Spirits, wine, garden potluck, ice cream are on the festival calender




Festivals

Spirit Summer Recess: Food and drinks by Round Corner Cantina, Ki Ramen Pgh, Cold Cuts, Leona’s Ice Cream, Bitter Ends Garden, Reed & Co, Caffe d’Amore and Pizza Boat, plus live music and entertainment and an indoor after-party ($7 cover charge for after-party). Noon to midnight Saturday at Spirit in Lawrenceville. spiritpgh.com (click on “Events”).

Wine, Spirits & Food Truck Fest“alcular”: Pennsylvania wine samples, live music, vendors and food trucks. Choice of two sessions: noon to 3:30 p.m. or 2:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Stage AE, North Shore. $15 in advance; $10 for designated drivers; $20 at the gate; group discounts available. promowestlive.com/events/2389.

Shiloh Farm Open House: Garden potluck, tomato tasting, games, farm tours and more. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Grow Pittsburgh’s Shiloh Farm in North Point Breeze. Free. growpittsburgh.org/event/shiloh-farm-open-house/.

Pressley Ridge Ice Cream Fundae: Samples of Graeter’s ice cream, live entertainment, face-painting and children’s activities. 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Highland Park. $25; $10 for children; free for ages 3 and under; $50 for a family four-pack. pressleyridge.org.

Festa Italiana di Vandergrift: Authentic Italian food, music, vendors, outdoor mass and procession, and bagna cauda (warm Italian dip) and wine competitions (call 724-265-4603 to enter bagna cauda; wine entry date is past). 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday in Kennedy Park, Vandergrift. Free admission. festaitaliana.us.

For charity

Humane Animal Rescue fundraiser: Visit any Pittsburgh-area Chipotle from 10:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and mention the Humane Animal Rescue fundraiser, and 50 percent of your total will go to the animal welfare organization. animalrescue.org/event/eat-rescue/.

Food Rescue Hero Coffee Launch: Tastings of the first cups of 412 Food Rescue coffee from La Prima Espresso. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Nova Place, North Side. Free; $1 per bag sold will benefit 412 Food Rescue. eventbrite.com (search for “Food Rescue Hero Coffee Launch”).

Pre-Breeze Spaghetti Dinner: Spaghetti, salad, rolls and drinks before the Brookline Breeze race, plus raffle baskets. 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Brookline Teen Outreach. $10; $8 for seniors; $5 for ages 6 and under. 412-254-4590 or facebook.com (search for Pre-Breeze Spaghetti Dinner).

Regional Bartender Championship: Eight TGI Fridays bartender finalists from across the Greater Pittsburgh area will flip, shake and pour for four judges to win a regional title, and their creations will be auctioned off to the crowd. 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 16 at TGI Fridays Waterfront, West Homestead. Free admission; auction proceeds benefit Variety — The Children’s Charity of Greater Pittsburgh. facebook.com (search for 2017 Regional Bartender Championship).

Restaurant week

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week Summer 2017: Restaurants offer multicourse special menus for flat fees of $35.17, $28.17 or $20.17. Monday-Aug. 20 at more than 40 participating Pittsburgh-area restaurants. pittsburghrestaurantweek.com.

Rebecca Sodergren: pgfoodevents@hotmail.com; @pgfoodevents.





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