Wed morning update: New festival, City Tasting Tours and more

A new festival is coming to Downtown Memphis in July. The South Forum Festival will happen 11 AM to 7 PM Saturday, July 2. It will be in a fenced lot on Vance between Second and B.B. King. There will be food vendors, live music, games, and an outdoor movie screen. Admission to the fest will be $5, with kids under 7 free with a supervising adult. There will also be a VIP area you can buy access to, which will have all indoor amenities, music, movie screenings, and food and drinks.

For those of you who don’t come Downtown much, do you want to eat like the locals when you do come down here? Well, I try to give you lots of good suggestions on my blog, but here is a pre-packaged tour where you can hit several of the best spots at once: City Tasting Tours. Every Saturday from 1:30 to 4:00, owner Cristina McCarter takes 16 people on a tour of five of the best local restaurants, and they are all located Downtown. Looking at the slideshow on the website, I recognize most of the dishes tour participants try, and have to agree that is a tour worth taking. “Like” City Tasting Tours on Facebook to keep up with the latest news about their offerings.

From Gizmodo: Cleverly smuggle booze by turning it into edible bubbles

Friday night it will once again be time for the monthly South Main Trolley Night, with many of the shops in the area open ’til 9 or later and some offering discounts and/or hors d’oeuvres and/or beverages. If you’re an SMA member, there will be complimentary burgers, dogs, beer and wine for you in the lot next to Bluff City Coffee (non-members $10). There will be live music up and down Main, and South Main Sounds will host another Songwriter Night with Nick Redmond, Angela Drew, Evan Farris, Jason Davenport, Tori Tollison and Jeff Hulett. I plan on being at Trolley Night and I hope to see you there!

LYFE Kitchen has launched a new mobile app.

Your Girlfriend headlines Thursday, June 23’s Peabody rooftop party. $10 cover, first 200 ladies free, or you can go VIP for the season for $150. Admission price includes a buffet of mini spring rolls and pot stickers with soy sauce. If you’re in VIP you get a second buffet of lobster spring rolls, chicken satay with peanut sauce, assorted sushi, and fortune cookies. Lychee margaritas will be the drink special.

I want to make a clarification to my post about Rizzo’s catering menu. Yes, you will still be able to dine at the restaurant. It’s not going catering only. What I was saying is that they are doing away with the “diner” concept (I mean, does that space look like a diner at all?) and adopting a new menu.

Time to go to work. Possibly another post later today.