Cocktails and Curds
7 p.m. Tuesday
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 267-7490
The National Food & Beverage Foundation and St. James Cheese Company present a cocktail competition in which mixologists craft drinks to pair with cheeses from Sweet Grass Dairy, Columbia Cheese, Cheeseland and Jasper Hill Farm. Attendees sample the drinks and cheeses. Tickets $50, $45 National Food & Beverage Foundation members.
A Stroll Through France
6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday
Martin Wine Cellar, 714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7300
The tasting features 15 French wines including Domine Vincent Delaporte Sancerre Chavignol, Perrin Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Rouge, Chateau de la Riviere Fronsac and Chateau Haut-Beausejeur Saint-Estephe and others. There also are French cheeses including brie, Roquefort, Bucheron and others, as well as pate, cornichons and bread. Tickets $27.
Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival
Ponchatoula Memorial Park, 301 N. Sixth St., Ponchatoula
The festival in Memorial Park celebrates the Strawberry Capitol of the World, Ponchatoula, and there are three days of live music on two stages by bands including Christian Serpas & Ghost Town, Bag of Donuts, Five Finger Discount and others. There also is a parade through downtown Ponchatoula, a strawberry-eating contest, an egg toss, food vendors, amusement rides and more. Free admission.