You’ve had tamales, but what about hallacas, chuchitos, humitas or bollos? TamalFest DC on April 19 offers the chance to try. (Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post/ )
FRIDAY

ARGENTINE MALBEC TASTING: Wine tasting at Rural Society featuring eight Argentine malbecs paired with small bites from chef Louis Goral.
4-6:30 p.m. Free, registration required. Loews Madison Hotel, 1177 15th St. NW. 202-587-2629. bit.ly/1GPgOQ9.

WINES OF SICILY: Students taste 10 Sicilian wines. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $75. Capital Wine School, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. 301-467-7927. www.capitalwineschool.com.

SATURDAY

GOURMET CUPCAKE CLASS: Participants bake gourmet cupcakes with grown-up twists. Class includes two glasses of champagne. 6-9 p.m. $69. Open Kitchen, 7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. 703-942-8148. openkitchen-dcmetro.com.

GROW IT, EAT IT OPEN HOUSE: Open house to learn about vegetable gardening, fruit trees, growing mushrooms, growing grapes and making wine, tomato grafting, composting and more. Includes seed exchange. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free, with some registration required. Agricultural History Farm Park, 18400 Muncaster Rd., Derwood.
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PU-ERH TEA TASTING: Attendees learn about and taste several types of Chinese pu-erh tea. 10:30 a.m.-noon. $25. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. 703-642-5173. www.greenspring.org.

SLOW FOOD DC SNAIL OF APPROVAL AWARD: Slow Food DC celebrates local chefs, farmers, brewers, distillers, vintners and artisans. Special menu designed by chef Ris Lacoste. Noon-3 p.m. $40-$50. Ris, 2275 L St. NW. 202-730-2500. bit.ly/Snail2015.

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN HIGH TEA: Tea served with finger sandwiches. 2-4 p.m. Freewill offering. SimpsonHamline United Methodist Church, 4501 16th St. NW. 202-882-2122.

SUNDAY

COLD COFFEE TASTING: Participants learn how to prepare iced coffee and compare the difference in flavor between a hot- and cold-brew coffee. 10:30 a.m. $35. Mockingbird Hill, 1843 Seventh St. NW. 202-316-9396. bit.ly/19ZcEYQ.

TAMALFEST DC: A festival bringing together cooks from all parts of the Americas to prepare tamales, hallacas, chuchitos and more. 5-8 p.m. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. St. Stephen’s Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. 202-722-0335. www.holacultura.com.

TUESDAY

EVENING WITH CELTIC CHEFS: Sixth annual event featuring Washington area chefs including Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Michael Abt of Le Diplomate, Sebastien Rondier of Decanter and Tracy O’Grady of Willow Restaurant. All proceeds benefit the Washington Ireland Program. 7-9 p.m. $150. St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th St. NW. 202-772-3824. wiprogram.org/events/celtic-chefs.

PERUVIAN TASTING TABLE: Chef Carlos Delgado prepares a six-course Peruvian tasting menu paired with wine and pisco cocktails. 6:30 p.m. $100, not including tax and gratuity. Ocopa, 1324 H St. NE. 202-396-1814. bit.ly/1acsUWT.

WINE TASTING FOR EARTH DAY: Organic wine class with samples of wine, cheese and charcuterie, featuring Bonterra and Fetzer Californian wines. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. $15. Wegmans, 11620 Monument Dr., Fairfax. 703-653-1600. www.wegmans.com.

RESERVE NOW

APRIL 22

CHARITY OFF THE HOOK: Fifth annual fundraiser benefiting a number of charities. Participating chefs include Matt Baker of City Perch, Erik Bruner-Yang of Toki Underground, Joy Crump of Foode and Scott Drewno of the Source. Includes tastings, oyster bar, charcuterie, beer and wine. 6-10 p.m. $125, including tax and gratuity. Tony and Joe’s, 3000 K St. NW. www.charityoffthehook.com.

WINE DINNER: Special menu prepared by executive chef John Leonard and sommelier Stephen Elhafdi. 6 p.m. $165, not including tax and gratuity. Goodstone Inn and Restaurant, 36205 Snake Hill Rd., Middleburg. 540-687-3333. www.goodstone.com.

APRIL 23

TASTE OF THE CHESAPEAKE: Five-course dinner featuring oysters, crab cakes, rockfish and other Chesapeake Bay specialties, prepared by executive chef Chris Clime and paired with wines chosen by wine and beverage director Scott Clime. 7-10 p.m. $130, including tax and gratuity. PassionFish, 11960 Democracy Dr., Reston. 703-230-3474. www.passionfishreston.com.

APRIL 25

CRAWFISH FOR CANCER: Third annual event benefiting the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Includes unlimited crawfish, corn, potatoes, beer, wine, signature cocktails and live music. Noon-5 p.m. $70-$90. Bardo Brewpub, 1200 Bladensburg Rd. NE. 601-248-0208. www.crawfishforcancer.org.

WINEFEST AT ST. MICHAELS: Sixth annual wine festival with 15 wine-tasting venues. Wine, food and retail specials available throughout St. Michaels. VIP tickets offer a tasting and cruise on the Miles River followed by a tasting at the Old Brick Inn.
April 25 and 26, noon-5 p.m. $50-$200. Various locations in St. Michaels, Md. winefeststmichaels@gmail.com. www.winefestatstmichaels.com.

Kara Elder

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