CIGAR DINNER: Fundraiser for Annapolis Rotaract Children of the Philippines campaign. 6 p.m. $100. Overlook Pavilion, Port Annapolis, 7074 Bembe Beach Rd., Annapolis. www.annapolisrotaract.org.
FALL FOR THE BOOK: Cookbook authors and food writers, including Washington Post Food editor Joe Yonan, author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook,” participate in a panel, cooking demonstrations, tastings and book sales and signings. 6-9 p.m. Free. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. www.fallforthebook.org.
HOPS AND BEER: The session explains the different types of hops, how to grow them and how they affect the flavor and preservation of beer. Includes tasting and light refreshments. 7-9 p.m. $30. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. www.greenspring.org.
OUTDOOR DINNER: Three-course, family-style meal in Strawberry Park prepared by chef R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24 and Gypsy Soul, opening this winter in the Mosaic District. 7 p.m. $150; $200 for chef's table. Mosaic District, 2910 District Ave., Fairfax. www.mosaicdistrict.com.
PAELLA CLASS AND DINNER: Attendees learn to make paella. Includes tapas dinner and drinks. 6-9 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. La Tasca, 722 Seventh St. NW. 202-347-9190. www.latascausa.com.
CHEF’S TABLE DINNER: Four-course menu with optional wine pairings. 6:30 p.m. $60 without wine, not including tax and gratuity; $75 with wine. Wildfire, Tysons Galleria, Third Floor, 1714 International Dr., McLean. 703-442-9110. www.wildfirerestaurant.com/mclean.
BOOK SIGNING: Former White House chef John Moeller signs copies of his new book, “Dining at the White House — From the President’s Table to Yours.” 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Decatur House, 1610 H St. NW. diningatthewhitehouse.com.
COOKING DEMONSTRATION: Gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi share ideas on cooking with eggplant. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.
DAS BEST OKTOBERFEST: All-you-can-drink beer, German food, contests and music. 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m. $59 Friday; $39-$59 Saturday; $85 two-day pass; $25 designated drivers; children 12 and younger free. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. www.dasbestoktoberfest.com.
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION DINNER: Benefit for the James Beard Foundation with a menu created by Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston and R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24. Also featuring Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck, Mike Isabella of Graffiato and Kapnos, Haidar Karoum of Proof, Enzo Fargione of Osteria Elisir, Vikram Sunderam of Rasika, Todd Gray of Equinox, Tony Conte of the Oval Room and pastry chef Alison Reed of Ripple. 6:30 p.m. $500. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.jbftasteamerica.org.
MOLECULAR CUISINE EXPERIENCE: Demonstrations of sweet and savory dishes by head pastry chef Vincent Bitauld. Includes wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $93, including tax and gratuity. Ici Urban Bistro, 806 15th St. NW. 202-730-8442. www.iciurbanbistro.com.
WINE RIOT: Samples of more than 250 wines, tips on wine tasting, music and more. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and 7-11 p.m. $60. The Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW. 800-430-1553. secondglass.com/wineriot/
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The market celebrates its 40th anniversary with music, food, entertainment and an heirloom apple tasting. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Adams Morgan Farmers Market, Columbia Road and 18th Street NW. 301-587-1739. www.lickingcreekbendfarm.com.
BOOK SIGNING: Krista Gallagher signs copies of her new cookbook, “A Taste of Virginia Tech,” written with Kris Schoels. 2-4 p.m. Free. Salt & Pepper Books, 171 American Way, Fort Washington. 301-839-1849. www.saltandpepperbooks.
CURBSIDE COOKOFF FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: Twenty area food trucks, music, a beer garden and more. Event benefits Mid-County United Ministries. Noon-8 p.m. Food available for purchase; $20 for 10 craft beer tastings. Wheaton Triangle, Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive, Wheaton. www.dmvcurbsidecookoff.
D.C. VEGFEST: Vegan food, speakers, children’s activities and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. dcvegfest.com.
FALL BEER FESTIVAL: Samples of 15 beers, including Oktoberfest and pumpkin brews. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Oakton Wine Shop, 2952A Chain Bridge Rd., Oakton. 703-255-5425. www.oaktonwineshop.com.
ITALIAN FESTIVAL: Italian food, music, dance, grape stomping, wine tasting, vineyard tours and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $25; $10 children and designated drivers. Doukenie Winery, 14727 Mountain Rd., Purcellville. 540-668-6464. www.doukeniewinery.com.
JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION TASTE OF AMERICA: Cooking demonstrations by Scott Drewno of the Source by Wolfgang Puck and Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk in Charleston, as well as tastings and cookbook signings. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Sur La Table, 326 King St., Alexandria. www.jbftasteamerica.org.
RAPPAHANNOCK FARM TOUR AND FESTIVAL: Through Sunday, venues with open houses in Rappahannock County include farms, wineries, shops and orchards. An Artisans’ Market at Avon Hall operates Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. www.rappahannock
TASTE OF FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS: Food from area restaurants, live music and children’s activities. Noon-5 p.m. $5 for four food and drink tickets. (Most items cost three to four tickets.) Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 S. Park Ave., Chevy Chase. www.tasteoffriendshipheights.com.
CRAB FEAST: Family-style meal with Dogfish Head beer, blue crabs, smoked pig and chicken, sides and desserts. Noon-2 p.m and 3-5 p.m. $55, including gratuity but not tax. Addie’s Restaurant, 11120 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 301-881-0081. www.addiesrestaurant.com.
FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: An array of seasonal dishes and drinks. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity; free for children 10 and under. 2941, 2941 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church. 703-270-1500. www.2941.com.
FUNDRAISER BRUNCH: Benefit at a private Kent Island home for the Olney Farmers and Artists Market features food prepared by Bartlett Pear Inn executive chef Jordan Lloyd. 1-4 p.m. $60, including tax and gratuity. www.olneyfarmersmarket.org.
PAELLA CLASS AND DINNER: Attendees learn to make paella. Includes tapas dinner and drinks. 2-5 p.m. $65, including tax and gratuity. La Tasca, 2900 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-812-9120. www.latascausa.com.
WINE TASTING: Walk-around food and wine tasting with Perrin Family wines. 2-5 p.m. $49. Bistro Vivant, 1394 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 703-356-6500. www.chainbridgecellars.com.
CHEFS GO FRESH: A traditional Belgian breakfast at the restaurant followed by a motorcycle tour of the Annapolis area and lunch at Cantler’s Riverside Inn. 9 a.m. $75 (transportation not included). Brasserie Beck, 1101 K St. NW. www.georgetowner.com.
COOKING CLASS: Chef Don Shults teaches how to make pizza at home. 7:30 p.m. $48. Society Fair, 277 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-683-3247. societyfair.net.
COOKING CLASS: Session focuses on knife skills and vegetarian cooking. 7 p.m. $60. RoundzGourmet Market & Catering, 2299 Johns Hopkins Rd., Gambrills. 443-292-4631. www.roundz.com.
ZAYTINYA ROAD TRIPS 2013: ThinkFoodGroup’s wine director Lucas Payá and Zaytinya’s beverage manager Daniella Senior feature highlights of their wine experiences from their recent travels through Greece. Includes family-style dinner. 7:15 p.m. $65, not including tax and gratuity. Zaytinya, 701 Ninth St. NW. 202-638-0800. www.zaytinya.com.
ARMENIAN FOOD FESTIVAL: Featuring traditional Armenian fare. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4125 Fessenden St. NW. 202-363-1923. 202-363-1923. www.stmaryaac.org. www.stmaryaac.org.
FERMENTATION CLASS: Class explains what fermented foods are, possible health benefits and how to make them. Register by Sept. 28. BodySpace/Face Place, 6935 Oakland Mills Rd., Suite P, Columbia. 11 a.m. $50. 301-602-6560. www.simplisticwholistic.com.
— Becky Krystal
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