Food Column: Sample a world of flavors at crawfish party and Oktoberfests

World flavors

Swedish Crawfish Party: Crawfish buffet with other Swedish favorites, such as meatballs, cucumber salad, cheeses, desserts and more. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at IKEA in Robinson. $18.99; $4.99 for ages 12 and under.

Oktoberfest: German cuisine including bratwurst, kielbasa, roast pork, hot potato salad, Bavarian pretzels, pierogies and more, plus beer on draft and oompah bands, at Penn Brewery. 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday (Sept 15-17) and Sept. 22-23, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 24.

Oktoberfest: A celebration of German beers, including some that are being offered for the first time in Western Pennsylvania. Varieties include 1809 Berliner, a tough-to-find Berliner weisse; Einbecker Mai-Ur-Bock, a traditional Maibock brewed in the original home of bock beer; and Schlenkerla Marzen, a smoked marzen from Bamburg. The kitchen will cook modern takes on traditional German foods, including pork schnitzel, sauerbraten and currywurst. Tuesday through Sept. 30, at Independent Brewing Co. in Squirrel Hill.

We’re All Neighbors: A Multicultural Potluck Dinner: Bring a covered dish representing your culture. 6:30 p.m. Monday at Whitehall Public Library. 412-882-6622.


Mother Earth News Fair: More than 150 workshops, demos and lectures on modern homesteading, organic gardening, animal husbandry, green energy, real food and more, plus vendors. Noon to 6 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion. Advance passes are $40 for the weekend, $15 for single-day admission and free for ages 17 and under.

Grove City Area Foodie Fest: Food from local restaurants and vendors, plus live music. 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Grove City Memorial Park. $10; $5 for ages 3 to 12; free for ages 2 and under. Admission includes food samples. 724-458-6410.

Tropical Forest Congo Festival: Family-friendly activities, entertainment and food inspired by the Congo rainforest region. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Oakland. Free with conservatory admission.

Beaver Wine Festival: Stroll Downtown Beaver while tasting wines, shopping and eating. 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday along Third Street in Beaver. $25.

Bites & Brews: Food, brews and live music. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday in the Carrick Dairy District. Free admission. (search for “Bites & Brews”).

Fall Food Truck Fest: Games, family movie, and local food trucks. 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Grace in Scott. (search for “Food truck Fest!”).

For charity

Lidia’s hurricane relief: Throughout September, sales of pappardelle with beef gauzetto, a lunch ($18) and dinner ($22) entree, will benefit Hurricane Harvey relief. All proceeds from the sale of the dish at Lidia’s Pittsburgh in the Strip District will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Whitfield hurricane relief: The Whitfield at Ace Hotel in East Liberty is donating $1 to Hurricane Harvey relief from each sale of a signature margarita throughout the month. It will benefit the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Taste!: Kevin McClatchy cohosts an evening of wines, hors d’oeuvres and silent auctions. 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Reed Smith, Downtown. $125; benefits Extra Mile Foundation’s programs supporting needy Catholic schools and students.

Motown Spaghetti Fundraiser: Spaghetti dinner, Motown music and raffles. 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Baptist Church, Lawrenceville. $10; free for children under age 6. 412-621-2155.

The Big Share: Benefit Dinner and Concert: Local and seasonal dinner, plus live music, farm tours and a bonfire. 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Blackberry Meadows Farm in Fawn. $50; benefits Community Human Services.

Fresh-a-Fare Dinner: Farm-to-fork dinner with silent auction. 5 p.m. Sunday at Westmoreland Country Club in Export. $150; benefits Community Liver Alliance.

Rebecca Sodergren:; @pgfoodevents.


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