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Deer Park to feature microbrews at fest

September 15, 2016 GMT

Get ready to raise your glass. Deer Park Irish Pub will be hosting its seventh annual Craft Beer Festival 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 1.

The festival has been organized to provide a forum for nationally known craft brewers to celebrate their art and tradition with local beer enthusiasts, Deer Park Pub owner Tony Henry says.

Among the dozens of well-known (if not aptly named) micro­brews on tap will be Arrogant Bastard, Bell’s and Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest, Green Flash and Okto Festival Ale, Henry says. The microbreweries represented include Bell’s Brewery of Kalamazoo, Michigan; Bloomington’s Upland Brewery; Sierra Nevada Brewery of Chico, California; and Widmer Brothers of Portland, Oregon. There will also be a contingent of home brewers sharing their hand-crafted beers.

There will be fresh burgers, German brats and signature Bush’s baked beans available for purchase.

Admission to the event is $25 in advance or $35 at the door. Those in attendance must be 21 and older, but pets are welcome to accompany their owners. Proceeds will go to the Miss Virginia’s Food Pantry.

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Tickets are available at the Deer Park Irish Pub, all Fort Wayne area Belmont Beverages locations or online at deerparkfest.eventbrite.com.

Now open

* Hold your Timbits, doughnut fans. The sixth location of the Canada-based Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop has opened in the city.

The restaurant at 5625 W. Jefferson Blvd. (across from Time Corners) opened Friday. Its hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Tim Hortons has an extensive menu including baked goods, sandwiches, wraps and soups. The franchise might be best known for its coffee, which is served hot or cold. Specialty drinks, such as espresso and frozen concoctions, are also available.

* RedRok BBQ & Bourbon Saloon has opened at 2701 W. Jefferson Blvd. The menu for the barbecue restaurant features ribs, burgers and sandwiches. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to until at least 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

* Also open is Rosati’s Pizza at Jefferson Pointe. Hours for the Chicago-style pizzeria and sports pub are 10:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Foodstock coming

The trucks are ready to roll for the fifth annual FoodStock.

The festival of mobile food units will be 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Among the trucks participating this year are Big Apple Pizza, Brainfreeze, Bravas, iGrandma’s, King Arthur’s Trolley, Naked Tchopstix, Pizza Bomba, Pizza Diva, Ragin Cajun, Sol Kitchen, Vietnummy, Whip & Chill, Who Cut the Cheese and Wise Guys Ice.

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Local musicians such as Night to Remember, Finding Friday, Secret Mezzanine and the Farmland Jazzband will provide entertainment. The beer tent will offer a taste of local beers and wines. Junk Ditch Brewery and Chapmans will be on site as will a local winery. Indiana Wild will be on hand with exotic animals and face painting will be available for kids.

FoodStock is free and open to all ages.

Calling pasta fans

It took less than one minute for Olive Garden to sell 2,000 Never Ending Pasta passes last year.

This year, the Italian restaurant is upping the ante – offering 21,000 passes during an hourlong period on Thursday.

Beginning at 2 p.m., pasta fans can purchase the $100 ticket at OliveGarden.com/PastaPass. The pass is good for seven weeks (Oct. 3 through Nov. 20) and features unlimited pasta, homemade sauces, pasta toppings, soup or salad, breadsticks and soft drinks. This year, the most popular Olive Garden entree, Chicken Alfredo, is being introduced as part of the Never Ending Pasta Bowl lineup.

Guests without a Pasta Pass can take part in Never Ending Pasta Bowl and enjoy unlimited pasta starting at $9.99 throughout the seven-week promotion starting Oct. 3.

In partnership with Feeding America, after the online sale is complete, Olive Garden will be auctioning additional Pasta Passes on eBay. Olive Garden will donate 100 percent of all proceeds from the auction to Feeding America, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $21,000, to fight hunger in local communities.

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