Feast on "gillyweed salad" washed down with "polyjuice potion" at this collaboration of Mary's Restaurant and Stonecutter Spirits, with inspiration from J.K. Rowling. Riffing on food and elixirs mentioned in the Harry Potter books, each course showcases local ingredients prepared with a little magic. Don't miss the "death eater" dessert libation: Heritage Cask whiskey, espresso-cocoa syrup, bitters, coffee and whipped cream.
Harry Potter Great Winter Ball
Saturday, December 2, 6-8 p.m., Mary's Restaurant, Inn at Baldwin Creek, in Bristol. $50-$75. Info, 453-2432, baldwincreek.net.
More food events:
Cooking Oils: How to Choose and Use the Healthiest Oils
Olive or grapeseed? Avocado or canola? With so many options on store shelves, it can be hard to know which oil to put in the frying pan and which is best to drizzle on a salad. During this class, dietician Kerri-Ann Jennings aims to demystify the fluid fats. Samples will be provided. Wednesday, November 29, 6-7 p.m., City Market/Onion River Co-op in downtown Burlington, 861-9700. $5-10. citymarket.coop
Artwalk: The Vegan and the Vermonter
Eddie McNamara, a former New York City cop turned cookbook author, wants to help people get a little wild in the kitchen. His new book, Toss Your Own Salad: The Meatless Cookbook With Burgers, Bolognese, and Balls, is a guide to creative vegan fare. For this event, McNamara teams up with local author Tracey Medeiros, who recently released The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-to-Fork Recipes From the Green Mountain State. Recipes and samples from both books will be on hand. Friday, December 1, 5-7 p.m., Bear Pond Books in Montpelier. Free. Info, 229-0774, bearpondbooks.com.
Vermont International Festival
For 25 years running, the team behind the Vermont International Festival has been bringing together cooks, artisans and performers to celebrate cultures from around the globe. Visitors can shop for hand-embroidered cashmere scarves, listen to traditional Tibetan singing and snack on Polish pierogi, South Indian dosa, Argentinian empanadas and more. Friday through Sunday, December 1 to 3, hours vary, Essex Junction. $5-7 individual, $20 per family, free for kids under 6. Info, 863-6713, vermontinternationalfestival.com.