What’s New and What To Do in Wichita (9/23/19)

Something I’ve been wanting to do for sometime but never got around to it is give a weekly highlight of what’s ahead in the community, things to do, what new places there are to eat and one or two weekly suggestions for restaurants, food trucks or fun family things to try that you may not know about. Let’s get to it shall we?


Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off

This is one of the best food events of the year. It takes place Saturday, September 28 with the public tasting starting at noon but other events will begin at 9am. Tasting kits are $5 per person which entitles you to sample chili from everybody. Proceeds go to The Good Life Grants and to help us support local charities!

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Oktoberfest at Prost

This is a four day event at Revolutsia hosted by the German restaurant Prost. It runs from Thursday September 26 to Sunday, September 29. Admission is free unless you want to drink and that requires a $5 wristband.

It’s going to be a big party in the courtyard at Revolutsia where you can drink beer. There will be polka music, eating contests, people dressed up and even fun stuff for the family. If you think you can do it, there will also be a stein holding competition on Saturday.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Midwest Beerfest

Surely you’ve heard about this event. The 19th Annual AIWF Midwest Beerfest is taking place at the Kansas Star Casino. The event takes place on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. The big grand tasting takes place Saturday. Tickets to this event are $45.

For more information, check out their website.

Chimps & Salsa Mexican Food Fest 2019

Seven Mexican food vendors will be at the Sedgwick County Zoo this Sunday, September 29 from 12pm to 5pm in the food plaza. Regular Zoo Admission applies – Kids 2 & under are free.

They’ll have all sorts of fun activities like local & regional Hispanic bands on the stage, Funky Fancy Face Painters, a pinata at 8 minutes after every hour, traditional Mexican dance demonstrations, Sombrero Olympics featuring fun games & family friendly contests and more.

Here’s a list of which vendors will be on hand serving up great food:
The Hot Plate
Taco’s TJ
Alondra’s Tacos
Tacos Tlahco
Chico’s Restaurant
Lalo’s Express
Neives’ Taco Truck

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Oktoberfest at Church of the Blessed Sacrament

It’s the 15th Annual Blessed Sacrament Oktoberfest. They’ll have German food and beverages available, kid’s concessions and a silent action. They’ll even have fun kids’ rides ending at 10pm. Live music will also be happening until 11pm.

This takes place Saturday, September 28 from 11am to 11pm.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Pints for Positive Directions

Hosted at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company on Tuesday, September 24. You can get an exclusive limited edition Positive Directions and Hopping Gnome logo pint glass for $10 which includes a beer. You then keep the glass! This event runs from 3pm to 10pm.

50% of glass sales will go to support Positive Directions, Inc.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Food Trucks at the Fountain

It’s that time of the month. Food Trucks at the Fountain takes place at the Wichita WaterWalk on Sunday September 29 from 11am to 2pm. Over 30 trucks will be lined up and there will be live music playing throughout the event.

For more information check out their Facebook event.

Orie’s Garlic Fest 2019

Taking place this Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29 at Eberly Farm, it’s the annual Garlic Fest! Admission is $10 for adults and free for kids.

This annual food and art festival celebrates all things garlic — with garlicky eats, garlic-centered cooking demonstrations, and garlic-focused presentations, samples, and tastings. Orie’s Garlic Fest highlights the many facets of Wichita’s local scene: artisans, makers, farmers and ranchers, musicians, and foodies of all kinds. Let’s not forget the garlic!

For more information check out their Facebook event.


Looking for a different place to dine this week that you may have never been to? I’d recommend Fish & More over at 2021 S Oliver. If you’re looking for great fried food like catfish, this is certainly a place you have to try at least once.


This one is unique. Aria Bakery just opened this past week and specializes in Persian and Turkish baked goods. They have lots of different items you may not find anywhere else like Simit, Zapan and Fouman. Stay tuned for a review on the new bakery.

Happy Dining,

Have an event you’d like to have considered for the What’s New and What To Do, please email us with details. We are always open to suggestions.



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