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 ehouse9.com.
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 piercecountywa.org/mobilefoodfest.
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 metroparkstacoma.org/FoodTruckFest.
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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 familiesunlimitednetwork.org/chili. Note: Event is for those 21 and older.