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Dining calendar: Bigger brew op at E9, Narrows Brewing chili cook-off and a new food truck festival

A few items for your dining calendar:

Bigger brew operation for E9: Sixth Avenue’s Engine House No. 9 is beefing up its brewery operation at the original location, but also will open a new barrel storage facility in Tacoma’s Stadium neighborhood. That facility “will increase our current barrelage ten-fold,” announced the brewery last week. Here’s something for your more immediate agenda: The brewery will have a bottle release Saturday (March 7). The first release featured 375ml bottles of raspberry wild ale, as well as a farmhouse-style saison. For those who want to try before buying, the raspberry will be on tap at the brewery at 609 Pine St., Tacoma; 253-272-3435 or

Keep on (food) trucking: Pierce County has announced it will also host a food truck festival. Mobile Food Fest will be held from noon-6 p.m. Aug. 22 at Sprinker Recreation Center. The free event can host up to 20 food trucks (approximately) and is booking trucks now. For more information, visit

Also this summer will be the second Tacoma Food Truck Fest, hosted by MetroParks Tacoma. That free festival will be from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19 at Wright Park. For more information, visit

Get your chili on: Narrows Brewery and Families Unlimited Network will have a chili cook-off at 1 p.m. Saturday (March 7) at the brewery, 9007 S. 19th St., Tacoma. Eight homemade chilis can be sampled (and voted on) at the Smoke On The Water Cook-Off. Ticket sales will benefit the network’s food bank. Tickets are $10-$15 and available at Note: Event is for those 21 and older.