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Food News – Learn to make Mary Washington’s gingerbread

Catching up on food news from the past week and food happenings around the region, with a sprinkling of other interesting tidbits from around the Web. Look for this every Thursday. Submit events to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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Where should you go for fall pumpkins? We’ve got a comprehensive guide to area pick-your-own patches here.

Did you know it’s illegal to use social media or e-mail to advertise drink specials or happy hour prices at Virginia bars? The state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control board is in the process of reviewing the rules on advertising drink specials. Read more in this story from the Washington Examiner.

The King George Farmers Market was among the top 20 boutique-sized markets nationwide in this year’s American Farm Trust online voting contest. Other Virginia markets in the Top 20 included those in Richmond, Virginia Beach, Falls Church, Williamsburg and Charlottesville. Cathy Dyson has more here.

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The Fresh Chops Butcher Shop in North Stafford and Bryan’s Place restaurant in Fredericksburg have closed. Bill Freehling has more here.

This week’s review: The Lighthouse Restaurant in Colonial Beach

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Mary Washington’s gingerbread and other 18th-century recipes will be demonstrated Saturday at Mary Washington House in Fredericksburg. Living history interpreters will prepare these recipes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rosh Hashana began yesterday at sunset, and food writer Kurt Rabin shares his memories of teiglach, a sticky-sweet delicacy pictured at right, for the holiday. Read the column here.

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The Vegetarian Group will be screening the movie, “Forks Over Knives” Oct. 1 at 10 a.m. at the Salem Church Library. More information here.

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