Edible Events: Late Summer, Early Fall Edition

We're mostly done with the swimming pools, but not yet ready for leaf-peeping. Here, where to eat in the interim.

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The Blue Room and Belly patio, which will be home to an Oktoberfest celebration on September 22. Photo courtesy of The Blue Room.

As temperatures drop (we swear, they will!), you’re going to start craving hot meals, cold drinks, good company, and lots of Oktoberfest-friendly pretzels and wursts. Luckily, these local events can provide just that. –by Christina Jedra

Now through October 30: Oktoberfest at Olde Magoun’s
Every Wednesday night through October, Magoun’s offers an authentic lineup of German biers from the likes of Spatan and Weihenstephan. In addition, a special menu for the October occasion features appropriate eats like jagerschnitzel and reuben knockwurst. The saloon is also hosting a 2-day biergarten event on Oct. 5-6, from 12-6 p.m. Oktoberfest will be celebrated Wednesday evenings, Sept. 4 – Oct. 30. 518 Medford Street, Somerville. http://magounssaloon.com/oktoberfest-biergarten-2013/

September 18: Women, Whisky, and Wardrobes at The Hawthorne
Fashion and cocktails unite for one night to support Dress for Success Boston, which provides professional attire and a support network to disadvantaged women. The event will feature  two Scotch-based cocktails, a tasting of Macallan and  Highland Park single malts, and a sneak peek at Sara Campbell’s fall fashion line. $60 per person at the door, $50 in advance. September 18, 6-9 p.m. 500A Commonwealth Ave., Boston. (212) 532 – 1922 http://womenwhiskyandwardrobes-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=2

September 19-20: Festival de la Tomate at T.W. Food
Chef Tim Wiechmann offers an homage to tomatoes in the form of a six-course dinner featuring the peak-of-season fruit blended into a bisque, fried and paired with salad, and, even, folded into dessert. $85 per person, optional $45 wine pairing. September 19-20.377 Walden Street, Cambridge. (617) 864-4745 http://www.twfoodrestaurant.com/menus/tomato2013.pdf

September 21-22: Tools of the Trade: Experimental Studies for the Food Industry, at Boston University
This two-day conference explores the food industry with panelists from the restaurant industry, the beverage industry, and the food-centric academic world. Guests can indulge in a seafood and wine reception, lunch from popular local food trucks, and a New England lobster bake. $250 for the general public, $150 for students. September 21-22. Boston University. (617) 353-9852. https://www.bu.edu/foodandwine/seminars/special-events/

September 22: Oktoberfest Biergarten at The Blue Room + Belly Wine Bar
Saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall, this outdoor grilling experience combines the best of both seasons. Mark the Autumnal Equinox with all-you-can-eat food (think sausages, pretzels, sauerkraut) and plenty of local and imported beer. $35 per person (includes unlimited food and two beers, with additional beer available for purchase), September 22, 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. One Kendall Square, Cambridge. (617) 924 – 9034. Reservations limited. Tickets at http://oktoberfesttbrbelly.eventbrite.com/

September 22: Oktoberfest at The Salty Pig
Gorge yourself with homemade German charcuterie, cheese, and spaetzle for just one night at this pizza and charcuterie specialist. After that, enjoy desserts like apple strudel with buttermilk ice cream on the patio. September 22. 130 Dartmouth Street, Boston. (617) 536-6200. http://www.thesaltypig.com/

September 23 & October 7: Porkapalooza at The Salty Pig
At this pork competition, the guests are the judges. Each chef—on the 23rd , Myers + Chang’s Karen Akunowicz, and on the 7th, Trina’s Starlight Lounge’s Suzi Maitland—is given one pig part to turn into a family-style dish that will go up against one from in-house chefs Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi. The big prize? The title of “Head Dog.” $25 covers dinner and a drink. September 23 and October 7. 130 Dartmouth Street, Boston. (617) 536-6200. https://porkapaloozaboston.eventbrite.com/

October 18-20: Hogtoberfest at American Seasons on Nantucket
American Seasons’ chef-owner Michael LaScola and Farmstead, Inc.’s chef-owner Matt Jennings host this head-to-tail cooking event that features a carving demonstration, a beer tasting, an all-pork dinner, and more. $110 per person. October 18-20. 80 Centre Street, Nantucket. (508) 228 – 7111. http://www.americanseasons.com/hogtoberfest.html

UPDATE: Here, even more events to get you through early fall.

September 22: Late Summer Harvest with Blue Heron Farm Sit back, relax, and learn some new cooking skills from chef Jody Abrams. The multi-course lunch menu features a honey and saffron roasted chicken with root veggies, and guests go home with a packet of recipes. $125 a person. September 22, 11 a.m. Rialto Restaurant and Bar, One Bennett Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. (617) 661-5050. http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/cooking-classes/2013/08/07/fall-2013-cooking-classes/


September 27: Boston Seafood Gala
Join an all-star lineup of chefs and enjoy local seafood on Boston’s historic Fish Pier. Musician Eitan Kenner and a band will perform everything from contemporary jazz to Top 40 hits.  $125 a person. September 27, 6 p.m. Exchange Conference Center on the Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave., Boston http://bostonseafoodfestival.org/gala/

September 28: Annual Boston Seafood Festival
This full day of family-friendly events is a way for Bostonians of all ages to learn about the oldest fishing industry in America — and get a taste of it too. Hosted by the Boston Fisheries Foundation, activities include celebrity chef demonstrations, seminars and panels, seafood from over 20 vendors, a lobster bake, and the New England Aquarium Touch Tank. $10 a person. September 28, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Bank of America Pavillion, 290 Northern Ave., Boston. www.bostonseafoodfestival.org

September 29: Austinland Summer Sendoff and Texas Tribute
End the summer with some southern comfort food and a two step dance lesson. Hosted by local chef Joshua Lewin of Beacon Hill Bistro and Texas-raised Katrina Jazayeri, the evening event  will start with a cocktail hour followed by Texas BBQ and Lone Star Beer. Don’t forget your cowboy boots. $60 a person. September 29, 7-10 p.m. Gallery  263, 263 Pearl Street, Cambridge. (617) 723-7575.  http://austinlandsomerville.eventbrite.com/

October 27: Cooking with Beer at Rialto
Rialto Restaurant and Bar teams up with Brooklyn Brewery to create beer-inclusive recipes and tasty pairings of food and ale . Menu includes steamed clams, polenta and sausage, and beer granita. $125 a person. October 27. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Rialto Restaurant and Bar, One Bennett Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge. (617) 661-5050. http://www.rialto-restaurant.com/cooking-classes/2013/08/07/fall-2013-cooking-classes/