Jewish Food Festival in Mequon
The Peltz Center for Jewish Life in Mequon is holding its annual Jewish Food Festival from noon to 7 p.m. Aug. 1 and 2 in Rotary Park, 4100 W. Highland Road, Mequon.
The menu features the Israeli falafel and shwarma, pastrami and turkey sandwiches, matzah ball soup, stuffed cabbage rolls, knish and kugel, with a dessert menu of sweet pastries with European origins, such as babka, turnovers and a chocolate rugelach. The Sunday dinner special is a smoked brisket sandwich, and the Monday dinner special is glazed beef ribs, both served from 5 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy live music, a shofar demonstration and roving entertainment on both days. Admission is free. A drive-thru pickup will be available at the park during festival hours. For more information visit jewishfoodmequon.com
New stout at Ray’s barbecue
The parking lot will be the party site from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 1 at the RAY-borhood Barbecue Bash with Central Waters Brewing.
New this year is the release of Ray’s barrel-aged Imperial Stout, aged in two Four Roses bourbon barrels laid down in 2018. Originally scheduled to be released in 2020, the barrels have yielded kegs of Imperial Stout with deep flavor and aroma.
Food trucks from Twisted Plants, Iron Grate and Heaven’s Table BBQ will be on site to provide the barbecue, with music by the Rush Mor Records DJs, and 24 beers on tap. The event will go on rain or shine at Ray’s Wine & Spirits, 8930 W. North Ave., Wauwatosa. (414) 258-9821.
Restaurants vie for ‘Best Taco’
Local restaurants and vendors will vie for the title of “Best Taco” at Milwaukee Taco Fest Aug. 1. The festival is held in two sessions, lunch from noon to 3 p.m., and dinner from 4 to 7 p.m., at Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Drive.
Restaurants participating include Chilango Express, 5 De Mayo Fiesta, Juana Taco Company, Mexican Village, Shaker’s, Taco Mike’s, Vagabond and other food trucks and vendors.
All tickets include admission to the event, access to food booths and a full bar, live music and freestyle wrestling matches from Mondo Lucha. Tickets range from $15 to $45, plus sales tax and fees, and must be purchased in advance. For tickets visit: milwaukeetacofest.com
Book sale benefits local food pantries
A Hunger Book Sale at All Saints’ Cathedral, 818 E. Juneau Ave., will benefit local meal sites and other organizations.
The sale hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6 to 10, and admission is free. For a $5 donation, shoppers can get first chance at the books at an opening night preview from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 5.
Organizations benefiting from the event include local free meal sites and food distribution programs, organizations with food-related costs and world hunger charities. For a discount coupon good on purchases of $25 or more made on Aug. 6 and 7, visit the website, ascathdral.org
Free dinner in the garden
The community is invited to savor the summer harvest with a dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Victory Garden Initiative Farmhouse, 249 E. Concordia Ave. Enjoy free food prepared by Victory Garden Initiative staff and friends, and live entertainment provided by local performers.
The onetime street festival is now a dinner, which requires attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing while in line to pick up their food and drinks. Visitors can view the farmhouse and the urban farm, which is a 1.5-acre site in the Harambee neighborhood, committed to offering locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to residents. More info: victorygardeninitiative.org