Summer Cooking Class with Chef Aaron McCloud. Learn secrets for creating healthy and delicious summer dishes at Vintage 50 Restaurant and Brew Lounge, July 16, 7:30 p.m. Package includes dinner and one glass of wine or craft brewed beer. Cost: $30 per person. Call 703-777-2169 or visit http://www.Vintage50.com.
Good Taste! Tours (GTT), a culinary arts excursion company will be offering weekend getaways in rural Virginia for cuisine enthusiasts. Participants will become immersed in the regional cuisine of rural Virginia through dining occasions, hands-on cooking classes, chef demonstrations, wine tastings and much more. Must be 21 years old or older. The dates for the first three tours in 2008 are Friday, July 18-July, 20. To book a tour, contact Good Taste! Tours at 540-822-5000 or visit www.goodtastetours.com.
Breaux Vineyards, 36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville, will hold its 3rd Annual Key West Fest Saturday, July 19, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Includes wine tastings, "winearitas" and wine specials for the adults as well a Caribbean cuisine provided by R&R catering and jambalaya from The Jambalaya Man, live music featuring Unity Reggae Band and Key West Band. Crafters will display their wares in an open-market atmosphere and lots of activities and entertainment for the children. Cost: adults $13 and designated drivers and children under 6 $8 in advance; $15 and $10 respectively at the gate. Order online at www.breauxvineyards.com or call 800-492-9961, Ext. 202.
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, 38906 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg, is hosting an Italian wine tasting Sunday, July 20, from 12-5 p.m. Pair Italian wines with traditional Italian fare. Cost: $8 per person. Call 703-777-8161 or visit www.willowcroftwine.com.
Willowcroft Vineyards, 38906 Mt. Gilead Road, Leesburg, is holding a winemaking seminar, Aug 10, 10 a.m.-noon. The two-part class begins with white wine education on July 13, followed by red on Aug. 10. Cost: $60 per person. Reservations required, call 703-777-8161 to register.