Get outside and eat this weekend

The weather forecast for this year's Zoobilee: GORGEOUS.

As I sit at my desk type, type, typing I find myself wish, wish, wishing that that the Eagle had a retractable roof. The weather is so perfect outside — which is so rare in this crazy state — that it seems wrong not to be soaking it in.

But since our roof seems pretty stationary, I have to do the next best thing, which is daydream about the outdoor food events scheduled for this weekend. And there are several.

I’m planning to be at Zoobilee, an annual fundraiser for the Sedgwick County Zoo. It’s the only day of the year the zoo closes to the public so that local restaurateurs, adult beverage purveyors and bands can set up for an evening of grownup fun on the zoo grounds. (My friend Jaime’s band, the Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band, will be one of the many groups providing the Zoobilee soundtrack.) Tickets are $125 and include samples from a long list of Wichita restaurants, adult beverages and live music. Some of the animals even are brave enough to stay out and witness the goings on. The event starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Earlier in the day on Saturday, local health food shop Food for Thought will  put on its Fall Fling Outdoor Market
featuring Kansas artisans, crafters and food from vendors such as Good Shepherd Turkey Ranch, Cheney Tomatoes, Five Star Sauce, Jason Wiebe Cheese, Little Red Hen Bakery and more. It’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Food For Thought, 2929 E. Central. Admission is free, but bring spending money.

Then, on Sunday, Old Cowtown Museum will be hosting its Third Annual Wine Mosey. It’ll be from 5 to 8 p.m. at Old Cowtown, 1865 W. Museum Blvd., and will feature a barbecue dinner, a wine tasting, stagecoach rides, gun fights and more. Admission is $35 a person, and tickets are available at