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Six Awesome Food Events, July 21-24: Beer, Bubbly, Birds and a Rib-Eating Contest

It's Belgian Beer Week at Meddlesome Moth, which means it's time to get in touch with your Flemish side. Beer director Caitlin Mohon has hand-selected more than a dozen Belgian beers for the occasion, which are scheduled to be tapped on the daily. Thursday will see New Belgium’s Fat Tire and Friends Tappings with Fat Funk Ale, Fat Wild Ale, Fat Sour Apple Ale, Fat Hoppy Ale and Fat Pale Ale on draft. Friday, meanwhile, means Alvinne Phi and Alvinne Cuvee Freddy will be welcomed to the taps. For $20 per person, the Moth is also offering a special flight that includes Duvel Single, Ommegang Rosetta and Ommegang 3 Philosophers 2011, 2012 and 2013.

What it be: Belgian Beer Week 

When it do: 11 to 12 a.m. Thursday, July 21 and 11 to 1 a.m. Friday, July 22

Where dat is: Meddlesome Moth, 1621 Oak Lawn Ave.

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Get fancy at this event featuring sparkling wine and artisan cheese at Scardello. Their Dallas Farmers Market location will hold a casual, self-paced tasting of six cheeses, two bubbly wines and two accompaniments. This is the perfect event: It's all the cheese without all the intense interpersonal contact. Tickets are $20 per person.

What it be: Extra Credit at the Farmers Market - Bubbles and Cheese 

When it do: Arrive between 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21

Where dat is: Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway

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The Grape's latest iteration of their monthly wine dinner features special guest host Nick Picciandra of Appellation Wine Co. We’re pretty sure the dinner, titled Come as You Are, doesn't have anything to do with Kurt Cobain. Unless, that is, the grunge rocker was a fan of wines from Paragon Vineyards in the Edna Valley, in which case this all makes perfect sense. Come As You Are will feature three courses accompanied by wine. The cost is $52 per person. Call 214-828-1981 for reservations.

What it be: Come As You Are Wine Dinner 

When it do: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21

Where dat is: The Grape, 2808 Greenville Ave.

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Head to Riscky's Barbeque for what is known in some circles as the Swan Lake of food competitions. The 10th Annual Rib-Eating Contest coincides with events happening at the Fort Worth Stockyards in celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy. Because really, is there anything more beautiful than watching a grown man masticating slaughtered animals at break-neck speed? We didn't think so.

What it be: 10th Annual Rib-Eating Contest 

When it do: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Where dat is: 140 East Exchange Avenue #101B, Fort Worth

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Do you like beer? Do you like birds? Do you like drinking beer while looking at birds? Then boy do we have the event for you, my avian-and-alcohol pairing friends. Lindsey and Simon from Window to the Wild will bring their birds to the Truck Yard as they raise money for their nonprofit organization. Take your photo with the birds and ask them how they feel about bird flu at this free event.

What it be: Birds and Beer With Window to the Wild

When it do: 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23

Where dat is: Truck Yard, 5624 Sears St.

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to smoke and grill fish like a pro? Well here's your chance. TJ's Seafood is hosting a three-hour course on how to prepare salmon, halibut, oysters and smoked white fish dip, all on the grill. Pitmasters Matt Pittman of Meat Church BBQ and Doug Pickering of DWP BBQ will lead the class, which also includes plenty of samples and beer courtesy of Four Corners Brewing Company. The price is $100 per person.

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What it be: Seafood Smoking and Grilling Class

When it do: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 24

Where dat is: 4212 Oak Lawn Ave.

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