Annual Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, Ore., Dec. 2-6: This sudsy soiree bills itself as the premiere winter-beer tasting event. With more than 50 craft quaffers, such as Bear Republic Brewing Company Barrel-Aged Old Baba Yaga, Hopworks Urban Brewery Kronan the Barbarian and Alameda Brewhouse Papa Noel's Special Reserve, we're inclined to believe it. On Dec. 6, don't forget to attend the sixth annual Beer and Brunch Event. Among the menu items will be Belgian-style favorite La Fin du Monde and cheeses galore from the Willamette Valley Cheese Co.
Indio International Tamale Festival, Indio, Calif., Dec. 5-6: This celebration of a quintessential Mexican food, started in 1992, will offer customary festival attractions, carnival rides and a parade. But what's not to love about a plethora of Mariachi bands and a tamale-eating contest?
Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, Palm Beach, Fla., Dec. 10: Follow the snowbirds to 30-plus tasting stations at this South Florida affair. Participants will include Café Boulud and the green giant of Sunshine State groceries, Publix. Fixodent optional.
Terre Madre Day, various locations nationwide, Dec. 10: Slow Food goes global with this confederacy of happenings. The Tuna Canning Party (Dec. 5) in Bellingham, Wash., the Narbeth Greens Kids Club Local Food Celebration (Dec. 10) in Narberth, Ind., and the Slow Food San Diego Holiday Dinner (Dec. 7) in Escondido, Calif. are among the U.S. events to be held during this one-day international celebration of local eats.