Happy December, foodies! This month's calendar is full of holiday-themed food and drink to-dos and I rounded up a few of them for you (hint: there's a few chances to decorate cookies for Santa). Read on for six foodie things to do in December around the Quad-Cities and get in the festive spirit via festive eats.
1. Vanilla Porter tapping
Great River Brewery is tapping one of its exclusive brews this weekend. Head out to the brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport, for a sample of the Vanilla Porter, described as a full-bodied porter with hints of coffee, cocoa and caramel. Food will be available, courtesy of The Cushman Collective, a Davenport-based vendor. Also, the tapping party will feature a cookie contest. Bake and bring your favorite cookies and the winner receive a free growler of Vanilla Porter. The event starts at 1 p.m. Saturday.
2. Holiday cookie decorating class
If you've walked in Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie recently, then you've seen an array of cookies decorated to look like snow globes, Santa's full belly, festive sweaters or an overflowing mug of hot cocoa. This week, you can learn how to decorate cookies just like that. The bakery in downtown Davenport is hosting a holiday cookie decorating class starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 at 14 N. Main St., Davenport, featuring step-by-step instructions from bakery owner Tiphanie Cannon. Tickets for the two-hour course cost $50 and are available at Eventbrite.com. For more info and to register, visit ohsosweetbytiphanie.com.
3. Yoga, beer, pajamas
Tippi Yogis, a yoga practice that travels to area pubs, is holding its second annual holiday pajama party later this month. So, don your coziest pajamas and get ready for yoga with beer or wine nearby. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 at Front Street Taproom, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Cost is $10.
4. Breakfast with Santa
Ever wanted to dine with Santa Claus? The Hy-Vee stores at 4064 E 53rd St, Davenport, and 2200 W Kimberly Rd. Davenport, are hosting breakfast with Santa events from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Children eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. The buffet includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit and more. Plus, you get to hang out with Santa and take photos with him while you're at it.
5. Cookie decorating with Santa
Santa is staying in the neighborhood for activities from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the North Family Branch YMCA, 624 W 53rd St., Davenport. Festivities include cookie decorating, cocoa drinking and board games. Plus, a holiday movie will play at 3 p.m. Cost is $15 per family (for members) and $35 for family (non-members). Registrations accepted online or at the YMCA welcome center.
6. Gingerbread decorating
Another holiday foodie tradition? Decorating (and eating) a gingerbread house. Area Hy-Vee stores are hosting gingerbread house decorating parties for kids ages 5-11. Along with building your perfect gingerbread home, there will be festive music playing and snacks available. Join the party at 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Hy-Vee at 2351 W. Locust St., Davenport. Registration is required. The cost is $12 per child. Online registration is available at hy-vee.com/store.