Cooking Classes at The Kitchen Engine - Upcoming classes: Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., Fall Soups with Chef Nathan Steinbauer; Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Jamming with Honey with Carol McAdams. Registration is required. For cost and more information, visit www.thekitchenengine.com. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Apple Festival - Weekends through Oct. 28. Visit www.greenbluffgrowers.com for map of growers. Green Bluff.
Inland Northwest Academy After Dark Classes - Upcoming classes: today, 6-8 p.m., Sushi Making at Home with Jim Wolters; Thursday, 6-8 p.m., Serious Soups with Curtis Smith. Registration is required. Spokane Community College, 1810 N. Greene St. $75. (509) 533-3500.
77th Annual Greek Dinner Festival - Thursday-Saturday. Greek pastry, taverna, dancing, deli and cooking demonstrations. Pastry served from 11 a.m. Dinner served 4:30-8 p.m. Dine in or carry out. Lunch served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Souvlaki at the grill nightly from 4:30 p.m., and from noon on Saturday. For more information, visit www.SpokaneGreekFest.org. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1703 N. Washington St. $12 in advance for adults, $15 at the door, $6 for children ages 11 and younger. (509) 328-9310.
Downtown Coeur d’Alene Oktoberfest - Friday and Saturday. German-style food, festive live music, three beer gardens, more than 100 kegs of beer, keg tapping ceremony, designated kids area for all ages. Friday, 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, 1-8 p.m. Downtown Coeur d’Alene. $15, includes keepsake glass mug.
Oktoberfest German Beer Tasting - Sample some of Sara’s top German beer picks for Oktoberfest. Friday, 3:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Mead Making Workshop - Join Reggie Mace from Mace Mead Works, Dayton, Wash., as he demonstrates this ancient technique of fermenting honey and water. DIY mead-making kits will be available for purchase at a discounted price. Registration is required; register at the store or online at sunpeopledrygoods.com/. Friday, 5:30-7 p.m., Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave. $15. (509) 368-9378.
Fall For Our Reds Fall Winemaker’s Dinner - Enjoy the tastes of fall with wines from Washington state and some famed wine estates of Italy. Door prizes include a five-bottle collage of pinot noir from around the globe, and a 1998 bottle of Leonetti cabernet sauvignon. Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St. $45. (509) 327-8000.
Bedtime Stories Spokane 2012: Red Eye - Literary event and evening of food, wine and words. Registration and pre-reception opens at 6:15 p.m., dinner begins at 7:10 p.m. Northwest writers Kim Barnes, Jim Lynch, Shann Ray and Nance Van Winckel, with emcee Jess Walter, will unveil original short works inspired by the event theme, “Red Eye.” For information contact Kari Dasher at (206) 682-1770, ext. 103, or kari@ humanities.org. Individual tickets, at $75 each, are on sale at spokane- bedtimestories.eventbrite.com/. Friday, Red Lion Inn at the Park, Skyline Ballroom, 303 W. North River Drive. (206) 682-1770.
Wine and Cheese at the Market - Presented by Rocket Market. Friday, The Famous Ten and Under Tasting featuring 10 wines, $20 plus tax. Class starts at 7 p.m. Reservations requested. Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. (509) 343-2253.
Red Mountain AVA Alliance Block Party - Spend time with winemakers and vineyard owners. Trolley service will ferry guests from winery to vineyard for activities ranging from exclusive vineyard tours, wine tastings and grape stomping, to music and golf. Saturday, 10 a.m., State Route 224 and Sunset Road, Benton City. $30. (509) 588-6082.
Peek-A-Boo Tea - Fall fundraiser for Inland NW Baby. All proceeds benefit the operations to provide essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, new and gently used clothing, and hygiene items. For more information, visit www.inlandnwbaby.org/. Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Appleway Events Center, 10512 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley. $25. (509) 995-9434.
Salsa Making Event - Scratch restaurant owner and chef Jason Rex will teach salsa-making at the restaurant’s Coeur d’Alene location. Also enjoy wine tasting and appetizers. Each guest will take home a pint of salsa. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (208) 930-4762. Saturday, 3-4:30 p.m., Scratch restaurant, Coeur d’Alene, 501 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene. $25 per person.
Cooking Classes at Jacklin - Oct. 3, Latin Ladies - Colomba Aguilar of Cafe Carambola. 5:30-8 p.m. Beer and wine is included in the cost of the class. Registration required. Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50. (208) 457-8950.
Sandpoint Oktoberfest - Features live music by bands including a polka band and dance, a performance by the Sandpoint Music Conservatory, vendors and artists booths, a Waiter Race and Beer Taste-Off between Laughing Dog, Selkirk Abbey and MickDuff’s. In addition to other events and games, the night culminates with a party and dance at Evans Brothers. Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m., Old Granary, 524 Church St., Sandpoint, Idaho. Free. (208) 263-2161.
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