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