by Julia Thiel
VeganMania, the Andersonville Dessert Crawl, the Brasserie Jo Beer Festival, and more.
ChicaGourmets hosts A Day in the Country: Harvest Time, a bus tour of two Indiana farms starting with the Belstra Milling Company, a family-owned feed manufacturing company. Participants then move on to Fair Oaks Farms for a light lunch, tour of the dairy farm, and a “cross-cultural country dinner” featuring a Mexican taco bar and Swedish fare, followed by a horse show with 20 Paso Finos. Pickup is at State and Lake at 9 AM; the tour returns at 8 PM. 708-383-7543, chicagourmets.org, $69.
VeganMania, a celebration of the local vegan community, features live music, a vegan fashion exhibit, an art show, and samples of food from restaurants and vendors including the Chicago Diner, Soul Vegetarian, Upton’s Naturals, and Great Taste Cafe (formerly the Balanced Kitchen). Michael Greger of the Humane Society and Nathan Runkle, founder of Chicago’s Mercy for Animals, will speak. All attendees receive five free tickets redeemable for food samples (more tickets can be purchased for 50 cents apiece), and the first 100 people (ages 16+) to arrive will get goody bags of food and body-care samples from participating vendors. 10 AM-4 PM, Pulaski Park Field House, 1419 W. Blackhawk, 312-742-7559, free.
Lush Wine and Spirits promises "lots o' pig, lots o' wine" for its last pig roast of the year. In addition to the pig, they'll offer Mediterranean-inspired sides and Rhone-style wines. 6-9 PM, 1257 S. Halsted, 312-738-1900, $25.
The fourth annual Andersonville Dessert Crawl offers two routes, each featuring 13 stops at local restaurants and cafes, including Hamburger Mary’s, Kopi Cafe, and the Coffee Studio. Participants can choose one tour or do both. Both start from the Swedish American Museum. 2-5 PM, 5211 N. Clark, 773-728-8111, $25, $40 for both routes ($30-$55 day of).
The Brasserie Jo Fall Beer Festival features hors d’oeuvres from Jean Joho, including beer-cheese beignets and tarte flambees, in addition to more than 40 beers. Locally made options include an oak-aged version of Two Brothers’ Domaine DuPage, Metropolitan Brewing’s latest release, Krankshaft, and Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter Pale Ale. There’ll also be several offerings from elsewhere in the U.S. and a good selection of Belgians, from La Chouffe to Maredsous Tripel. 6-8 PM, Brasserie Jo, 59 W. Hubbard, 312-595-0800, $22.
Sheffield's hosts a Great Lakes Brewery Beer Dinner of four courses paired with six beers, including Dortmunder Gold, Grand Cru, Glockenspiel, and Blackout Stout. 7 PM, 3258 N. Sheffield, 773-281-4989, $50.