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Food & Drink, Oct. 15-21

<lst>Send announcements or events, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call 703-917-6454.

Tarara Winery, 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, and Loudoun Valley Sheep Producers offer Shear Bliss, Oct. 18-19, at the winery. Includes local food, including lamb sausage sandwiches, Tarara wines, crafts, wool crafting demonstrations and live music. Times: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. wine tasting and live music; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. wool shearing demonstration. There are fees for wine tasting and food. Visit www.tarara.com or call 703-771-7100.

Wine country bus tours at Swedenburg Estate Vineyard and Winery at LaGrange, Saturday, Oct. 18, pick-up and drop-off times vary, visit Web site for details. The Washington Wine Academy and Reston Limousine offer winery tours. Cost: $35 per person, $50 per person with lunch. Call 703-478-0500, Ext. 1 or visit www.washingtonwineacademy.org/wine-tours.htm#Tour1.

Wine country bus tours at Chrysalis Vineyards and Piedmont Vineyards, Sunday, Oct. 19, pick-up and drop-off times vary, visit Web site for details. The Washington Wine Academy and Reston Limousine offer winery tours. Cost: $35 per person, $50 per person with lunch. Call 703-478-0500, Ext. 1 or visit www.washingtonwineacademy.org/wine-tours.htm#Tour1.

"Wild Thing" mushroom and wine dinner, Wednesday, Oct. 22, Tuscarora Mill Restaurant, 203 Harrison St., Leesburg, 7 p.m. Consists of five-course meal focused on assorted mushrooms and paired with wines. Cost: $85 per person. Call 703-771-9300 or visit www.tuskies.com.