Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: April 27-29

Friday (Apr. 27):

Third Annual Green Ball @ Moonrise Hotel This annual event to reinforce sustainability initiatives features an open bar with local beer and wine, locally sourced cuisine, a green fashion contest and live entertainment. $60 per person. Tickets available at the door. 7 to 11 p.m.

Saturday (Apr. 28): Herb Days @ Missouri Botanical Garden Load up on fresh herbs including new and hard-to-find varieties during this special sale along with demonstrations and guidance on selecting, planting, growing and using herbs. The St. Louis Herb Society also features its cookbook along with periodicals and curry powder. Access to the sale is included with Garden admission -- $8 for adults, free for children ages 12 and under, $4 for St. Louis City and County residents, and $3 for seniors 65 and over. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. French Flea Market @ The Map Room Enjoy a day of French food, wine, shopping and music featuring 30 booths from local businesses, artisans and private sellers. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Third Annual Coffee Crawl @ Historic Downtown Maplewood Explore a day of coffee demonstrations and goodies, and sample regional roasters including Kaldi's, Killi Caffe, Riley's, Art House Coffee and Goshen. Schlafly Coffee Stout and tea from Cheryl's Herbs will also be available. Free. RSVP to [email protected] 9 a.m. to noon.

Food Blogger Bake Sale @ Sappington Farmers' Market More than 30 local food bloggers, bakers and the like combine efforts to sell cookies, cakes, bread and more to raise funds for for Share Our Strength, the nation's leading organization working to combat childhood hunger in America. Show your support by indulging in a sweet treat, or volunteer by signing up via this form on the Cupcake Project Web site. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bengali New Year Celebration @ Gandhi Center Enjoy Bangladesh culture including stall food, a culture show with songs, dance and fashion shows, and more. Admission is free. RSVP to [email protected] 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

STLVegGirl: Vegan Brunch favorites @ Whole Foods Market-Galleria Caryn Dugan presents a vegan menu featuring green tea smoothies, curried frittata, sage and rosemary hashbrowns, and greens and tortilla apple strudel to prepare for brunch season. $25 per person. Register online via Whole Foods' Web site. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Dine with the Artists @ Art St. Louis Enjoy an art gallery tasting station movable feast to live art demonstrations and music. Options include a vodka cocktail and amuse bouche station, three savory tasting stations, wines, and a dessert and coffee station. $75 per person. Purchase tickets online via the Art. St. Louis Web site. 6 p.m. reception with dinner from 7 to 10 p.m.

Sunday (Apr. 29): Social Hour @ Taste Taste debuts a social hour featuring $6 classic bar concoctions and $1 off snack items. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and all day Sunday and Monday.

Grill Interrupted @ Kitchen Conservatory Learn how to prepare grilled shrimp and vegetable pasta with pesto vinaigrette, jalapeno cheeseburgers with grilled onions and spicy ranch sauce, grilled tamarind chicken tacos with grilled chile guacamole and more during this hands-on class. $55 per person. Register online via the Kitchen Conservatory Web site. 12:30 to 3 p.m.

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