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Vodka Vodka and other tasting events, pop-ups and tours

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News

food and beverage events

Flavors of India at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A festival of Indian food and shopping bazaar featuring food and desserts from eight restaurants. 6-9:30 p.m. Thurs. $10 admission includes $5 voucher toward food. Free admission for 12 and younger. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

The Pleasure of Port at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Learn about six varieties of this sweet wine from Portugal with expert Michael Schafer. Class includes light appetizers. 7-9 p.m. Thurs. $35. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Walk Through the Forest dinner at Kung Food Market Studio: This multi-course menu inspired by the woods includes smoked fish, rabbit, sweet soup and more. 6 and 9 p.m. Fri. $65. 1568 Winder #2, Detroit.

Vodka Vodka at Royal Oak Music Theatre: One of the largest vodka tasting events, this party has a nightclub feel with a sexy fashion show and DJs. The VIP ticket includes early access to the Tito’s Handmade Vodka VIP Terrace. 7:30-11 p.m. Sat. $40, $55 VIP. 318 W. Fourth, Royal Oak. (313) 961-4060.

Flowers of Vietnam pop-up at El Club: This all ages music venue will lend its pizza kitchen, Pepe Z, to chef George Azar of Flowers of Vietnam. 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. seatings Mon.-Tues. $35. 4114 Vernor, Detroit. Purchase tickets in advance at

Winter Cocktail Class at Ann Arbor Distilling Co.: Learn about cold weather cocktails using seasonal ingredients. Class includes five small cocktails and light snacks. 7-9 p.m. Mon. $50. 220 Felch, Ann Arbor.

Tasting Tuesday at Michigan Beer Co.: Sample four beers from Royal Oak’s Roak Brewing Co., paired with food from chef Jeff Krulikowski. 6:30-9 p.m. Tues. $25. 42875 Grand River, Ste. 104, Novi. (248) 308-2717.

Michigan’s Firkin Birthday Celebration at Bavarian Inn Restaurant’s Michigan on Main Bar and Grill: Rochester Mills Beer Co. has produced a special Chocolate-Covered Cherry Flavored Milkshake Stout to celebrate Michigan’s 180th birthday. They’ll tap the firkin (a small cask of beer) and the restaurant will also serve other food and drink specials. 6 p.m. Jan. 26. 713 S. Main, Frankenmuth. (800) BAVARIA.

Bubble Fest at Blackfinn Royal Oak: This sparkling wine tasting event includes 10 samples, appetizers, music and giveaways. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Jan. 27. $20. 530 S. Main, Royal Oak. (248) 582-9460.

Mina’s Liberian/Mediterranean Dinner at Brooklyn Street Local: Start with lentil soup, kala (a Liberian-style doughnut) and diced plantains, followed by chuck rice, peanut butter stew and burgul-lentil pilaf. 7-10:30 p.m. Jan. 29. $25. 1266 Michigan, Detroit.

Greater Detroit VegBash at Royal Oak Farmers Market: A celebration of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, this family-friendly event features restaurants, caterers and food trucks. 6-9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Admission includes a $5 voucher toward food purchase. 316 E. 11 Mile, Royal Oak.

Wines for Lovers at Grosse Pointe War Memorial: Sample and learn about a selection of alluring wines with romantic food pairings. 7-9 p.m. Feb. 10. $35. 32 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Michigan Brewery Bus Tour: Start from Royal Oak and get bused to Dark Horse Brewery in Marshall, Bifferhaus Brewing in Jackson and Jolly Pumpkin’s Dexter taphouse. Tickets include transportation, guided tours, beer samples at each stop and lunch. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 11. $75. 514 S. Lafayette, Royal Oak.

Sushi Rolling Workshop at Great Lakes Culinary Center: Join Dr. Sushi in learning how to make three styles of sushi rolls. Class includes supplies and ingredients. You get to eat your creations and take home a sushi-rolling mat. Vegan and gluten-free materials available. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $50; must purchase by Feb. 13. 24101 W. Nine Mile, Southfield. (248) 286-3102 or

Pappy vs. Weller at Sugar House: An educational blind tasting featuring Pappy Van Winkle and Weller Whiskies. Tasting includes Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year 107 Wheated Sazerac and Weller 12 12 Year 90 Wheated Sazerac. Noon-2 p.m. March 18. $95. 2130 Michigan, Detroit.

Whiskey Experience at Eastern Market: A benefit for the Luella M. Harden Foundation (which raises money for college scholarships and contributions to the Leukemia Society), this whiskey-lovers event includes tastings, industry experts and strolling appetizers. 5:30-9:30 p.m. March 31. $80 before Feb. 2, $100 for VIP before Feb. 2. Shed 5, 2934 Russell, Detroit.

North American Belgian Beer Festival at Ashley’s Westland: The largest beer festival in the United States that showcases exclusively Belgian beers. 7-11 p.m. July 14, and 2-6 p.m. July 15. $40, $70 both days. 7525 N. Wayne, Westland.

Melody Baetens