Wed update: HCB Oktoberfest, G.E. Patterson 5K, Spirits with Spirits, food writers’ conference, Grizzlies Den sale, PBR, Amazon Smile, Poker Hall of Fame

I have more information about the Oktoberfest celebration at High Cotton Brewing Co. that I mentioned the other day. It will be Saturday, October 4 from noon until 7 and tickets are $40. There will be food, open taps, circus performers, live music, and games for the kids. (They’re inviting KIDS to a beer festival?) There’s also a $75 VIP ticket that gets you a larger selection of open taps, an all-you-can-eat buffet including a locally-raised whole pig roast, an Oktoberfest T-shirt, and a commemorative glass stein. The day will also be the release day of High Cotton Oktoberfest beer. You can purchase tickets here. The $40 appears to be an early bird price. The event benefits Grow Memphis.

A week from Saturday, there will be a 5K Downtown benefiting Porter-Leath’s preschool program which serves more than 4000 children under age 5 each year. The 5K, named for the late Bishop G.E. Patterson, will depart from the COGIC Temple of Deliverance at 369 G.E. Patterson Avenue on September 20 at 8 AM, with registration beginning at 7 AM. More information and registration can be found here.

Saturday, November 1 is the Day of the Dead and Elmwood Cemetery is throwing a party: Spirits with the Spirits. There will be spirits by Roaring Tiger Vodka and Ghost River Beer, and food by the Boiling Point, Just for Lunch, and Fork it Over Catering. Dress is black & white casual with costumes and characters encouraged. $60 per body, $100 per couple.

In case you’re wondering what food journalists talk about at a conference, here’s the agenda for the conference starting today at the Peabody. I bet the Nuh-Uh Girl would have attended this if she still lived in Memphis.

The Grizzlies have announced a sale in the Grizzlies Den Store Saturday from 10 to 2.

The featured glass for Glass Night tonight at the Little Rock Flying Saucer is PBR. Sure wish we could get some of that PBR in the Memphis Saucer!

Amazon has a new program called Amazon Smile where they will donate to a charity of your choice, at no cost to you, every time you shop. I picked St. Jude from the list of charities.

Fellow poker players may be interested in this announcement: The ten finalists have been announced as candidates to be the 2014 player inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Inductees must be at least 40 years old, so this is the first year Daniel Negreanu is eligible. I don’t see how they can select anyone else. Although, I would like to see Huckleberry Seed go in at some point just because I think Huckleberry Seed is such a cool name for a poker player.

Too much news to fit into a lunchtime post, so I will very likely do a second one tonight. Check back.