Food & Drink

Sample whiskey, craft beer and Serbian food at weekend events

The Standard restaurant and lounge will host its first-ever Fresno Whiskey Festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
The Standard restaurant and lounge will host its first-ever Fresno Whiskey Festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 4. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

Whiskey, craft beer and Serbian food are on the menu this weekend at three events featuring food and drink.

Fresno Whiskey Festival

The Standard restaurant and lounge will host its first Fresno Whiskey Festival from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

The Standard owner Steve Bisla says whiskey, bourbon and scotch are getting so popular they decided to host a tasting. Samples of all three will be available at the event.

“We carry a lot of rare stuff that most other places can’t get,” he says.

Complimentary food and water will be available, too.

Tickets cost $60 and include a glass and T-shirt. The event is expected to sell out (and VIP tickets are already gone) so get your tickets quickly. They are available at The Standard, 9455 N. Fort Washington Road or online. Details: 559-434-3638.

Craft Beer Crawl

The second Clovis Craft Beer Crawl is 5-8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4, in Old Town Clovis.

The city’s first Craft Beer Crawl sold out.

This year’s event features a map that guides people from store to store, and the tastings are held inside the stores.

Local breweries participating include Fresno-based brewers Tactical Ops (formerly Black Ops), Tioga-Sequoia, Mad Duck, Tulare-based Kaweah and Madera-based Riley’s. Larger breweries like Barrell House, Lagunitas and Firestone are scheduled to attend, too.

Food trucks will be providing food. The event is 21 and over.

Tickets are $35 each and $45 the day of the event. Tickets are available online at OldTownClovis.org.

Serbian Festival

The 22nd annual Serbian Festival is 3-10 p.m. Saturday, June 4. St. Peter Serbian Orthodox Church hosts the event at 3502 N. First St.

Admission is free and visitors can buy food from several vendors. The menu includes sarma (cabbage rolls filled with seasoned ground beef and rice) and ražnjići (marinated and grilled pork on a skewer).

But it’s the desserts that get some people excited, with volunteers from the church baking pastries, cookies, strudel and other baked goods.

The event also includes live Serbian music with an orchestra, dancing, a performance by the church choir featuring ancient Orthodox Christian hymns at 7 p.m. and tours of the Byzantine-style church at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Bethany Clough: 559-441-6431, @BethanyClough

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