Celebrate the Onam Festival of Kerala, India, with a cooking class Tuesday at 6 p.m. taught by Kerala native Priya Sangeeth. Cost is $59; call 952-593-3000 or register at http://www.indianfoodsco.com
The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av. in Minneapolis, and Friends Encouraging Scandinavian Traditions (FEST) are throwing a crayfish and shrimp party fundraiser Saturday at 6 p.m., including a social hour with herring tasting, a live auction and entertainment. Cost is $75. For information or reservations, call 612-871-4907.
YOU SAY POTATO
If you like potatoes and are up for a drive, Barnesville, Minn., will celebrate Potato Days Aug. 23 and 24. The festival includes a potato-picking contest, a lefse cook-off, a potato sack fashion show and several booths featuring, yes, food made with potatoes. For more information, call 1-800-525-4901 or visit http://www.potatodays.com.
FOOD FOR FUNDS
Linden Hills Co-op, 2813 W. 43rd St. in Minneapolis, will hold its annual Community Carnival Fundraiser for Joyce Emergency Food Shelf Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be food, entertainment and more in return for donations of nonperishable food and cash. For more information, call 612-922-1159.
Cooks of Crocus Hill will hold free coffee cuppings with roast-master Timothy Tulloch of European Roasterie Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Edina store, 3925 W. 50th St., and Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the St. Paul location, 877 Grand Av. Call 952-285-1903 or 651-228-1333. Cupping is a series of techniques used to evaluate coffee beans for flavor and defects or to create coffee blends.
Learn how to use common and uncommon vegetables with flowering annuals and perennials to make interesting garden combinations at the Edible Landscape seminar Friday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 3675 Arboretum Dr. in Chanhassen. Cost is $30, $20 for members. Call 952-443-1516.
Go beyond the basics of cake decorating with this advanced class Aug. 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Kitchen Window, 3001 Hennepin Av. in Minneapolis. Cost is $45; call 612-824-4417.
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