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Ethnic Enrichment Festival & Other Weekend Possibilities

The Q39 Burnt End Brisket Burger The Q39 Burnt End Brisket Burger has arrived, Overland Park. (Morgan Cooper I Flatland)
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Eat your way around the world at the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, today through Sunday. Whether you’re craving crepes or sticky rice, there’s a host of food booths that’ll make you feel like Epcot Center got transplanted to Swope Park for a weekend. There’s a host of live acts, including traditional dancing and music performances. The EEF is from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight, noon to 10 p.m. tomorrow, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. It’s $5 admission (free for those under 12 years old).

Q39 opened a second location this week at 11051 Antioch Road in Overland Park, Kansas. The original is on 39th Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Need lunch inspiration? Check out how Q39 makes its burnt end brisket burger, just one of the stories we told in Burnt Legend, our series on the history of burnt ends in Kansas City.

A pop-up cat café is coming to Parkville this weekend. As part of the Parkville Days festival, Whiskers Cat Café paired with Parkville Coffee, KC Pet Project, and Friends of Parkville Animal Shelter to open a temporary cat café at 113 Main St., in Parkville. It’s coffee, cats, and baked goods.

Mission Taco (1801 Oak St.) is open in the Crossroads. The St. Louis import serves up street tacos, burritos and tortas, and it’s adjacent to the recently opened International Tap House. At Mission, start with the Baja fish or barbecue duck tacos and see where the night takes you. On the beverage side, KC mainstay Jenn Tosatto (formerly of The Rieger & Q39) is heading up the bar program.

Vintage Whites, the traveling vintage show, returns to Kansas City with a new name – The Market Beautiful – and lineup of more than 100 vendors. The Market Beautiful is today from 5 to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Union Station. They’ll have a beer garden and food trucks on-site for those who need a break from shopping.

Dive into the food scene in Blue Springs with a Taste of Blue Springs at Blue Springs High School from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Keep an eye out for Sinclair’s and Terra, a health and wellness market. Admission is $12 in advance or $17 at the door.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting its third annual Block Party from 6 to 10:30 p.m. on Saturday. Food trucks will be on hand, and the museum will be screening a movie outdoors and leading tours. The Kemper announced last week that it had hired Remy Ayesh, a new executive chef for Café Sebastienne. Ayesh moved back to the Kansas City area from Chicago, where she worked at Pops for Champagne. She was also previously at The Oliver on the Plaza.

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