Utah Donut Fest
The vendors participating in the Utah Food Bank's Donut Fest are not messing around. Donut Boy? Check. Fresh Donut & Deli? Check. Lehi Bakery? Check. So, what noble cause—other than the perpetuation of golden fried dough—has caused these pastry powerhouses to assemble? Fighting hunger, that's what! All proceeds netted by the gathered vendors and the $5 admission benefit the Utah Food Bank, which is gearing up to feed Utah's underprivileged men, women and children this holiday season. In addition to raising money for the food bank and eating some of Utah's finest doughnuts, attendees can test their pastry-eating prowess with a doughnut-eating competition sponsored by Krispy Kreme. If there are tickets available, they can be purchased at utahdonutfest.com. The event takes place at the Salt Mine (7984 S. 1300 East, Sandy) on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 to 11 a.m. You dough-not want to miss this one.
Gluten Free World Expo
Quite possibly the diametric opposite, the Gluten-Free World Expo takes place at the Mountain America Expo Center (9575 S. State, Sandy) on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In its third year, the expo showcases a diverse range of gluten-free products and food, all of which can be found right here in Utah. In addition to learning about some of the state's finest gluten-free businesses and restaurants, attendees can expect cooking demos, panels and complimentary swag bags filled with gluten-free snacks and information about eating well. Admission is $5, and tickets can be purchased at myglutenfreeworldexpo.com
Moonstruck Witches Dinner
Witchfest is already underway at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South, West Jordan)—visitors have been enjoying the shopping center's creative, family-friendly Halloween transformation since mid-September. As part of the festivities, a new event called the Moonstruck Witches Dinner has been added to the repertoire. During the weekends of Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 26-27, witches of all stripes can attend a private dinner event hosted by Archibald's Restaurant. The gastronomical ghoulishness includes a buffet-style meal featuring dishes like Chalice Chicken and Pendulum Potion Punch. There are two-time slots per evening—one at 5 p.m. and one at 7 p.m.—and advance tickets can be purchased at gardnervillagetix.com for $32.50. If there's one thing I know about witches, it's that they never turn down a reasonably priced buffet, so it's a good idea to get tickets beforehand.
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