As if you don't already have a plethora of food events on tap for this weekend, HopCat, a Michigan-based chain of craft beer pubs, is opening at 11 a.m. Saturday in The Square.
HopCat, at 410 West Short Street, will give free "Crack Fries" to all on Saturday. And the first 200 people get a card good for a free order of Crack Fries every week for a year. HopCat will feature Kentucky's largest draft beer selection, including more than 30 Kentucky-made beers, plus a full menu serving lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. We visited HopCat this week for LexGo Eat's video series. Watch it at LexGo.com.
■ The BrewGrass Trail Tavern will open 6 p.m. Monday at the Court Plaza building at 325 West Main Street, next to the Cheapside Pavilion. The tavern will serve craft beer from six Central Kentucky breweries — Blue Stallion, West Sixth, Country Boy, Kentucky Ale, Ethereal and Rooster Brewing — as part of the Breeders' Cup Festival for the whole week.
■ Ramsey's has begun its Annual Fall Harvest Festival, which will run throughout the season at all four locations. In addition to 22 fresh vegetables offered year 'round, Ramsey's will offer as a side selection "Table Queen" variety acorn squash with brown sugar and butter every day, and every other day will alternate between baked sweet potato (Covington variety) and sweet potato casserole. Ramsey's also will alternate daily between broccoli casserole or fresh broccoli with lemon butter. The broccoli has been grown for Ramsey's by Julie's Pumpkins and Produce in Bourbon County.
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■ The JDI Grille and Tavern, 319 Cedar Street, has University of Kentucky game specials: a 32-ounce Kentucky Ale in a collectible mug that says "Go Big Brew" for $8 ale, $10 domestic buckets, $7 Bud light pitchers and $5 pop rocks shot specials during the game.
■ Brasabana, 841 Lane Allen Road, also has specials: during Wildcat games, get $2 off cocktails, half price draft beers and half price appetizers. Brasabana's Havana Nights are back, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and Dec. 8, with salsa and Cuban heritage dance demonstrations by Reena Cobo Reyes and Abel Reyes of the Salsa Center. Specialty cocktails and half-price appetizers.
■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street, has international night with special menus most Wednesdays for dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. On Oct. 28, it's British food night; November, except for Thanksgiving, will feature food from Greece, the Caribbean and then North Africa, consecutively.
■ Tickets are on sale for the Salvation Army's 11th Annual Christmas Breakfast Roast, 7:30 a.m. Nov. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This year's subject is University of Kentucky women's basketball coach Matthew Mitchell. The Christmas Breakfast Roast is the official launch of The Salvation Army's annual Red Kettle Drive, which raises money for local holiday assistance and to help homeless women and children and families in poverty. Tickets are $50 each or $500 to sponsor a table; available at salvationarmylex.org.
■ Lexington Farmers' Market, downtown at Cheapside Pavilion on Saturday and on Southland Drive on Sunday, will have seasonal vegetables and fruits, flowers, pumpkins, honey, bread, garlic, and apples.
■ Bluegrass Farmers' Market, 1837 Plaudit Place at the Hamburg Liquor Barn from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, will have seasonal vegetables, honey, baked goods, and jam.
■ Jessamine Growers Farmers' Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice Streets in Wilmore on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, will have locally grown tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, greens, sweet potatoes, apples, honey, herbs, eggs, and cut flowers.