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Food and drink events for the 4th of July week

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Walking Egyptian Onion, an heirloom onion variety that grows the onion above ground, grows in Friendly Lucas’s Vegetable Garden at Plum Grove in Iowa City in 2005. Plum Grove will be host its Taste of Plum Grove on Sunday.
Liz Martin/The Gazette Walking Egyptian Onion, an heirloom onion variety that grows the onion above ground, grows in Friendly Lucas’s Vegetable Garden at Plum Grove in Iowa City in 2005. Plum Grove will be host its Taste of Plum Grove on Sunday.

Bourbon & Blues Festival

Enjoy the three “b”s — blues music, bourbon and barbecue at this three-day festival featuring live music, libations and food. The lineup includes Bernemann Brothers Band, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday; The Brothers Almanac, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; Randy McAllister, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday; and Kevin “B.F.” Burt, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Bring chairs and picnic blankets. No reservations taken, and no outside food or drink permitted.

l When: Friday to Sunday

l Where: Cedar Ridge Winery & Distillery, 1441 Marak Rd., Swisher

l Cost: Free admission

l Details: (319) 857-4300, crwine.com

Poolside Drinks Tasting

Beat the heat by taking a cool beverage poolside. Benz will pour samples of refreshing beers, canned wines and batched cocktails to make your summer party easy and portable.

l When: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday

l Where: Benz Beverage Depot, 501 Seventh Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

l Cost: Free

l Details: (319) 365-2556

JULY COMMUNAL KITCHEN DINNER

Experience Amana’s original dining experience at the Communal Kitchen Museum. Enjoy traditional Amana recipes and hear a little history. A walking tour of Middle Amana begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Reservations and prepayment required. The menu includes beef, spinat (spinach), fried potatoes, two cold salads, cooked horseradish, bread and butter and obstkuchen (fruitcake).

l When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

l Where: Communal Kitchen Museum, 1003 26th Ave., Middle Amana

l Cost: $25

l Reservations: (319) 622-3567 or amanaheritage.ecrater.com/p/30837785/july-communal-kitchen-dinner

Taste of Plum Grove

Taste the fruits of the Johnson County Master Gardeners’ labor, with a little side of history. Sample an assortment of fruits, vegetables and herbs from the 1850s historic garden of Friendly Lucas, wife of Gov. Robert Lucas.

l When: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday

l Where: Plum Grove Historic Home, 1030 Carroll St., Iowa City

l Cost: $5 donation

l Details: (319) 351-5738, johnsoncountyhistory.org/events

The Class Act’s World Culinary Tour: New Zealand

Join the Class Act restaurant at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center for a culinary journey around the world. Each month highlights a different country’s cuisine with a multicourse meal created, produced and executed in part by Kirkwood’s Culinary Arts students. This month, try the flavors of New Zealand. Upcoming stops include Japan, Argentina, Thailand, Polynesia and Germany.

l When: Dinner seatings Wednesday and July 12

l Where: The Class Act at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids

l Cost: $35

l Details: (319) 848-8777, thehotelatkirkwood.com

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