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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 07/24/2008

Feast of a Weekend

By Julia Beizer

Flamenco dancers turn up the heat at Taberna del Alabardero this weekend. (Courtesy of the restaurant)

This weekend's a great one for local food lovers. Grilling, sipping and a cocktail-making-flamenco-dancing party dot the calendar.

The Glover Park location of Ceviche kicks off the food frenzy on Saturday with a Ceviche Festival. Slurp five varieties of the fishy dish from 1 to 5 p.m., while DJs spin tunes. Drinks include sangria, coconut mojitos, cosmos and blood-orange margaritas, and you can sip happily knowing a portion of the drink sales (and the $20 cover charge) will benefit the EduSemillas Program, which provides educational programs for low-income children in Ecuador.

Later that evening, Domaso's early evening soiree combines grilling with good wine: for example, grilled shrimp and mango chutney pair with an Italian white, and a ruby-colored wine goes with pancetta-wrapped chicken skewers. Participants get five courses before indulging in a mousse dessert. All the action happens from 4 to 6 p.m. on Domaso's newly opened terrace -- a space Fritz and I both enjoyed on a peaceful after-work visit. Tickets are $45 and reservations are encouraged.

On Sunday, Taberna del Alabardero celebrates the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela and its annual festival. Entertainment includes Spanish music and flamenco dancers, but the evening's real attraction will be lessons in Spanish cocktail-making taught by sommelier Gustavo Iniesta. Chef Dani Arana will whip up tapas for the $75 all-inclusive fete. Options include chicken paella, Spanish chorizo, toast topped with salmon, flank steak and gazpacho.

Other food-fan notes: Oyamel wraps up its two-week Squash Blossom Festival this weekend. Through Sunday, diners can order options like goat-cheese stuffed squash blossoms and squash-blossom quesadillas from the special menu. Starting Monday, sister restaurant Jaleo kicks off its annual two-week La Tomatina Festival, honoring this symbol of summertime with special dishes and cocktails at all three locations. The Great Grapes Wine Festival brings more than 300 wines from around the world to Anne Arundel County this weekend.

-- Julia

By Julia Beizer  | July 24, 2008; 10:58 AM ET
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