The focus this summer weekend in Wauwatosa is on quaffable beverages.
Both the soft and the slightly harder kind.
Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can take a "Big Sip" at Metcalfe's Sentry Foods at 68th and State streets of the former.
The idea is to "Sip away the summer heat with 20 refreshing beverage samples," Metcalfe's says, inviting you to try them all, including:
• Iced Teas
• Iced Coffee
• Drink Chia
• Coconut Water
• Botanical Soda
• Cucumber Soda
• Gourmet & All Natural Sodas
• Fruit & Vegetable, and Sparkling Juices
Well, when you really think about it, that does sound refreshing.
All are on sale through next Wednesday.
While you're there, you can enter for your chance to win tickets to see Bill Maher at the Riverside Theater in special reserved box seats.
You can view the beverage lineup and sale prices at shopmetcalfes.com.
It's 3 p.m., now what?
It just so happens that when Metcalfe's "Big Sip" soft drink events close at 3 p.m. both weekend days, The Landing Beer Garden at Hoyt Park ... opens!
From 3 to 9 p.m., you can try a selection of beers and wines – not on the house – at the beer garden in front of Tosa Pool.
Seating at The Landing is all outdoors, and the weather forecast is for perfection – mid- to upper-70s, mostly sunny with some fluffy clouds and a very low (10 percent) chance of showers.
On the banks of the Menomonee in beautiful Hoyt Park, The Landing is operated by the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool, a non-profit with proceeds from sales all going to support pool operations and park improvements.
You gotta eat, tooEven before the weekend beverage fest starts, the Tosa Farmers Market begins. You are what you eat, and here, in a sense, you eat what you are: super-local food from your own community and its neighbors.
From 8 a.m. to noon in the Hart's Mill parking lot in the Village, the Tosa Farmers Market features dozens of vendors, and unlike most farm markets a lot of them offer dishes prepared on site. You don't just shop this market, you graze it.
Start with a Valentine's coffee, founded here in Tosa, have some grits from Maxie's Southern Comfort or an Ethiopian entree, sample some soup – there's even a vendor of South African sausage. The Tosa Farmers Market is eclectic to the max.
It's also entertaining. Say the market managers:
"We also have our friends from UW-Extension giving out great info on composting at our Community Booth, and Tosa Yoga Center in our Business Booth. And be sure to enjoy the sounds of Caley Conway in our Music Tent sponsored by Maxie's/Blue's Egg."