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Friday, October 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Crave NW is coming to Spokane Valley

It’s official. The new four-day food-and-drink festival will take place June 15 to 18 at CenterPlace Regional Event Center at Mirabeau Point Park.

Crave NW is presented by the city of Spokane Valley and organized by chef Adam Hegsted in conjunction with Vision Marketing.

The inaugural event will feature a Grand Tasting Tent, Global Street Foods Carnivale, Seafood Bash, Fire & Smoke Fare, and Father’s Day Brunch. Wine, craft beer and specialty cocktail tastings will also be available at the event, which aims to celebrate Pacific Northwest ingredients and food producers.

The list of participating chefs, vendors, exhibitors and sponsors will be announced in April.

For more information about the fest, visit, or call (509) 621-0125.

Cheers for Kids

Tickets are on sale now for a new fundraising beer dinner to support the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery.

The four-course dinner will feature beer from Big Barn Brewing in Green Bluff and dishes created by Dane Rice of Charlie’s Produce and Durkin’s chef Shaun Chambers. Guests also receive a commemorative pint glass.

The Cheers for Kids dinner is from 6 to 9 p.m. April 28 at the Washington Cracker Co. building, 304 W. Pacific Ave. Dress is casual; no black ties, please. No auction, either.

Guests must be 21 or older. Tickets are $75 per person. Premium tickets – which get guests a growler, voucher for a growler fill and entry into a drawing – are $100 each.

Tickets can be purchased online at

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, founded in 1987, is a nonprofit with the mission of providing 24-hour emergency care for children up to 6 years old.

Tea time

The Women and Children’s Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen is hosting its 11th annual Spring Tea on Saturday.

More than 400 people are expected to attend the formal event, which features a four-course luncheon with tea service, silent auction and raffle.

The tea takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Davenport Grand, 333 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.

Tickets are on sale at Or, call (509) 324-1995, ext. 303.

The Women and Children’s Free Restaurant produces about 1,000 meals a week for women and children in need. It’s at 1408 N. Washington St. On the web:

Lentil fest wins awards

Last year’s 28th annual National Lentil Festival won six awards at the 2017 Washington Festivals and Events Association conference.

The festival took gold award for best programming, T-shirt design and public relations or media campaign.

Other awards were a silver in best promotional item for lentil chili recipe bookmark and two bronze awards for best printed material and multimedia.

The awards were given in Olympia on March 14.

About 18 percent of U.S. lentils are grown in the Palouse region. Since 1989, the National Lentil Festival has celebrated the little legume. On the web:

For more information about the awards, visit

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