More than 15 local October food and drink events to check out

Chef David Rose, a Big Green Egg Ambassador, grilling at an event. COURTESY OF CHEF DAVID ROSE

Chef David Rose, a Big Green Egg Ambassador, grilling at an event. COURTESY OF CHEF DAVID ROSE

Learn about dessert wine, make a candy board and more this month in metro Atlanta.

Drink for a good cause

Joey D’s Oak Room in Dunwoody and New York Prime in Buckhead will participate in CentraArchy Restaurants’ 12th annual “Pink Kiss for the Cure” campaign in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Through the month of October, 50% of sales of the Pink Kiss martini will go directly to breast cancer research and care via the national nonprofit Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Joey D’s Oak Room, 1015 Crown Pointe Parkway, Dunwoody, 770-512-7063, and New York Prime, 3424 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 404-846-0644.

A celebration of peanuts

Celebrate one of Georgia’s most important crops during the second annual Georgia Peanut Restaurant Week. From Oct. 4-9, six Atlanta chefs, including Pat Pascarella, Matt Basford and Nick Leahy, will create special dishes with ingredients including raw or roasted peanuts, peanut oil, peanut flour and other peanut ingredients. Oct. 4-9. Various locations.

Grilled Cheese Off

Celebrate all things grilled cheese at Brick Store Pub’s Great Decatur Grilled Cheese Off. Participating chefs, including Brian Crain of Good Word Brewing and EJ Hodgkinson of The Porter, will sample an assigned beer from a local brewery and make an accompanying grilled cheese sandwich. Guest judges will pick a winner at the end of the night, and proceeds will be donated to the Giving Kitchen. 6 p.m. Oct. 5. $65. Brick Store Pub, 125 E. Court Square, Decatur.

Big Green Egg

Head to Coolray Field for the 25th annual EGGtoberfest, featuring teams and chefs cooking on more than 200 large Big Green Eggs, a live demo stage with guest chefs and a kids zone. Chef appearances will include Atlanta’s David Rose, self-taught Canadian pitmaster Mel Chmilar Jr. and Tina Cannon, the winner of Netflix’s “The American Barbecue Showdown.” Tickets include food samples, beverages, T-shirt, gift and parking. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 8. $75. Coolray Field, 2500 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville.

Atlanta Arab Fest

Sample food from more than a dozen restaurants and food vendors, including Zahra’s Kitchen and Mediterranean Grill, at the 15th annual Atlanta Arab Festival. The event also includes live entertainment, market, workshops and games. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 8-9. Alif Institute, 3288 Marjan Drive, Atlanta.

Dessert wines

Learn all about dessert and fortified wines with sommelier Cate Hatch at Southern Belle. Sample and discuss six wines, along with small bites from chef Joey Ward. Discounts on 12-bottle cases will be available to attendees. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. $82. Southern Belle, 1043 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta.

L-R Owner Clarence Boston and brewer Kevin Blodger in front of Hippin Hops Brewery and Distillery in East Lake.
Bob Townsend for the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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For the first time, Atlanta will be part of Black Brew Culture’s Blacktoberfest, a celebration of beer, food and art. Events throughout the weekend include a beer tasting at Hippin Hops Brewery in Stone Mountain, a pre-festival party at Hippin Hops’ location in East Lake and a brewers brunch at the Shular Institute in Tucker. Oct. 13-16. Various locations.

A reimagined beer festival

The Decatur Beer Festival, which has been around for more than 20 years, will reemerge this year as SUDS (Simply Us Doing Our Share) in Legacy Park. The event, developed by beer professionals from local bars and restaurants, including Brick Store Pub and Good Word Brewing, will donate all proceeds to nonprofits affiliated with Legacy Park. Tickets include a SUDS beer glass, unlimited samples from more than 70 craft beer makers and live music. Food from local chefs, including Terry Koval of the Deer and the Dove, will be available for purchase. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 15. $65. Legacy Park, 500 S. Columbia Drive, Decatur.

Doughnuts and beer

Indulge your love for beer and dessert at the same time at Second Self Beer Co.’s Doughnut Fest, with samples of doughnuts, other desserts, beer and coffee, plus a photo booth and live music. VIP tickets include early entry and a goody bag. 1-5 p.m. Oct. 16. $10-$35. Second Self Beer Co., 1317 Logan Circle NW, Atlanta.

Taste Urban

Sample food from some of Atlanta’s best Black chefs and makers at Taste Urban. Check out more than 70 exhibitors, with wine and liquor tastings and food samples. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 19. $20-$85. Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, Atlanta.

A sweet board

Get sweet in Buckhead with Buckhead Village Curated’s candy charcuterie workshop with Ruby Bond. Elizabeth Schmitt, founder of luxury candy board company Ruby Bond, will walk participants through food styling skills as they design their own candy board. Tickets also include a cocktail. 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 20. $125. The Veranda at Buckhead Village District, 3035 Peachtree Road, Atlanta.

Grand Tasting

Get a taste of some of Atlanta’s best restaurants at Taste of Atlanta’s Grand Tasting event. General admission tickets include all-you-can-eat samples from local restaurants, including Twisted Soul and LowCountry Steak, beer, wine, cocktails, culinary theater programming, complimentary wine glass and live entertainment, while VIP tickets also include early entry, cocktail reception, parking and goody bags. 6-10 p.m. Oct. 20. $150 for VIP entry, $100 for general admission. The Epicurean Hotel Atlanta, 1117 W. Peachtree St., Atlanta.

Uncorked Atlanta

Get your wine glasses ready for wine festival Uncorked Atlanta. The event features samples of more than 50 wines and craft beers along with cocktails, live music, games, and wine-themed activations. Food will be available for purchase. General admission tickets include a souvenir tasting glass; VIP tickets also include early admission and 45-minute guided pairing class. Noon-4 p.m., Oct. 22. $50-$150; designated driver tickets available for $10. Pullman Yards, 225 Rogers St. NE, Atlanta.

Wrecking Bar Hop Harvest Festival

Wrecking Bar Brewpub partnered with six hop farms from around the country to pick, package and ship freshly harvested hops directly to 35 metro Atlanta breweries. Each brewery will make its own fresh wet hop beer. Each ticket includes a custom Hop Harvest Fest glass and unlimited beer. Noon-4 p.m. Oct. 22. $55-$70, plus fees. 292 Moreland Ave. NE, Atlanta. 404-221-2600,

The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival will take place Oct. 23 in Dunwoody.

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Kosher barbecue

The Atlanta Kosher BBQ Festival returns, celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event sees more than 20 competing teams, barbecue tastings, and vendor booths with kosher caterers and artisans. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 23. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody.

Spooky season

Get in the Halloween spirit with a wine and dessert tasting at Saint Germain French Bakery & Cafe. The five-course Halloween-themed tasting pairs chocolates and wines from across France. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 27. $50. 1115 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta.