Saturday, April 13
Powerhouse Events Center, Boise taste208event.com
It's all about the drink at this event celebrating Northwest and Idaho-made wine, beer and spirits accompanied by regional food. The grand tasting event packs in hundreds to take advantage of tastes from dozens of purveyors. Tickets cost $35 or $10 for designated drivers.
Thursday, May 16
Boise Centre, Boise elksmealsonwheels.org
Each year the Elks Rehab Hospital's Meals on Wheels program gathers several dozen of the area's best chefs to pamper ticket-holders with a full night of food, wine, music and a silent auction. Participants wander among the chefs, sampling creations as they go. The event raises money for the Meals on Wheels program, which makes sure that house-bound seniors in Ada County get hot meals. Tickets cost $60.
Friday, May 17- Saturday, May 18
Russian Food Festival
St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Boise stseraphimboise.org
Each spring, the community comes together for two days of celebration with not only food, but traditional Russian folk tales, crafts and tours of the St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church.
Friday, June 7- Saturday, June 8
Greek Food Festival
Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Boise serfes.org
No party is bigger for the Treasure Valley Greek community than the two-day Greek Food Festival. The grounds of the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church are filled with the enticing scents of classic Greek dishes. And as with any good party, there's always a wine and beer garden, music and dancing. Opa!
Sunday, June 9
Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise savoridaho.org
Each June, the Idaho Grape Growers and Wine Producers Commission gets wineries from across the state together for an afternoon in Idaho Botanical Garden, wine glass in hand, sampling the fruits of the labor of Idaho wine makers. And since nothing goes better with wine than a little food, some of the best chefs from around the area are on hand with an array of offerings. Tickets cost $45.
Thursday, June 20- Friday, June 21
Ahavath Beth Israel Congregation, Boise ahavathbethisrael.org
Deli Days is the ultimate kosher celebration in the Treasure Valley, and it's sometimes the only two days when you can find homemade pastrami, corned beef on rye and kosher hot dogs. The event is a fundraiser for the congregation, housed in the oldest synagogue west of the Mississippi River. But Deli Days is about more than food. The festival also features music from local musicians, as well as community spirit. But, yeah, it's mainly about the food.
Wednesday, June 12- Saturday, June 15
Emmett Cherry Festival
It's an old-fashioned community celebration of the fruit that makes Emmett a choice place to visit come June. Check out carnival rides, music, entertainment, vendors and, yes, cherries.
Tuesdays, June 25, July 30, Aug. 27 and Sept. 24
The Garden Table
Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise idahobotanicalgarden.org
IBG has combined two of its previous events--Uncorked in the Garden and The Garden Plate--to create monthly celebrations of wine and food in the garden. Idaho wine makers are on hand with tastings, followed by cooking demonstrations using produce from IBG's own vegetable garden. The event runs from 5:30-8 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month. Free with IBG admission.
Saturday, July 6
Bars and Stripes
Boise Weekly, Boise boiseweekly.com
To celebrate both Boise Weekly's annual Coldest Beer issue and the Independence Day weekend, grab your bike and get ready to sweat. This alley cat bike race leads competitors to a dozen Boise bars in a quest for first place as they make their way across town on a scavenger hunt that leads to an end-of-race party.
Saturday, July 13
Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed
After a year of separation, the Rocky Mountain Oyster Feed and Eagle Fun Days are back together. After the Wet and Wild parade, golf tournament and assorted community fun, what better way to celebrate than by chowing down on fried bulls' testicles? You can get your fill of the delicacy while supporting the Eagle Fire Department.
Thursday, Sept. 12
A Chefs' Affaire
Boise Centre, Boise idahofoodbank.org
Enjoy an evening of fine dining created by some of the area's top chefs while bidding for the chance to have one of the chefs create a custom meal at your own home. Live and silent auctions also include weekend adventures. Money raised from the event supports the Idaho Foodbank.
Friday, Sept. 20- Sunday Sept. 22
Sun Valley Harvest Festival
Sun Valley sunvalleyharvestfestival.com
The annual event includes wine tastings, a restaurant walk, chef demos and everything from a river guide cooking contest to a martini and caviar party. Of course, it's the Grand Tasting that caps off three days of foodie-centric happenings. Best yet, nearly every offering shows off the very best in local and regional cuisine.
Saturday, Oct. 5- Sunday, Oct. 6
Fall Harvest Festival
Idaho Botanical Garden, Boise idahobotanicalgarden.org
Celebrate the harvest with the annual Scarecrow Stroll, live music, hay rides, family activities and a farmers market boasting local fare. Indulge in seasonal food, beer, wine and fresh cider.
Friday, Nov. 29
Grove Plaza, Boise idahofoodbank.org
Each year on the day after Thanksgiving, lines stretch nearly a block at times as people queue up for gourmet soup made by some of the city's favorite restaurants. But more than just a warm meal, everyone takes home a handcrafted bowl donated by local potters and pottery shops. The bowls are the cherry-on-top of the knowledge that all proceeds are used to help the Idaho Foodbank.