Come eat free samples of whoopie pies at Oddfellows’ third annual bakeoff. Photo via

Independence Day
The annual celebration of our nation’s freedom (and usually the start of some decently summery weather here in Seattle) falls on a Wednesday this year. Grab some prime patio real estate to watch the fireworks at Lake Union, or stock up on some summery, sessionable beers. We happen to have a few suggestions.

Dr. Loosen-Robert Weil Winemaker Dinner
Kirk Wille of Germany’s Riesling phenom Dr. Loosen is at Wild Ginger in Bellevue for an evening of pan-Asian dishes paired with Dr. Loosen’s signature wines. The dinner is $99 per person and limited to 18 guests.

Seattle International Beerfest
Sixteen countries will represent with more than 200 brews at this massive three-day festival. Food trucks like Skillet and Rancho Bravo will be on hand to provide sustenance. Admission gets you 10 drink tickets; beers cost one to seven tickets each.

Love at First Blush
The gypsy jazz trio The Djangomatics will be at Fremont’s quaint 35th Street Bistro to serenade this five-course, $100 dinner that celebrates rosés both domestic and imported. Reception begins at 5pm.

Sunday Feast at Tavolàta
The latest rendition of Tavolàta’s popular Sunday dinner features a slow roasted pork shoulder with a lavender honey glaze, for $60. And that’s just one of six delectable courses prepared by chef Brandon Kirksey (who is headed to Ethan Stowell’s Rione XIII when it opens later this summer).

High 5 Pie Cherry Pie Bakeoff
Crank up that Warrant song—the Capitol Hill pie shop is hosting a competition for cherry pie–bakers. While the contest is full up, somebody needs to help eat all these pies when the judging concludes. Show up around 1pm for some free pie action.

Meatless Monday at Judkins Street Cafe
Judkins Street Café is spreading the good word of meatless Monday with a monthly vegetarian meal. A $21 multicourse meal will be filled with early summer fruits and veggies.

Monday! Monday! Monday!
Madison Park Conservatory is kicking off a month of Monday night dinner parties. The four-course, prix-fixe dinner hovers in the $42 range and will focus on a particular farmer, chef, or winemaker each week. The first round is a tribute to esteemed farms Stokesbury Sustainable and Local Roots.

Whoopie Pie Bakeoff
Though a panel of venerable judges will be electing winners in a variety of categories. The real winners will be those in attendance eating all the free samples. The third annual bakeoff will be from 4–6pm at Oddfellows Café and Bar.

July 17 Think and Drink
The ever-pressing issue of marriage equality will be the topic of discussion at Naked City Brewery and Taphouse’s “Think and Drink” series, which starts at 7pm.

July 19 Riesling Through the Ages
Wild Ginger’s summer of Riesling continues with a celebration of 40 years of Germany’s signature wine—as well as some undeniably good food. The $125 dinner begins at 6:30. Call the restaurant at 206-623-4450 for reservations.

July 22 Boast Street Lamb and Rosé Dinner
Boat Street Cafe annual meal draws on a lengthy list of ingredients—like octopus, wild celery, sheep cheese, and aioli— beyond the titular meat and wine. Dinner starts at 6pm and costs $100. Call 206-632-4602 after 3pm to reserve.

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