Pop Stars

Hosted by the iconic Independence soda company Polly's Pop, PopFest is a celebration of all things pop: soda pop, popcorn, pop music, pop quizzes ... you get the idea. Come for the sweet treats, stay for the surprises that are sure to pop up.

André’s Sweet Life

For almost 70 years, the Bollier family has delighted patrons with chocolates and pastries at André’s Confiserie Suisse in Kansas City. In addition to the sweets, diners can enjoy a three-course lunch paired with a fine wine or craft cocktail.

Bug Appétit

They're noisy. They're everywhere. They're ... surprisingly delicious? For entomologists at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis, this spring's cicada emergence is the perfect opportunity to try out some new recipes. Cicada scampi, anyone?

You Want Fries With That?

These are no ordinary french fries. Across Missouri, chefs are putting a hot new spin on the humble spud. Sure, you could dip 'em in ketchup, but these restaurants are bringing something much more exciting than that to the table.

Bring the Heat

Those who just can't get enough chips and dip won't want to miss the 417 Salsa Fest in Springfield. A celebration of all things salsa, the event features a salsa taste-off, a hot-pepper-eating contest, live music, Latin dancing, and more.

The Best of the Wurst

Wurstmeister Mike Sloan, who owns Hermann Wurst Haus and Fulton Wurst Haus, just won a slew of awards for his artisanal, hand-crafted meats. Want to see for yourself how the sausage gets made? Sloan shares his secrets in a series of classes.

Fascinating Fungi

There are thousands of mushrooms waiting to be found in Missouri.

Nature is Out of Control

Growing grapes is farming. Subject to all the same issues when dealing with Mother Nature. Columnist Doug Frost takes you on a journey where nature is in control and winemakers are right in the thick of things.

The Whole Story at Barred Owl Butcher and Table

The Barred Owl Butcher and Table takes the nose-to-tail philosophy to the next level. The items on the menu are influenced by Italian and Spanish traditions and are as beautiful as they are tasty and locally sourced.

Chocolate Extravaganza

Sweet Tooth Alert: This festival in a charming, historic river town will treat you to 20 vendors sharing chocolates. Free give-aways, prize drawings, and music round out this paradise for chocolate lovers. Get your passport to chocoholic bliss.