Things To Do

The Best Food, Drink and BBQ Events of the Week (Oct 24 - Oct 30)

The 3rd annual Blues, Bandits and BBQ is this Friday and Saturday in an old sunflower patch in Oak Cliff (715 W Davis Street). The two-day will have live music, Four Corners' beer and 23 teams cooking more than 1,000 pounds of meat. Admission is free, but if you want to taste the cook-off grub, you need to purchase a ticket in advance.

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Lakewood Brewing Company is gettin' saucy Saturday with a Temptress inspired Halloween party. Dress like a Temptress and then drink one. That's some honest debauchery. The festivities start as an informal brewery tour at 1:15 p.m. You'll get a souvenir glass and 4 free samples. There will be food, tunes and prizes for the best costumes.

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This Friday is the open casting call for season four of MasterChef at Le Cordon Bleu from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They're specifically looking for amateur chefs with a good story. (And everyone has a story. If not, make one up.)

Earlier in the week Scott Reitz wrote about Friday Night Bites , which marks the return of Friday night service on the DCTA train from the Trinity Mills DART station to Denton, six days a week. The Denton Transit Center will have music and food trucks this Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday is Chicken Fried Steak Day. Find a place, take a seat and pay homage.

Road trip! This weekend is the Flatonia Czhilispiel. Remember all the old pictures in Chili's? I haven't been in a Chili's in a decade, so maybe they're still there. Regardless, the 40th annual Czhilispiel is all weekend and you should "czech" it out - it's just a quick four hour drive south. Robert Earl Keen and the Bellamy Brothers are playing Saturday night. And there's lots of great Czech food in addition to chili, barbecue and a Jackpot Margarita Contest. Little history: This event got started 40 years ago when Flatonia needed a doctor, so residents organized a chili cook-off and Czech heritage festival to raise the funds to send someone to medical school. They found a taker who agreed to a five-year commitment, but ended up staying longer... They should totally make a movie about that.

Our Englishman in BBQ Sauce is getting quite official. This weekend he'll be a judge at the 3rd Annual Gettin' Sauced barbecue sauce contest at the Hops and Grain Brewery in Austin. The event is this Saturday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature over 15 different Texas sauces.