Cooking Classes at the Kitchen Engine – Today, 5:30 p.m., Thai Cooking Continued, $39; Sunday, 2 p.m., Prime Rib, $50; Monday, 5:30 p.m., The Tofu Transformation, $45. Kitchen Engine, 621 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 328-3335.
Peach Festival – Through Sept. 1. Visit website for a map of growers and “Fresh on the Bluff” updates. Green Bluff. (509) 363-3135.
Special Requests with Chef Geving - Master Chef Steve Geving will take special requests from culinary class regulars. Today, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Blanchard Community Center, 685 Rusho Road, Blanchard, Idaho. $25. (208) 437-0426.
Free Northwest Beer Tasting – Today: Deschutes Brewery. Tastings at 3:30 p.m., Pilgrim’s Market, 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. Free. (208) 676-9730.
Free Wine Tastings - Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m. Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Hayden, Idaho. Free. (208) 762-1333.
Sweet & Savory Dessert Class - With chef Bruce Wing. Have fun with puff pastry and learn how to make a variety of tarts. Today, 5:30 p.m., Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center, 405 N. William St., Post Falls. $50. (208) 457-8950.
Secrets of Sauerkraut - Presented by Anna Kestell, food safety and preservation specialist. Fermentation transforms food without the addition of chemicals, additives or vinegar. One of the most basic fermentations is sauerkraut. Today, 6:30 p.m., Otis Orchards Library, 22324 E. Wellesley Ave., Otis Orchards. Free. (509) 893-8390.
Ale Trail Kickoff - Celebrate the publication of the 2014 Inland Northwest Ale Trail Map with even more local breweries to visit and enjoy. All kickoff events will feature Inland Northwest Craft Beer on tap. Meet brewery reps, taste new beers, win swag, and celebrate local beer. For a full list of locations, visit http://inlandnwaletrail.com. Thursday, 5-8 p.m., Pints Alehouse, 10111 N. Newport Highway, (509) 368-9671; Aug. 28, 6-9 p.m., Capone’s Pub and Grill, 751 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-4843.
Exciting Wines of South Africa - For centuries, South Africa has quenched the thirst of many continents. You will taste two white wines and six reds. Reservations requested. Friday, 7 p.m., Rocket Market, 726 E. 43rd Ave. $20 plus tax. (509) 343-2253.
Gourmet Way Cooking Class - Learn the art of barbecuing with chef Rich Henning. Children are invited to attend with a parent. Featuring recipes such as cheese stuffed burgers, barbecue grill-bread with artisan Italian meats and grilled chocolate and banana sandwiches. Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Gourmet Way, 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene. $45/per parent and child. (208) 762-1333.
No-Li 12: Small Batch Festival - Featuring 12 rare beers on tap, including barrel-aged, experimental and infused beers. Your ticket gets you a wrist band, commemorative tasting glass and twelve four-ounce samples of the festival beers. Purchase tickets at http://noli12.eventbrite.com. Age 21 and older only. Saturday, noon-4 p.m., No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent Ave., Suite 170. $20/advance; $27/door, if available. (509) 242-2739.
Food Preservation Basics - There are many ways to extend the shelf life of your meats and produce. Come learn how to safely preserve your bounty. Saturday, 4 p.m., Shadle Library, 2111 W. Wellesley Ave. Free. (509) 444-5390.
Pig Out in the Park - Aug. 27-Sept. 1. The 35th annual food and music festival with 47 food booths, four adult beverage gardens and 100 free concerts on four stages. Open daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St. Free admission. (509) 921-5579.
KPND Pint Night - 7Horse will be playing live. Beer and wine available for purchase. Aug. 27, 5-7 p.m., Pend d’Oreille Winery, 301 Cedar St., Sandpoint. (208) 265-8545.