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Fancy dinners and fun festivals

JULY 9 -- Four-Course Dinner at Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen. Hosted by Eamonn O'Mahoney of Woodford Reserve, this dinner offers a menu consisting of the following: wood-fired Hieronymus shrimp with heirloom tomato and hominy succotash, Woodford brine pork tenderloin surf and turf with scallops, corn souffle and watermelon salsa, duo of grilled beef with smoked paprika reduction and blackberry peach cobbler with cinnamon and bourbon ice cream. $50. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Dinner at 7 p.m. Rooster's Wood-Fired Kitchen, 6601 Morrison Blvd. 704-366-8688.

JULY 12 -- Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival. In its second year this fest brings the beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbecue eatin' folks together for good times. Those attending can enjoy more than 60 brews and 40 bourbons along with barbecue tastings. Music will be provided by Gael Warning, Robin Rogers Band and Part Time Blues Band. And there will also be a tasting theater with experts discussing bourbon history, proper pairings and brewing. $15-$40; Free for children 12 and under. VIP admission, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.; General Admission, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 800-830-3976.

JULY 12 -- FACCNC Bastille Day Festival. In celebration of the French national holiday, this festival features French food and wine, music, face painting, juggling and games. A raffle will offer two round-trip tickets to France, a Montblanc Profile Watch, gift certificates, concert tickets and more. Free admission; Fees for food and wine. 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St. 704-225-3910.

JULY 12-18 -- Queen's Feast 2008. Always wanted to dine in an upscale restaurant, but shied away because of the prices? If so, then now is the perfect time to treat yourself as Queen's Feast 2008 features 42 upscale Charlotte and surrounding-area restaurants (Think: Carpe Diem, Ratcliffe on the Green, The Melting Pot, Oceanaire Seafood Room and a bunch more) offering prix fixe, three-course dinners for $30 per person.

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