Rib Chicken Fest: Rib and chicken dinners, llama plop, raffles, auctions and door prizes. 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Crafton Park Shelter in Crafton. $18 for chicken diner or $20 for rib dinner with ear of corn, baked beans, coleslaw, hot dog, dessert and beverage. crafton.org/rib-chicken-fest.
Pittsburgh VegFest: Local vegetarian and vegan food vendors, live music, green living and small business vendors, animal welfare groups, raffles and kids’ activities, plus free bag giveaways to the first 250 attendees. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Allegheny Commons Park East, North Side. Free admission. pittsburghvegfest.org.
Act I Winefest: Samples from local wineries, plus food and vendors. 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Red Barn Theater in Fombell. $20; $5 for designated drivers or those under 21. redbarnplayers.com.
Lessons in food
Summer Stock: A Picnic Party with Chef Ryan: An Atria Senior Living chef demonstrates picnic-friendly recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Attendees can taste samples. 1 p.m. Thursday at Whitehall Public Library. Free, but reserve a spot. facebook.com (search for “Summer Stock: A Picnic Party with Chef Ryan”).
Marissa Landrigan: A University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown professor shares her quest to eat ethically, including tales from her memoir, “The Vegetarian Guide to Eating Meat.” 6 p.m. Thursday at Carnegie Library, Oakland. Free, but register ahead at pittsburghlectures.org or by phone at 412-622-8866.
Truffles and Tiramisu: Executive chef Chuck Kerber teaches preparation of tiramisu and white, milk and dark chocolate truffles. 6 p.m. Thursday at Allegheny HYP Club, Downtown. $45 includes small bites and wine. Reservations: 412-281-5858.
Food for Sight — Dinner Through a Photographer’s Eye: Adam Milliron, a food photographer for the local Table Magazine and publications such as Bon Appetit, discusses the art behind the appetizing. Noon Friday at The Frick Pittsburgh, Point Breeze. $10. tickets.thefrickpittsburgh.org.
Cast-iron cooking demo: Learn about cast-iron cooking techniques and sample seasonal cuisine in this demonstration with Three Rivers Dutch Oven Society. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Linn Run State Park, Rector. Free. events.dcnr.pa.gov/linn_run_state_park.
Mushroom walks: Search for mushrooms with experts. 10 a.m. Saturday at Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County (meet in Maple Grove Day Use Area parking lot); noon Aug. 20 at Linn Run State Park, Westmoreland County (meet at Grove Run picnic area); 10 a.m. Aug. 26 at Hartwood Acres (meet in mansion parking lot). Free. wpamushroomclub.org.
Rebecca Sodergren: email@example.com; @pgfoodevents.