This weekend marks the official start of summer in all its grilling, lawn-partying, al-fresco-dining glory. To celebrate the reopening of Picnic Social's expansive open-air deck, executive chef Justin Perdue is throwing down with an old-fashioned crawfish boil. Crack into fresh, buttery, mud-dwelling mollusks — and all the fixings — while sipping special-release summery suds by Lost Nation Brewing, Citizen Cider and Maine's Allagash Brewing. When you've had your fill, try your hand at a game of croquet or cornhole on the lawn.
Deck Opening Party: Sunday, May 28, 5-9 p.m., Picnic Social at the Field Guide hotel, Stowe. $20 per person; $35 for two. Info, picnicsocialstowe.com.
Other food events
Conserva Tasting: Dive deep into the world of tinned fish — pulpo, calamari, razor clams, sardines. Learn to combine them along with wines and other delicacies to enhance your next soirée. Friday, May 26, 4-7 p.m., Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington. Free. Info, dedaluswine.com.
Burlington Beer Third Anniversary Party and Can Release: Sip a glass of special birthday triple IPA, along with blackberry-currant tart ale and a peach-raspberry IPA. Like the beer you sampled? Snag a four-pack or two for the road. Friday, May 26, through Sunday, May 28, Burlington Beer Co., Williston. Info, burlingtonbeercompany.com.
Spring Fling 8: Draw connections between the environmental and the spiritual over a weekend of hands-on learning in biodynamics, conscious agriculture, eco-shamanism, qi healing and more. Friday, May 26, through Monday, May 29, Old King Farm Healing & Retreat Center, Benson. $20-147. Info, oldkingfarm.com/springfling.