This Week’s Food Events: Snallygaster Beer Fest, Lamb Roast, Gin Class

Plus: try your hand at fat-washing cocktails.

By: Anna Spiegel

Restaurant week alert: Shirlington Village launches its Restaurant Week on Monday, and it’s more wallet-friendly than its area equivalents, with two-course lunches and three-course dinners for $12 and $25, respectively. Browse the menus for eateries such as Cheesetique online.

Street festival: Taste of DC takes over a stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue from noon to 7 on Monday. Head over for lunch or dinner from 50-plus restaurants and food trucks, and a Stella Artois-sponsored beer garden. The $10 admission includes a complimentary brew, wine, soda, or water.

Gin tasting: Learn more about a local-ish gin at Wisdom on Tuesday at 7:30 PM with master distiller Robert Cassell from Philadelphia-based Bluecoat Gin. The $10 tickets for the session include a Bluecoat cocktail of your choice.

Get soulful: Cafe Saint-Ex launches midweek soul food specials to correspond with its basement club, Gate 54, spinning soul tunes. The series, called Pass the Peas, launches Wednesday at 6 PM, and continues the second Wednesday of every month with music and dishes like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, cornbread, and more.

Cute alert: Wines for Canines and Felines a tasting and dinner to benefit the Montgomery County Humane Society, returns to Maggiano’s on Thursday from 6:30 to 9 PM. A silent auction includes culinary buys such as a Napa Valley wine tour and dinner at local restaurants. Tickets are $75 per person through cosponsor Paul’s Wines and Spirits.

Beer jamboree: Snallygaster, a massive beer festival from the Neighborhood Restaurant Group folks (Birch & Barley, Rustico, etc.), hits Yards Park on Saturday from 1 to 5. More than 100 different brews from beer director Greg Engert are on hand, including Oktoberfest lagers and German-style ales, plus live music, food, and kids’ activities. Tickets start at $25.

Fatwash away: Learn how to mix pork fat and bourbon the tasty way with a “fat-washing” cocktail class at Ripple on Saturday from 3:30 to 5. Barman Josh Berner will take you through bacon-washed mezcal and olive-oil-washed vodka. Reserve a seat by calling 202-244-7995 (admission is $45, all-inclusive).

Free lobster buffet: Well, there aren’t actually crustaceans involved, but you’ll be too busy swing-dancing to live tunes from the Free Lobster Buffet band to notice. Mixtress Gina Chersevani teams up with the American Legion on Capitol Hill on Saturday for an 1940s-style Boogie Woogie Dance Party benefiting the USO ($35 per person). The tickets include an open bar and wines picked by former Proof sommelier Sebastian Zutant.

Lamb roast: We’re fans of Poste’s brunch (check out our latest issue to see why), and the spot is taking it up a notch this Sunday with a whole lamb roast in addition to more classic brunch dishes and the BYO Bloody Mary Bar. Radio hosts Nycci and David Nellis will be live-taping a broadcast of Foodie & the Beast, in addition to other culinary-minded guests such as chef Patricia Jinich and Craig Roberts from Virginia’s Border Springs Farm. Call 202-783-6060 to reserve a space ($35 per person).

Wine class: Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon at Maple from 3 to 5, where Roanoke Valley Wine Company’s Robert McFarlane leads a course on Oregon wines. The $40 session includes a taste of five wines and antipasti. Call 202-588-7442 to reserve a space or e-mail maple@dc-maple.com.