Fresh Sheet: Pig Out, Wellness Bar, Kitchen Engine

Spokane’s 35th annual outdoor food festival starts today.

The event features dozens of food booths, three adult beverage gardens and live music on three stages, with Los Lobos headlining Friday night.

From 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. daily, vendors will offer $3 samples. Regular prices apply the rest of the time, but admission is free and food items – from bacon-wrapped corn dogs, baklava and elk burgers to spring rolls and deep-fried caramel apples – cost no more than $9.95.

The event runs through Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park.

On the Web: www.spokanepigout.com.

Juiced up

There’s a new juice bar in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

The Wellness Bar makes fresh juice and smoothies with ingredients such as cucumber, avocado, beets, ginger, kale, spinach and mint. It offers eight juice combinations and five smoothie flavors as well as organic, kosher espresso and fruit- and herb-infused waters.

The shop opened in July at 312 Fourth St. Co-owners are Monica and Tait Engebretsen. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

On the Web: niwellnessbar.com.

Anniversary sale

Mark your calendars.

The Kitchen Engine celebrates its eighth anniversary Sept. 10-12 with door prizes, deals and cooking demonstrations.

The event also features 15 to 70 percent off sale items as well as food samples from local chefs and culinary enthusiasts – like me.

I plan to be there from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 11 and 12.

The store is at 621 W. Mallon Ave., Suite 416. For more information, visit www.thekitchenengine.com/joom/ or call (509) 328-3335.

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