Beer, wine and food events in August and beyond

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

Detroit Beer and Wine Festival at Grand Circus Park: Tickets include 15 beverage samples, a pint glass to take home and keepsake photo. Additional drink samples and food available for purchase. 7-11 p.m. Fri. $30, $45 VIP. Woodward and Adams, Detroit.

Smile Train fundraiser brunch at Grey Ghost Detroit: Newly opened Midtown restaurant Grey Ghost will host a fixed-price brunch to benefit cleft charity Smile Train. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. $75. 47 E. Watson, Detroit.

Grand Opening at Billy Sims BBQ: Former Detroit Lions player Billy Sims will be on hand to sign autographs at the grand opening of his latest barbecue restaurant. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat. 31042 Gratiot, Roseville.

Tacos and Tequila in Capitol Park: Sean Blackman and the In Transit Trio play Latin jazz while folks munch on Mexican and Latin food from local restaurants, plus tequila, margaritas and Mexican beer. 7-11 p.m. Sat. $15 in advance, $20 at the event. State and Griswold, Detroit.

Brewery History Bike and Brew Tour: A 10-mile tour through downtown Detroit to learn about the city’s brewery history. 10 a.m. Sun., Aug. 20 and 28, and Sept. 11. $35, $10 for bike rental. Tours depart from 511 W. Canfield, Detroit.

Sunday Brunch in Capitol Park: Food and drinks from a variety of food trucks, plus cocktails and live entertainment. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays in August. State and Griswold, Detroit.

D Vine Tour in Detroit: A tour of Detroit wine bars with tastings, cheese and other small bites. Tour includes Vertical Detroit, Central Kitchen + Bar, Detroit Louie’s Lounge and House of Pure Vin. 1-5 p.m. Sun. $29. Limo bus picks up from 150 S. Maple, Wyandotte and 511 Beaubien in Detroit.

Kosta Browne Winery Dinner at Vertical Detroit: A multi-course dinner paired with wines from the California winery. Dinner features lamb from Border Springs Farms. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17. $175 plus tax and tip. 1528 Center, Detroit. (313) 732-WINE.

Kuhnhenn Brewing’s 15th Anniversary: The Warren brewery celebrates 15 years of beer-making with around 50 beers available for sampling. Tickets include 12 samples, a food voucher and entertainment. 3-9 p.m. Aug. 20. $40. 5919 Chicago, Warren. (586) 979-8361.

Taste of Italy at Capitol Park: Italian food and cocktails, plus live music from crooner Ben Sharkey. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 20. $15 in advance, $20 at the event. State and Griswold, Detroit.

Four Seasons of Essential Cooking with Ann Delisi at Selden Standard: Chef Andy Hollyday will prepare a seasonally appropriate meal with wine pairings to benefit WDET. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 22. $100. 3921 Second, Detroit.

Beer Dinner at Mabel Gray: A five course meal from chef James Rigato paired with beers chosen by Charles Psenka. One main course is summer tomato braised venison leg paired with Leelanau Brewing Co.’s Michilimackinac “Line Five” Stout. 7 p.m. Aug. 22. $90, plus tax and tip. 23825 John R, Hazel Park. (248) 398-4300.

Sangria Sip and Stroll at Real Seafood Co.: Appetizers from chef Dan Gawura are paired with the restaurant’s red, white and watermelon sangria. 5-7 p.m. Aug. 23. $35.95. 341 S. Main, Ann Arbor. (888) 456-3463.

Detroit Burger Brawl at Eastern Market: Around 20 restaurants will vie for the title of Detroit’s Best Burger, as voted on by attendees and judges. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 27. $25, $55 VIP. 1313 Erskine, Detroit.

Bend + Brew at Detroit Boxing Gym: After an hourlong yoga class, enjoy beer from Perrin Brewing Co. and snacks from Del Taco and Avalon Bakery. 11 a.m. Aug. 27. $25. 6445 E. Vernor, Detroit.

Cider Dayze at Blake’s Hard Cider Co.: Sample hard cider and other products from companies in Michigan and beyond. The two-day event also has food, games and live music. Noon-8 p.m. Aug. 27 and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 28. $30-$35, bus transportation available from Woodward Avenue Brewers in Ferndale for $5. 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada.

Wine and Food Festival at Meadow Brook Amphitheatre: Sample products from more than 150 wineries in Michigan and beyond, plus craft beer, food and live music. 1-9 p.m. Aug. 27 and 1-4 p.m. Aug. 28. $25, $10 designated driver. 3554 Walton, Rochester. (248) 377-0100.

Fury for a Feast at Witch’s Hat Brewing Co.: This all-day event features more than 20 barrel-aged beers on tap, plus food trucks and live music from the Muggs, Stone Clover and more. No cover. Noon-midnight Aug. 27. 601 S. Lafayette, South Lyon. (248) 486-2595.

Prohibition History Bike and Brew Tour: A 14-mile bike ride visits former prohibition sites in downtown Detroit. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 and 18. $35, $10 bike rental. Tours depart from 511 W. Canfield, Detroit.

Melody Baetens