Taste of Bricktown returns
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will host Taste of Bricktown from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday for its annual celebration of restaurants, businesses and community of the Bricktown area.
Participating restaurants range from Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse to Fuzzy's Taco Shop and will offer a sampling of some of their most popular dishes. Matt Stansberry and the Romance will provide live musical entertainment, and children can choose from activities such as an area with inflatables, face painting and more.
This year, Taste of Bricktown will offer VIP tickets for the first time, which includes tastings from 22 Bricktown restaurants, complimentary beer and a special wine and cheese tasting in the Legends Lounge of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. General admission tickets include tastings from the Bricktown restaurants and two complimentary drink tickets, which are good for beer or soda.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. Children 12 and younger get in free. Tickets can be bought online at www.welcometobricktown.com or by phone at 236-8666. Free parking is available in the parking lot east of the ballpark.
6 Degrees of Bacon
Downtown OKC Inc. will host 6 Degrees of Bacon, sponsored by COOP Ale Works and the Oklahoma Pork Council, from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 in the enclosed parking garage at 1115 N Harvey.
MidTown restaurants will gather to provide bacon lovers a sampling of delicious bacon-inspired dishes. There also will be a bacon art show and silent auction, winetasting, COOP beertasting, cash bar for cocktails, music by DJ D-Lo and a raffle for bacon-flavored gifts.
The event is a fundraiser for the MidTown Association. Cost is $20 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets, call 235-3500 or go to 211 N Robinson, Suite 225, in Leadership Square.
Watonga Cheese Festival is Oct. 12-13
WATONGA — The 36th annual Watonga Cheese Festival and Art Show is Oct. 12 and 13. Hosted by the Watonga Chamber of Commerce, the Oklahoma favorite offers attractions for people of all ages and interests. Admission to the family friendly event is $5 and free for children younger than 12.
The two-day cheese festival features live entertainment, crafts, and an art show located in the sanctuary of Oasis Church on Main Street. A bevy of cheese-related activities, including tastings and cooking contests, will unfold throughout downtown. Oklahoma wines will be served to adults.
The Watonga Cheese Festival kicks off at 10 a.m. Oct. 12 with an opening ceremony at Centennial Park, on the corner of West Main and Leach Street. Other activities at the festival include the Classic Car show, Rat Race (sanctioned 5k, 1k and one-mile fun run the morning of Oct. 13), games, rides and amusements for kids of all ages. The big event Oct. 13 is the annual Cheese Festival Parade at noon. Hours for the Watonga Cheese Festival are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. For more information, call (580) 623-5452 or go to watongacheesefestival.com.
OU-Texas weekend has BBQ contest
DALLAS — Main Street Garden and Downtown Dallas will host the Second Annual Texas Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout on Oct. 11 and 12.
Four pitmasters from Oklahoma and four pitmasters from Texas will compete for the 2012 champion title and a $1,000 prize in the two-round contest.
Pitmasters from Texas are Cliff Payne (2011 event champion) of Cousin's in Fort Worth; Kelly Duncan, Big Daddy's in Lavon; Lance Kirkpatrick of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in Austin; and the Rev. Jeremiah McKenzie of Baby J's BBQ & Fish in Palestine.
Oklahoma pitmasters are Robby Corcoran, Burn Co. BBQ in Tulsa; Russ Garrett, The Smokin' Okie of Coach's in Oklahoma City; Terel McNac of Steve's Rib in Edmond; and Bill Ritter of Mud Creek BBQ in Ringling.
Starting on Oct. 11, pitmasters will cook St. Louis-style pork ribs and sauces all day in Downtown's Main Street Garden, corner of St. Paul and Main streets, for a 7 p.m. private judging by a panel of food experts, sports industry members and community leaders. Two finalists, one from Oklahoma and one from Texas, will cook their winning recipes all day, to be sold at the Texas-Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout Celebration in Main Street Garden from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 12.
The 2012 Champion Winning Pitmaster will be determined by a people's choice vote among 2,000-plus attendees expected. All proceeds for food sales will benefit Kidd's Kids and the charity's work on behalf of chronically ill children and their families.
The $1,000 prize will be presented to the champion pitmaster at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12. Live music from Texas and Oklahoma bands will be performed starting at 5:30 p.m. In addition to the barbecue on the Red River Shootout People's Choice Rib Plate, attendees will be able to buy beer, wine and margaritas.
Get your grilled cheese on
Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52 St., has announced a call for entries for its Mom's Classic Grilled Cheese Challenge to be held live at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19.
Record yourself, or someone else making your famous grilled cheese sandwich. All video entries must be received by noon Oct. 12. Video entries can be loaded to the science museum's Facebook page and or delivered to the museum.
The top 10 entries will be selected based on creativity, visual appeal and execution. These 10 grilled cheese chefs will compete live in front of six celebrity judges.
Winners will have their grilled cheese sandwich featured on the menu in Science Museum Oklahoma's Pavlov's Cafe.
For more information, call 602-3760, or go to www.sciencemuseumok.org.