Poppers: September 2022

Load. Aim. Taco!

On the battlefield, there can be only one winner. Who serves Toledo’s Best Taco? Find out at the 2022 edition of 419 Taco War at the Lucas County Fairgrounds, Saturday, September 3 when over a dozen competitors will make their tasty case for taco supremacy. In addition to more food and non-food vendors in attendance, there will be plenty of cold beer to wash down all the taco goodness. $10 for adults, $5 for kids 3-12. Children 2 and under are free. 2-8pm. 1406 Key St., Maumee. Search “419 Taco War 2022” on Facebook.

Swinging shindig at Nazareth Hall

The party will be loud and the drinks will be flowing at Nazareth Hall’s Bowties and Bubbles event, Friday, September 23 in the Ladyglen Ballroom. This classic cocktail party with a modern twist will see music performed by the Bluewater Kings Band, a high-energy group which performs throughout the midwest. The shindig includes food and a cash bar pouring specialty cocktails. $40. 6:30-11:30pm. Nazareth Hall, 21211 W. State Rte. 65, Grand Rapids. 419-832-2900. Tickets available on eventbrite.com.

Who knew? It’s ZOOtoDO!

Raise money for the Toledo Zoo and support the organization’s mission by partying! Yep, it’s time once again for the ZOOtoDO, Friday, September 16. This year’s event, themed “Wild in Rio,” is billed as the “ultimate food and beverage experience,” with guests able to enjoy wine, beer and other beverages from over a dozen local bars, paired with food samples created by fine area restaurants. Attendees must be 21 or older to attend. $185 for Zoo members, $200 for non-members. Premium experience: $260 for members, $275 for non members. 5:30pm for premium, 6:30pm for general admission. 2 Hippo Way. 419-385-5721. toledozoo.org

Meat meets heat, what a treat

Learn the basics of cooking meat with smoke, or get tips on making your skills the best they can be, at Cork and Knife Provisions upcoming Smoked, Stoked and Butchered class on Wednesday, September 7 at the Wine Room in Whitehouse. The course will discuss working with a variety of kinds of wood for smoking, what kinds of wood are best and a variety of cooking methods, as well as the basics of butchery. $55. 6-8:30pm. 11266 Obee Rd., Whitehouse. corkandknifeprovisions.com