The Middle Eastern Food Festival is Oct. 11-13 at St. George's Melkite Catholic Church. The festival will feature five dinners, from the $8 "Arabian" vegetarian plate to the popular "Nile" for $15. You also can get meat pies, spinach pies, Arabic salad, kibbee sandwiches, falafel sandwiches, Middle Eastern pastries and more. Downtown delivery will be available for lunch entrees Thursday and Friday. In addition to the food, there will be tours of the church, cultural booths and entertainment. For more information, go to www.saintgeorgeonline.org/indexff.htm.
This weekend is the Ozan Barrel Tasting Weekend, Oct. 11- 13, at Ozan Winery in the Calera area. Three days of wine tasting and special events, with more than 15 wines from three vintages. For more info: www.ozanwine.com/barreltastingweekend.pdf
It's not specifically a food event, but you can sample some Native American dishes this weekend during the Tannehill Trails Indian Festival, Oct. 12-14 at Tannehill Trails on 22975 Eastern Valley Road in McCalla. Try Indian frybread, Indian "tacos," buffalo burgers, elk and venison dishes, plus Southern specialties such as barbecue, turkey legs and frozen sweet tea. Enjoy Native American music and dancing, and demonstrations of blacksmithing, basket weaving, beadworking, and archery. Children's events such as face painting and pony rides. For more info: www.native-web.net/tannehill.htm
If you yearn for barbecue from the now-defunct Ollie's, you can get a fix this Saturday, Oct. 13, as Ollie McClung Jr. takes to the barbecue grill from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. during the New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church's "Hope Fest" event. Barbecue plates may be purchased and eaten on the premises, and there will be ribs, chicken and pork by the plate or by the pound. There will also be a giant yard sale. The church is on Cahaba Valley Road between U.S. 280 and I-65.
Village Wine Market in English Village is hosting a free Bruno Paillard Champagne Tasting with Alice Paillard Tuesday, Oct. 16, from 4:30 until 6 p.m. "Bruno Paillard’s NV Brut is our best selling Champagne and his daughter, Alice, will be in the store for this not-to-be-missed tasting." Call 879-5240 for more info.
Thursday, Oct. 18, there's a food and wine tasting sponsored by Western Supermarkets to benefit The Emmet O'Neal Library. This is the fourth annual such fundraiser, featuring more than 600 wines and Alabama foods. It will be held at Rosewood Hall at SOHO in Homewood (18th Street @ 29th Avenue) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 879-0229 for info.
Big Mountain Coffee Company in Old Towne Helena will be hosting a night of Celtic Music and Dance on Friday, Oct. 19. Local dancers will perform and offer free lessons. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. with live music throughout the evening until 9 p.m. Big Mountain Coffee offers a full line of coffees and teas as well as sandwiches, salads and desserts. Call 685-8782 for info.
Pleasure is All Wine in Pelham is holding an Octoberfest event Friday, Oct. 19, offering German food fare and German/Austrian wines and beers – food by Chef Sean and Neil. Cost: $35 Time: 6 p.m. – Call 985-4760 to make your reservations. Advance payment, non-refundable up to 48 hours prior, is required due to the popularity of this event.
Learn more about Hispanic food and culture at the 5th Annual Fiesta, Birmingham's premiere celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, in Linn Park on Saturday, Oct. 20 from noon until 8 p.m. Fiesta’s mission is to educate the public about the many different Hispanic countries and cultures through the best of Hispanic art, music, food, and dance. The Multicultural Food Village will enable patrons to purchase cuisine from different vendors to satisfy tastes ranging from authentic Hispanic food to hamburgers and hot dogs. For more info: www.fiestahbc.com/home.html
The next Birmingham Weekly Local Dish tasting event at Whole Foods Market will be Monday, Oct. 22. A panel of Vestavia Hills chefs will rate sausages, mustards and sides sold at Whole Foods. A $10 per guest donation will benefit the Vestavia Hills Public Library. The event will take place at 6 p.m.
Cooking and Sipping with Franklin: Chef Franklin Biggs brings his 30-plus eyars of cooking experience to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Thursday, Oct. 25, at 9 p.m, to teach a class on fall harvest dishes. $27 for garden members, $54 for non-members; class limited to 30. Call 414-3950 or go to www.bbgardens.org.
Hand-in-Paw's Wine Diva event is Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Rosewood Hall in Homewood Town Center in SoHo. This ladies-only event features a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, plus a chance to be crowned Birmingham’s Fall Wine Diva and the opportunity to peruse fine jewelry and designer goods. Tickets are $50. Call 322-5144, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchase online at www.handinpaw.org. This event benefits Hand-in-Paw, a local nonprofit that provides professionally trained therapy handler and animal teams to help people heal.
The Birmingham Chinese Garden and Asian Cultural Center Foundation will hold its "Taste of Asia" Fall Festival and fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10:30 a.m. until 4:00 pm at the Cedars Club (301 Green Springs Avenue South), two blocks east of I-65. Not only will there be many varieties of cuisine from various Asian countries available to purchase, but there will also be a silent auction of Asian art and other fine items, Asian performers presenting traditional dances from various cultures, and tours to the proposed Chinese garden site (which is nearby) after a presentation and viewing of a model to be built to the Suzhou design.
The Levite Jewish Community Center presents the 5th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sunday, Nov. 4. Enjoy Brisket & Kugel Plate, Corned Beef Sandwich Plate, Pastrami Sandwich Plate, Falafel Pita Pocket, Matza Ball Soup, Chopped Liver, Potato Knishes, Hummus & Pita, Strudel and more.
Wine & Cheese with Vulcan will be Thurs., Nov. 29, 5:30-7:30, a fundraiser for Vulcan Park & Museum.