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FLS reporter Katie Thisdell serves up news on local food finds, tales from home cooks and inspiration to help you have fun in your own kitchen.

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Food News: Wine festival, restaurant promotions and a book talk

Catching up on food news from the past week and other tasty happenings from around the region. Look for this  every Thursday morning. Submit events and other suggestions to efreehling@freelancestar.com.

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The start of fall does not mean an end to local produce. Learn what’s in-season locally this month here.

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Culpeper’s downtown restaurant week starts Monday. Learn who’s participating and what deals to expect in this post.

This week’s review: Morsi’s Mediterranean Grill in Spotsylvania

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Beat the dinnertime rush with ideas on how to move your cooking to other parts of the day. Read about make-ahead meals here.

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Some craft brewers get pretty creative when it comes to “special” ingredients. Local beer blog Musings Over a Pint looks at some of the strangest beer additives to hit shelves lately in this post. Warning: You might not want to read this over breakfast.

Central Rappahannock Regional Library’s “Cultivating Community” series on local and sustainable food comes to an end Monday night with a discussion of the book, “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” led by local author Steve Watkins. The discussion takes place at 7 p.m. at the Headquarters library branch in downtown Fredericksburg. Learn more here.

The Fredericksburg Area Wine Festival takes place this weekend at Old Mill Park. The festival offers wine, beer, food and activities for the entire family. Get the details here.

Chili Fest 2012 is this Sunday in Spotsylvania. Get details here.

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