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"Chinese With Flair," cooking class led by former Kailua resident Robert Fong of The Pacific Cafe in Bellingham, Wash., with instruction and samples of prawns Szechuan, seven-spice chicken, ginger and onion tofu, 6-8:30 p.m. tomorrow, Windward Community College Hale Kuhina 115; $40. Register: 235-7433.
Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, begins 6:30 p.m. Friday with the International Lantern Parade, cultural program and Makahiki concert at Hale Halawai, Kona, Big Island; continues 9 a.m. Saturday through 5 p.m. Nov. 12 with coffee tasting and competitions, cultural displays, art shows, farm tours, and other events at various locations in the Kona area; most events are free. Complete schedule: www.konacoffeefest.com, (808) 326-7820.
Symphony of Flowers, tea, scones and finger sandwiches, open bazaar with floral arrangements, jewelry and accessories, silent auction, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Halekulani hotel, Hau Terrace, $35 benefits the Honolulu Symphony. Reservations: 947-2717.
Shojin Ryori Workshop, Rev. Earl Ikeda teaches Buddhist vegetarian cooking, 11 a.m. Saturday, Wahiawa Hongwanji social hall, 1067 California Ave.; free. 622-4320.
Dessert Fantasy 2006, sampling of desserts, entertainment and door prizes, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Pacific Beach Hotel, Grand Ballroom; $25 (a portion is a tax-deductible donation to United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii). 532-6744, www.ucpahi.org.
Women of Taste, tasting of wines from female winemakers, pupu and silent auction, 5-7 p.m. Nov. 8, Pegge Hopper Gallery; $125 benefits The Women's Fund of Hawai'i. 737-4999, 524-1160.
Farmers' Market, with cooking demonstrations, 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Kapi'olani Community College, Parking Lot C. 848-2074.
Sunset Country Market, 8 a.m.2 p.m. Saturdays, Sunset Beach Elementary School, Hale'iwa. 237-8248.
A Cook's Tour of Chinatown, Walter Rhee leads a tour of downtown markets, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays, meet near Hawaii National Bank, between King and Smith streets; $15. Also, Rhee leads a tour of Chinatown eateries, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays, meet at same location; $59. Reservations: 391-1550.
Farmers' Market, sponsored by Hawaii Farm Bureau, 8-11 a.m. Sundays, Mililani High School, in front of the gymnasium. 848-2074.
Country Market & Craft Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, Waimanalo Homestead Community Center, 1330 Kalaniana'ole Highway. 259-5349.
Farmers' Market, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. 396-0766.
Culinary Tour of Chinatown, visit noodle shops, food courts, bakeries and other food venues in downtown Honolulu with food writer Anthony Chang, 9:30 a.m. Mondays, meet at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 42 N. King St.; $10. 533-3181.
Fresh Mondays, locally grown produce with free food samples, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays, Kaiser Nanaikeola clinic lobby; repeats 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays. 432-2270.
Waikiki Farmers' Market, 7 a.m.1 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, Waikiki Community Center's parking lot. 923-1802.
Merriman's Farm Visits and Dinner, half-day excursions to Big Island farms that supply the restaurant, followed by a four-course dinner prepared from locally grown ingredients, noon-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Merriman's Restaurant, Waimea, Big Island; $115 (all-inclusive). Reservations: (808) 885-6822.
Fort Street Open-Air Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Pauahi and Fort streets; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays and Tuesdays, Wilcox Park (in front of Macy's). 441-4995.
Fresh Wednesdays, 8-11 a.m. first and third Wednesdays, Kaiser Ko'olau Clinic (432-3800); also, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. second and fourth Wednesdays, Kaiser Waipi'o Clinic (432-3100).
Send announcements, with contact name and phone number, to: Culinary calendar, Island Life, The Advertiser, P.O. Box 3110, Honolulu, HI 96802; firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Cul Cal" in the subject line; or fax 525-8055.