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Foodie happenings all year long

Saturday, April 13

Taste 208

Powerhouse Events Center, Boise

It's all about the drink at this event celebrating Northwest and Idaho-made wine, beer and spirits accompanied by regional food. The grand tasting event packs in hundreds to take advantage of tastes from dozens of purveyors. Tickets cost $35 or $10 for designated drivers.

Thursday, May 16

Culinary Walkabout

Boise Centre, Boise

Each year the Elks Rehab Hospital's Meals on Wheels program gathers several dozen of the area's best chefs to pamper ticket-holders with a full night of food, wine, music and a silent auction. Participants wander among the chefs, sampling creations as they go. The event raises money for the Meals on Wheels program, which makes sure that house-bound seniors in Ada County get hot meals. Tickets cost $60.

Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18

Russian Food Festival

St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Boise

Each spring, the community comes together for two days of celebration with not only food, but traditional Russian folk tales, crafts and tours of the St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church.

Friday, June 7- Saturday, June 8

Greek Food Festival

Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Boise

No party is bigger for the Treasure Valley Greek community than the two-day Greek Food Festival. The grounds of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church are filled with the enticing scents of classic Greek dishes. And as with any good party, there's always a wine and beer garden, music and dancing. Opa!

Sunday, June 9

Savor Idaho

Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

Each June, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission gets wineries from across the state together for an afternoon in Idaho Botanical Garden, wine glass in hand, sampling the fruits of the labor of Idaho wine makers. And since nothing goes better with wine than a little food, some of the best chefs from around the area are on hand with an array of offerings. Tickets cost $45.

Thursday, June 20- Friday, June 21

Deli Days

Ahavath Beth Israel Congregation, Boise

Deli Days is the ultimate kosher celebration in the Treasure Valley, and it's sometimes the only two days when you can find homemade pastrami, corned beef on rye and kosher hot dogs. The event is a fundraiser for the congregation, housed in the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi River. But Deli Days is about more than food. The festival also features music from local musicians, as well as community spirit. But, yeah, it's mainly about the food.

Wednesday, June 12- Saturday, June 15

Emmett Cherry Festival


It's an old-fashioned community celebration of the fruit that makes Emmett a choice place to visit come June. Check out carnival rides, music, entertainment, vendors and, yes, cherries.

Tuesdays, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24

The Garden Table

Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

IBG has combined two of its previous events--Uncorked in the Garden and The Garden Plate--to create monthly celebrations of wine and food in the garden. Idaho wine makers are on hand with tastings, followed by cooking demonstrations using produce from IBG's own vegetable garden. The event runs from 5:30-8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Free with IBG admission.

Saturday, July 6

Bars and Stripes

Boise Weekly, Boise

To celebrate both Boise Weekly's annual Coldest Beer issue and the Independence Day weekend, grab your bike and get ready to sweat. This alley cat bike race leads competitors to a dozen Boise bars in a quest for first place as they make their way across town on a scavenger hunt that leads to an end-of-race party.

Saturday, July 13

Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed


After a year of separation, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed and Eagle Fun Days are back together. After the Wet and Wild parade, golf tournament and assorted community fun, what better way to celebrate than by chowing down on fried bulls' testicles? You can get your fill of the delicacy while supporting the Eagle Fire Department.

Thursday, Sept. 12

A Chefs' Affaire

Boise Centre, Boise

Enjoy an evening of fine dining created by some of the area's top chefs while bidding for the chance to have one of the chefs create a custom meal at your own home. Live and silent auctions also include weekend adventures. Money raised from the event supports the Idaho Foodbank.

Friday, Sept. 20- Sunday Sept. 22

Sun Valley Harvest Festival

Sun Valley

The annual event includes wine tastings, a restaurant walk, chef demos and everything from a river guide cooking contest to a martini and caviar party. Of course, it's the Grand Tasting that caps off three days of foodie-centric happenings. Best yet, nearly every offering shows off the very best in local and regional cuisine.

Saturday, Oct. 5- Sunday, Oct. 6

Fall Harvest Festival

Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise

Celebrate the harvest with the annual Scarecrow Stroll, live music, hay rides, family activities and a farmers market boasting local fare. Indulge in seasonal food, beer, wine and fresh cider.

Friday, Nov. 29

Empty Bowls

Grove Plaza, Boise

Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, lines stretch nearly a block at times as people queue up for gourmet soup made by some of the city's favorite restaurants. But more than just a warm meal, everyone takes home a handcrafted bowl donated by local potters and pottery shops. The bowls are the cherry-on-top of the knowledge that all proceeds are used to help the Idaho Foodbank.