First Annual Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival, Convention Center, 777 NE MLK, Fri 3-10 pm, Sat 11 am-10 pm, $10

It's the middle of Dungeness crab season and the perfect time to celebrate all things seafood. And while you're at it, why not throw some sweet, sweet wine in there to boot? The Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival offers up a 60,000-square-foot slab of concrete for local vendors to feed you and get you drunk, and musicians like Devin Phillips and Rebecca Kilgore to entertain you. There's also an Oyster Shuck and Swallow Contest (Fri 6 pm), a Celebrity Crab-Cracking Contest (Sat 12:30 pm), AND a cook-off between six Portland seafood chefs (from Pazzo, South Park, and Carafe, among others; Sat noon-2 pm), with the winner heading to New Orleans in August for the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Plus! Tons of cooking demos, AND the first 750 people through the door both days receive a commemorative wine glass! Whew! JWS

Raw Foods Demo, Wild Oats, 3535 NE 15th, 281-3262, Sun Feb 5, 1-4 pm, free

Chef Paul Nison, author of The Raw Life, Raw Knowledge and Healing Inflammatory Bowel Disease (somebody's gotta do it), will be sharing recipes, samples, and knowledge about raw foods at this free demo. In addition, all of his books will be available for purchase and signing. CSB

Old-Style Blues with Slow-Cooked BBQ, Ken's Place, 1852 SE Hawthorne, 236-9520, Tues Feb 7, music 7:30 pm

Hot damn, does it get any better than this? Reliable Ken's Place has teamed up with the amazing LOW BBQ up the street (4741 SE Hawthorne) for an evening of slow-cooked ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and 1920s-'30s-style blues from Mississippi transplant Steve Cheseborough. This blues/BBQ hodgepodge will be happening every Tuesday from here on out, so mark it! And no, it doesn't get any better. JWS