried Onion Burgers, Epic Pops, Frank’s Wurst, Green & Grilled, The Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Huey’s Shave Ice, Jerky.com, Kaiteki Ramen, Kosmos BBQ, La Gumbo Ya Ya, Lalo’s I Love My Taco Chop & Grill, The Loaded Bowl, Mexiasian Fusion, Moto Chef, Off The Hook Seafood & More, Pagoda Pizza, Pie on the Fly, Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, The Saucee Sicilian, Smokin’ Okies, Tacos El Patron, Taste of Soul Chicken and Waffle, and Taste of Soul Eggroll.
The last two events have drawn about 20,000 people, making it among the largest food truck events in the U.S.
Elemental Coffee will serve coffee and tea, and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.
Ludivine will host its final demo of potential menu items for the new restaurant concept planned to open later this year at 320 NW 10 St. cost is $40 per person and seating is open.
The “Nature in Art” series will feature five nature-inspired exhibits by local artists ranging from photography to painting and hand-crafted pieces. Each exhibit will take place on NW 7 Street in front of the Nature Conservancy headquarters, 408 NW 7 St., during H&8th Night Market each month through September. The art will be available for auction, and 30 percent of proceeds will support the Nature Conservancy’s mission to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
For more information including an event map, go online to h8thokc.com or call 633-1703. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter (#OKCNightMarket).
Canebrake to host special dinner
WAGONER — The Canebrake Resort and Spa, 33241 E 732 Road, will host a special five-course dinner on June 12 with room discounts available.
The 75-Mile Dinner will feature special guest chefs Amanda Jane Simcoe and Valarie Carter with sommelier Jeanne Wilson joining chef-owner Sam Bracken for the event.
Cost for the dinner is $65, or $85 with wine. Accommodations are available with dinner reservation for $180 (regularly $244) for a king suite, $160 (regularly $224) for a queen suite, or $85 (regularly $159) for a retreat room.
For reservations, call 918-485-1810 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Fest nears
YUKON — The annual Chisholm Trail & Crawfish Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 7 at Kirkpatrick Family Farm, 1001 Garth Brooks Blvd.
The family event celebrates the Western history of the Chisholm Trail, with a fun Cajun flair.
The festival is filled with living history re-enactors of the Old West, Indian teepees, authentic Cajun foods, a live Cajun band, Cajun dance lessons, crawfish racing, a crawfish-eating contest, pie-eating contest, a Civil War demonstration, gunfights, food vendors, craft booths, the Kids Kreative Korral, pony rides, a petting zoo and goat grab.
Oklahoma was included in the Louisiana Purchase, which relates to crawfish and other great Louisiana-inspired dishes. Chef Clint Eaves will prepare a menu of authentic Cajun foods, including a boiled crawfish plate with corn on the cob, boiled potato and smoked sausage; Louisiana gumbo with rice, red beans with rice, crawfish jambalaya, shrimp etoufee, blackened chicken sandwich with chips, fried alligator bites, Cajun boudin and Southern bread pudding with rum sauce.
The event also will include a variety of food vendors The pie-eating contest is at 1 p.m.; the crawfish-eating contest at 2 p.m. Admission is free.
FROM STAFF REPORTS