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Washington Post food calendar for Sept. 8-Sept. 24


REAL ALE FESTIVAL: Unlimited samples of cask-conditioned ales from more than 20 craft breweries, food buffet and live music. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Cool Kids Campaign. Noon-4 p.m. $55. DuClaw Brewing Co., 16-A Bel Air South Pkwy., Bel Air. 410-515-3222.


GREAT GRAPES: More than 200 Virginia wines, music and children’s activities. Noon-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. $37 for both days in advance; $25 each day or $20 in advance; designated driver $20 or $15 in advance; children 12 and younger free. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St., Reston.


MASON DIXON MASTER CHEF TOURNAMENT: The competition finale pits Patrick Crooks of Roy’s Restaurant in Baltimore against Christopher Lewis of Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia. A portion of the proceeds goes to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. 6 p.m. $40; $35 in advance. Blob’s Park, 8024 Max Blob’s Park Rd., Jessup.


SEPT. 13

FOOD OF ABRUZZO: Domenica Marchetti, author of “The Glorious Pasta of Italy,” talks about Abruzzo regional cuisine at a four-course luncheon. Sponsored by Les Dames d’Escoffier. 11:45 a.m. $46, including tax and gratuity. Assaggi Osteria, 6641 Old Dominion Dr., McLean. 202-973-2168.

SEPT. 15

FARM FEAST DINNER: Featuring local food, wine, music, farm tours and demonstrations by chefs and livestock managers. 3-7:30 p.m. $165, including tax and gratuity, or $150 without alcohol; $82.50 for children under 12. Ayrshire Farm, 21846 Trappe Road, Upperville. 540-592-7018.

SEPT. 17

CHEESE CLASS: Focusing on northern Italy, with six cheeses and three wines. 7 p.m. The session repeats Sept. 24. $49. Seasonal Pantry, 13141 / 2 Ninth St. NW. Another session will be held Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. at Righteous Cheese in Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. 202-681-4809.

SEPT. 22

PARK HYATT MASTERS OF FOOD & WINE: Five-course fall mushroom dinner paired with Robert Mondavi wines. 7 p.m. $155, including tax and gratuity. Blue Duck Tavern, 1201 24th St. NW (in the Park Hyatt). 202-419-6768.

SEPT. 24

WINE DINNER: Five-course meal featuring Cass Winery. 6:30 p.m. $100, not including tax and gratuity. Bazin’s on Church, 111 Church St. NW, Vienna. 703-255-7212.

Becky Krystal

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Becky Krystal covers food for the Going Out Guide and Weekend and Food sections. In her spare time she loves to, of course, eat and cook.



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