Eat as many crayfish as you can in a cool outdoor Ballard setting (non-Swedes welcome!). Or head to Vashon to drink deeply at SparkleFest (best event name ever!). Or stroll through a garden while drinking mint juleps and stuffing yourself (it's for the children!).

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Have $50 to spend on a special night of eating and drinking, probably to excess? Here are three upcoming Seattle-area food-things-to-do that look like they’ll be very much worth it.

Old Ballard Crayfish Party — Friday, August 19

This sounds pretty great: “A real crayfish party. At a shipyard. In Ballard. With local crawdads and aquavit. And non-Swedes are actually welcome.” So says organizer Lexi of Old Ballard Liquor Co., who also advises that the crayfish will be live-cooked and served all-you-can-eat, with all the Swedish-style fixings. The setting sounds pretty great as well: outdoors at the “Unofficial Ballard Museum” at Pacific Fisherman Shipyard, with “an amazing set of memorabilia, including the original signs from most of the now-defunct bars that everyone remembers, like the Copper Gate, Louie’s and the Viking Tavern.” Ticket includes food, and all liquor proceeds from the cash bar going to the Ballard Senior Center, so drink up! (Old Ballard Crayfish Party, Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, 5351 24th Ave. N.W., Seattle; Friday, August 19, 7 p.m.; $50; get tickets)

SparkleFest 2016 — Sunday, September 4

Eat, drink and roam chef Matt Dillon’s extremely scenic Vashon farm at the island’s “first and best wine fair,” brought to you by Bar Ferdinand. SparkleFest promises roasted lamb, wood-fired-oven pizza and “bubbles flowing… what could be a better way to kiss the summer goodbye than with a glass of bubbling love between your fingers?  Nothing, that’s what!” Also: crafts and games for the kids, who get in for $10. (SparkleFest, Old Chaser Farm, Vashon Island; Sunday, September 4, 1-6 p.m.; $50, $10/kids; get tickets)

Green Plate Special Garden Gala 2016 — Friday, September 16

Green Plate Special is a marvelous Seattle nonprofit that gets low-income middle-school students into growing food and cooking. Celebrate and support their great work by strolling around their lovely garden while eating and drinking a ton — including paella made by Jeff Konkle of Harvest Vine; wild Alaskan halibut (donated by Lummi Island Wild) roasted over grape vines, served with wine grapes; wood-fired pizza; crostini and salads made with produce from the GPS garden; local ice cream with blueberry syrup made by GPS kids; Chinook wines; mint juleps with Tatoosh Distillery bourbon; Fremont Brewing beer; and more. Tickets include all of it, so why hold back—it’s for the kids! (Green Plate Special, 2115 25th Ave. S., Seattle,; Friday, September 16, 6 pm, $55; get tickets)