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The Hokkaido Fair at Mitsuwa Marketplace starts today and continues through Sunday, featuring vendors from Hokkaido, Japan, selling products including miso butter corn ramen, Sumire ramen, ice cream, crab and squid bento boxes, pastry, and deep-fried fish cakes. 9 AM-7 PM, 100 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, 847-956-6699.
LTHForum is now taking nominations for its Great Neighborhood Restaurant awards (i.e., places other than the 90 already named GNRs). Nominations will continue through September 30, and discussion through October 15, with the winners announced in November.
The Berghoff's annual Oktoberfest continues through Saturday, with German food, beer, and live music. 11 AM-9 PM, corner of Adams and Dearborn, 312-427-3170, free admission.
The Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents Exploring the Culinary Collections at the Newberry Library, with Riva Feshbach, the library’s exhibits manager. Feshbach will discuss some of her favorite discoveries from the collections and share tips on how to use the catalog to find tomes like the 1494 De Honesta Voluptate et Valetudine (“On Right Pleasure and Good Health”) or John Drury’s 1931 Dining in Chicago. 10 AM, Kendall College, 900 N. North Branch, 847-432-8255 or email@example.com, $2.
The Urban County Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory is a harvest celebration featuring composting and food preservation classes by instructors from the UIC Extension, a beekeeping demonstration, and a tour of neighborhood community gardens. There are also a farmers' market and food vendors (including honey), garden tool sharpening, a recipe swap, and live music. 11 AM-5 PM, 300 N. Central Park, 773-638-1766, free.
At Tea Time With Eva Eliscu [PDF], the writer and restaurateur will explain how tea, coffee, and cocoa changed the history and culture of the Western world. After a champagne reception, attendees will have afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones with Devonshire cream and lemon curd prepared by Chalkboard chef Gilbert Langlois. 2-4 PM, Chalkboard, 4343 N. Lincoln, 708-383-7543, $49.
The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian hosts its annual Buffalo Roast and Fall Festival, with a buffet of roasted buffalo meat, wild rice salad, fry bread, and wojapi, a Plains Indian berry pudding. There’ll also be a demonstration of powwow dance steps and traditional Native American storytelling. 1-4 PM, 3001 Central, Evanston, 847-475-1030, $25, $10 kids under 13.
Delilah's hosts a tasting of Oktoberfest, harvest, and pumpkin beers, including Ayinger, Paulaner, and Hacker-Pshorr Oktoberfest, Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale, and New Holland Ichabod and Dogfish Head pumpkin ales. 5-9 PM, 2771 N. Lincoln, 773-472-2771, no cover (beers can be purchased in two-ounce samples or by the bottle).
A Three Floyds Brewery Dinner at the Galway Tribes Irish Pub & Ale House features six Three Floyds beers and five courses—the last beer comes after the meal. The brewery’s motto, “It’s Not Normal,” is the theme; fare includes ostrich meat loaf and turnip-whipped mashed potatoes with mushroom-wine sauce (paired with Alpha King Pale Ale), corn succotash and “a bushel of Irish corn dogs” (with Gorch Fock Helles), and chocolate-pumpkin creme brulee (with Moloko Plus milk stout). 6 PM, 9680 Lincoln Way Lane, Frankfort, 815-464-9881, thegalwaytribes.com, $49 plus tax/tip.