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Food and drink events to check out now – five of the best

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Boostillery 2019
Boostillery 2019

Tonight’s the night (Friday October 18th) for Slug Mag’s Boo!stillery festival. This brand new event is a halloween-themed spin on SLUG Mag’s regular Brewstillery festival. Attendees can sample a variety of boos, sorry booze, from local brewers and distillers alike. Boo!stillery will also feature local food trucks and artisans.

Tickets for the 21+ event are priced $25 and can be bought online here. Each ticket comes with 5 sample tokens and a full-sized commemorative mug. Additional sample tokens will be available for $2 each onsite. Attending breweries include:

  • 2 Row Brewing
  • Cerveza Zólupez Beer Company
  • Epic Brewing Company
  • Grid City Beer Works
  • Level Crossing Brewing Company
  • Moab Brewery
  • Mountain West Hard Cider
  • Park City Brewery
  • RedRock Brewing
  • RoHa Brewing Project
  • SaltFire Brewing Co
  • Shades Brewing
  • Talisman Brewing Company
  • Toasted Barrel Brewery
  • Uinta Brewing
  • UTOG Brewing Company
  • Vernal Brewing Company
  • Wasatch Brewery

While distillers include:

  • Beehive Distilling
  • Black Feather Whiskey
  • Daily Rise Coffee featuring The Hive Winery’s Java’s Coffee Licker
  • Dented Brick Distillery
  • Hammer Spring Distillers
  • High West Distillery
  • The Hive Winery
  • Holystone Distilling
  • Moab Distillery
  • New World Distillery
  • Ogden’s Own Distillery
  • Outlaw Distillery
  • Salt City Vodka
  • Sugar House Distillery
  • Vida Tequila
  • Waterpocket Distillery

The following food trucks will also be on hand with an eclectic mix:

  • Balabe Senegalese Cuisine
  • Cupbop
  • Smoke-A-Billy BBQ
  • Lucky Slice
  • 8th Street Taco Co
  • San Diablo Churros

Union Event Center
235 N 500 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(385) 831-7770

Proper cellar dinner

Avenues Proper cellar dinner
Avenues Proper cellar dinner

This months installment of the (usually sell out) cellared beer event will feature imperial stouts galore, each paired with something special by chef Jeffrey Springer. The event on October 30th starts at 6 p.m. (more info and reservations via their site) and the menu is as follows:

  • Strap Tank Barrel Aged Stout 2017
  • Local charcuterie board featuring Creminelli and Park City Creamery
  • Proper Grand Slainte 2016
  • Smoked maitake mushrooms, white truffles, beef broth
  • Uinta Labyrinth 2015
  • Braised osso bucco, smoked Anson Mills polenta, port wine demi
  • Epic Big Bad Baptista #2 2016
  • Pumpkin beignets, local habanero chocolate sauce, goats milk caramel

376 8th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
(385) 227-8628

More Proper good events

Put November 17th and December 8th in the diary. The former is the date for Avenues Proper annual harvest wine pairing dinner – always a grand feast. The 8th will be the big bash to mark Stratford Proper’s first year in business; a wine dinner is planned and you know the team will be pulling all the stops out to celebrate. More info and menus when announced.

Nicole Salem fundraiser

Lastly, this weekend, Proper Brewing will be holing a silent auction for taproom manager Nicole Salem. The brewery writes, “a few weeks ago, a member of the Proper family experienced the tragic loss of her teenage son. Please join us on Sunday, October 20th for a day-long fundraising event at Proper Brewing Co – the goal is to come together as a community to help our friend pay medical and funeral expenses and continue to support her family during this difficult time.

The brewery will be featuring:

The event starts at 10 a.m. October 20th and runs all day long through to 8 p.m. Official page here.

857 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 953-1707

Wasatch Community Gardens 30

2016 Wasatch Community Gardens Tomato Party
Wasatch Community Gardens Tomato Party

This month, Wasatch Community Gardens celebrate their 30th anniversary with a community-embracing bash in Salt Lake City. The grand celebration happens on Thursday, October 24th (6-9 p.m.) at The Union Event Center.

The event will acknowledge the organization’s achievements while also providing a platform for a major announcement about its future, and specifically their goal to build a new Wasatch Community Gardens’ Campus.

Wasatch Community Gardens has spent the last 30 years serving thousands of residents along the Wasatch Front. The grass-roots organization focuses on teaching kids and adults to grow, prepare, and eat fresh, organic fruits and vegetables through numerous programs.
WCG began as a project of Crossroads Urban Center. Today, the organization continues to serve neighbors in need with access to fresh and healthy food, while also providing opportunities for all people in the community to connect with their food and each other.

The 30th anniversary celebration will feature harvest games, live music, light appetizers, and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring highlights from the organization’s storied past and the exciting announcement about the new capital campaign to create the Wasatch Community Gardens’ Campus. 

Tickets are available now for $10 at (Children 12 and under are free but need to register.)

Table X

Table X - fresh fruit, passed appetizer
Table X – fresh fruit, passed appetizer

November 4th sees the Millcreek fine dining restaurant collaborate with several other local gems to help raise cash for Utah Community Action.

Table X will be joined by Manoli’s and Oquirrh to provide a five course meal, with optional wine pairings. Cost for the dinner is $150. More details here.

1457 E 3350 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84106
(385) 528-3712

Caputos Chocolate Festival

OmNom chocolate bars
OmNom chocolate bars

Finally, and back for the 8th year in a row, Caputo’s annual Chocolate Festival takes place this year on Thursday, November 14th. Every year Caputo’s features a particular craft chocolate purveyor and asks local chefs to do their best and work some magic. This year is no different, with Caputo’s spotlighting Omnom Chocolate from Reykjavik.

The culinary lineup getting to grips with the Icelandic chocolate in 2019 include:

  • Normal Ice Cream
  • Pallet Bistro
  • Nomad Eatery
  • The Farm in Park City
  • Table X

The assembled talents will showcase the unique Icelandic flavors of Omnom Chocolate in a variety of dishes both sweet and savory. The evening will offer cocktails from Water Witch, Sugarhouse Distillery and Bar Daddy, local brews from T.F. Brewing and Epic Brewing Company, and cozy pour overs by La Barba Coffee Roasters.

The event begins at 7 p.m. at the downtown Caputo’s location. Admission is $45; $70 with alcohol pairings. The event usually sells out each and every year so move fast. This can be purchase via

All proceeds from the Chocolate Festival are donated to the Heirloom Cacao Preservation Initiative. 

314 W 300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 531-8669

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