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10:33 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With An Okie Food Festival, A Block Party And Star Wars

From fine arts and wine sampling to a good ol’ summer block party, the upcoming weekend has fun in store for Central Oklahoma residents of diverse tastes.

Pair a locally-brewed beer or glass of wine with food from some of the state’s tastiest restaurants as the Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival returns to Midwest City (MWC) for its third year. The Sheraton Hotel hosts the event from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with continuous entertainment in both the Reed Conference Center and outdoors on its Back Lawn.

A shot from the Beer and Wine Garden at the 2013 Made in Oklahoma Festival.
A shot from the Beer and Wine Garden at the 2013 Made in Oklahoma Festival.
Credit Midwest City Convention and Visitors Bureau

Coop Ale Works and a handful of other local breweries team up with all-Oklahoman food vendors, wineries and vineyards; earning the festival its 2014 title ‘A State of Great Tastes.’

After browsing through the event’s outdoor Beer and Wine Garden, guests can take their Native Spirits pinot noir or Base Vines signature red inside for an instructed ‘Wine & Palette’ painting session.

Visitors who don’t drink can supplement their Falcone’s pizza by listening to non-stop live music from 16 local bands and artists, participating in the ‘Masterminds of Melt’ grilled cheese cook-off or watching the ‘Cruising with Cops’ car show.

“The festival really promotes family fun with Oklahoma’s best tastes,” organizer Susan MacQuarrie said. “Ask several visitors what the festival’s main attraction is and you will get different answers.”

Parking and admission to the Made in Oklahoma Wine, Beer and Food Festival are complimentary; however, fees apply to participate in the grilled cheese challenge and the Wine & Palette class.

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What do you do when First Lady Michelle Obama presents you with the National Medal for Museum and Library Service? You throw a massive party, a block party.

That’s exactly how the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History kicks off the summer with its Historic Block Party and National Medal Celebration.

The family-friendly fiesta takes place on the museum’s north lawn featuring live music by groups like the Tequila Songbirds along with food trucks, celebratory cake and, of course, informational science booths.

The Historic Block Party and National Medal Celebration runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 1 and admission is free.

As far as Central Oklahoma’s arts scene goes this weekend, CityRep continues its production of the One-Man Star Wars Trilogy through Sunday at the Civic Center in downtown Oklahoma City.

I’m not quite sure how he does it, but screenwriter Charles Ross single-handedly acts out the entire Star Wars trilogy live, on-stage in sixty minutes.

One-Man Star Wars Trilogy screenwriter and performer Charles Ross prepares for battle against himself.
One-Man Star Wars Trilogy screenwriter and performer Charles Ross prepares for battle against himself.
Credit The Nerd Patrol / Flickr Creative Commons

His one-man show was originally an Off-Broadway hit after its premiere in 2001. However, Ross has now performed worldwide and, according to his website, has even been a guest on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and CBS’s Late Late Show.

Production began Wednesday, May 28 and continues through Sunday, June 1. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. each night with additional Saturday and Sunday matinees at 1:30 p.m.

The Regional Food Bank claims one in four Oklahoma children struggles with hunger and 675,000 Oklahomans are at risk of going hungry every day.

Eight schools in the Putnam City School District try to allay the issue this summer, as Tuesday marks the beginning of the free breakfast and lunch service.

All children 18 and under are eligible to receive meals. The food is served every business day from June 3 to June 27 at all participating schools except for Will Rogers Elementary which participates through June 20.

For more ways to fill the 168 hours of your week, visit KGOU's event listings page.

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