The Week in Food Events: Oyamel’s Day of the Dead Festival, Champagne Day at Proof, and More Oktoberfest

Plus a high-profile cookbook talk with the “Ottolenghi” authors.

By: Anna Spiegel

Let’s talk cookbooks: Chef/authors Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi of London’s Ottolenghi discuss their recently released work at Sixth & I on Monday at 7. Their previous books include Plenty and Jerusalem. Tickets start at $20, or $40 for admission and a copy of Ottolenghi: The Cookbook.

Day of the Dead: Oyamel launches its annual Day of the Dead festival on Monday, running through November 2. You’ll find a range of special drinks, plus dishes such as stuffed crab shells topped with sea urchin butter and atole rico.

Taste of Dupont: Snack your way around Dupont Circle on Monday, when participating restaurants offer “special creations” (off-menu snacks and drinks) for Taste of Dupont ticket holders. Passes ($5 each) are available online and at the Dupont Circle Resource Center.

Happy birthday, Belga: Belga Cafe celebrates its ninth anniversary with a weeklong lineup of events. Festivities include a beer glass giveaway on Monday, all-day happy hour drinks on Wednesday, and a six-course pairing dinner Thursday.

Wine dinner: BlackSalt partners with Oregon’s Argyle Winery for a five-course dinner on Tuesday at 7. The menu is paired with a number of varietals, and costs $135 per person. Call the restaurant or e-mail for reservations.

Boozy book launch: Fred Minnick, author of Whiskey Women: The Untold Story of How Women Saved Bourbon, Scotch, and Irish Whiskey, signs copies of the new book at Jack Rose on Wednesday from 6 to 8. Tickets ($30) include a signed copy of the book and whiskey tasting flight chosen by Jack Rose owner Bill Thomas.

Taste of Scandinavia: Two Swedish Michelin-starred chefs are guest-cooking at the Grill Room on Thursday and Friday: Hans Boren of 28+ and Kock & Vin’s Johan Bjorkman. The toques team up with a fellow Swede, chef Jakob Esko, for a three-course lunch ($35) and dinner ($75), with optional wine pairings for both. Reserve by calling the restaurant.

Champagne day: Now that’s a culinary holiday we can get behind. Proof celebrates on Friday by offering guests a 30 percent discount on all bubbly, including by-the-glass options on a special menu.

Freaky food: The Truckeroo food truck festival gets in the Halloween spirit on Friday with Truckerboo. Expect a similar lineup of food trucks (27 this time!), beers, games, and music from 11 to 11 by Nationals Park, plus costumes and more holiday-themed fun.

Al fresco Oktoberfest: Get a taste of Munich in Bethesda Lane on Saturday during Redwood’s Oktoberfest celebration from 1 to 7. Look for beers from Starr Hill and DC Brau, Germanic eats such as brats and pretzels, a “kid zone” for families, and sales at neighboring stores. Admission ($39) includes 12 tasting tickets for drinks and food (worth $24), a commemorative mug, and donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Oyster fest: Tony & Joe’s hosts a waterside oyster festival on the Georgetown Waterfront this Saturday from 2 to 6. The bivalves are served raw, grilled, and fried, and are accompanied by various beer and wine pairings. Tickets are $75; Marine Corps Marathon runners get a special discount.

Sweet fundraiser: The annual Pie Fest returns on Sunday, combining a baking competition and a fundraiser for the Jayna Troxel Murray Foundation. Bring a home-baked pie to Bourbon (Adams Morgan location) for a chance to win prizes, or just grab a ticket ($25) for an afternoon of sampling from 1 to 5. Passes must be purchased in advance.