Happy Wednesday Dear Readers! We’re shaking things up a bit this week because we are super excited that: a.) the countdown to the holidays has officially begun (Christmas is in 50 days!), b.) we’ll see temperatures below 90 this weekend, and c.) we will have some semblance of “Fall” this weekend. AND, you know what the cooling temperatures and the sounds of crushing leaves beneath your feet brings in? Pumpkin Patches and Festivals!

Your Dishin’ It gals thought it might be a real treat to give you a sneak peek into what we think are some cool (adult) events happening in the Valley this weekend. Don’t worry about us straying off too much from our usual path, because these fun-filled events list includes our love of food and fun beverages.

This Friday night, the Tres Lagos community will be hosting their 2nd Annual Grapes & Grains Festival at their amphitheater. What started out as just an event for the residents of the master plan community, has now opened its doors to the public. For $25 per person, you can enjoy some bites from (some of our favorite restaurants like) Salomé on Main, The Centennial, On the Grill, University Draft House, Philly 77, Bourbon Street, Dragon Warrior Noodle and Nuri. Man, it’s not even Friday and our tummies are already craving most of these treats! Let the juicing begin.

Guests will also be able to sample beer and wine. We hear that the boys from 5x5 Brewing Company in Mission will be bringing out their full portfolio so that residents who are not familiar with these veterans’ brews can have a taste or two. Other craft beer and wine options will be available as well.

If you’re concerned that it’s too much yummy food and drinks, don’t worry, you’ll be able to dance all those calories away with the sounds of Buck n’Crazy, Lost Puppies and the B Street Benny Band all the way from New Orleans!

Grapes and Grains will take place Friday, November 8th from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. at the Tres Lagos Amphitheater, located at 5100 Tres Lagos Blvd, McAllen, TX 78504. Proceeds of Grapes and Grains will benefit the local veterans organization Heroes on the Water. For tickets and more information, visit https://treslagosgrapesandgrains.eventbrite.com/.

If Friday is out of the question, or you’re more of a weekend warrior, then check out the Valley Nature Center’s 8th Annual Brew in the Woods. Located in the heart of Weslaco, the Valley Nature Center offers visitors a unique experience during this annual fall event. This year’s guests can enjoy dishes from University Draft House, Il Forno, Teddy’s BBQ, Cowboy Chicken, Coast Asian Bistro, Margo’s (making fresh ice cream), Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Honey Cakes. Of course, adult beverages will be provided, but there are three really unique aspects of this event. For one, you can enjoy your beverages as you walk the trails of the Valley Nature Center, lighted by tea or string lights during the evening (which is something that not a lot of folks can enjoy). Secondly, you can "shake your groove thing" on the dance floor under the stars and the giant trees. Rain or no rain, guests are so enthralled by their environment that they don’t mind a few sprinkles of water. Lastly, (one of our personal favorites) you will have the opportunity to talk to local brewers and taste their experimental brews that are sometimes made especially for this event. Two years ago, we were able to taste a wonderful Cucumber Berliner Weisse (Trechas Rim and all) that was out of this world! Guests also get to vote for their favorite locally brewed beer.

Funds raised at Brew in the Woods will help the Valley Nature Center to further its mission. Tickets are $45 per person and, while we hear that they are sold out, like a friend of us has told us before, “Nothing is really ever sold out.” So if you have any friends who can’t go or see a post online about extra tickets, we urge you to go!

The Valley Nature Center is located at 301 South Border Avenue, Weslaco, TX 78596. Brew in the Woods will take place on Saturday, November 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, call (956) 969-2475.

Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors-South Texas and Watts is a freelance writer specializing in the marketing of the service industry. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. They can be reached at dishin.it.956@gmail.com.