This Saturday, celebrate all things beer cheese with the seventh annual Beer Cheese Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Winchester. For $5 you can get a wristband that lets you sample everything on Beer Cheese Boulevard. There's a beer garden, live music, arts and crafts, and more than a dozen cheeses to try.
■ On Monday, Lexington Pasta's Pasta Garage Italian Cafe, 962 Delaware Avenue, opens for lunch, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can build your own pasta bowl or go with one of the chef's picks. Later this summer, Pasta Garage will be open for dinner, too. They are having their first chef's night event on June 17, for $50 per person. Call (859) 421-1764 for details. See our video preview of the Pasta Garage at LexGo.com.
■ Winchell's Restaurant & Sports Bar, 348 Southland Drive, will have a lobster boil Tuesday night. Three-course meal includes New England clam chowder, whole lobster with new potatoes, corn on the cob and fresh fruit cobbler for dessert, all for $35.99 per person. Call (859) 278-9424 to make reservations.
■ For Father's Day, Bayou Bluegrass Catering will have a crawfish boil at Copper Roux, 861 South Broadway, from 2 to 6 p.m. on June 21. The menu includes boiled crawfish fresh from Louisiana with corn and potatoes, Louisiana style fried catfish and alligator, chicken and sausage jambalaya, Cajun red beans and rice, farm-to-table Cajun sausage, and New Orleans bread pudding with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce. No reservations necessary. Call (859) 523-7915 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ Capital Cellars, 227 West Broadway in Frankfort, will fire up the grill at 6 p.m. Friday for the first of the downtown summer concerts on the Old Capitol Lawn. Show starts at 7 p.m. They'll have drinks and sandwich specials.
■ Grimes Mill Winery, 6707 Grimes Mill Road, will feature Laurel Branch playing folk, traditional acoustic and Americana music from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The winery will serve light appetizers and, of course, wine at the event, which begins at 1 p.m. Call (859) 543-9691 or go to Grimesmillwinery.com.
■ Gainesway Farm, 3750 Paris Pike, is holding a fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday to help Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, which is working to find a cure for cancer in children. They'll have bouncy castles and slides for kids to play on. And Afleet Alex, winner of the 2005 Preakness and Belmont stakes, will come out and join the fun a few times during the event.
■ Jessamine Growers Farmers Market, behind City Hall at the corner of Main and Rice streets in Wilmore, will have locally grown blueberries, strawberries, mulberries, rhubarb, honey, fresh herbs, greens, tomatoes, snow peas and other seasonal vegetables, eggs, garden transplants, annuals, hanging baskets and perennials from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
■ Bluegrass Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday in Hamburg at the Liquor Barn and at Beaumont Circle at Azur Restaurant and Patio Grill, will have broccoli, peas, lettuces, kale, Swiss chard, zucchini and summer squash, Chinese cabbage, a few cucumbers, jams, jellies, baked goods, homemade cheese, herbs and spices, lamb, Kobe beef, beef bratwurst and fresh cut flowers.
■ Lexington Farmers Market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Cheapside Pavilion and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday on Southland Drive, will have fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs, honey and flowers.
■ At summer cookouts, vegans often get short-shrift. If you're tired of never getting to eat the s'mores, there's help: Dandies Vegan Marshmallows. Made by Chicago Vegan Foods, they taste as good as — or better than — traditional marshmallows. They come in campfire size and miniatures and are available at Whole Foods.