Culinary Events

COLUMBIA DINNER The Columbia celebrates its 100th anniversary. Sample a different Spanish wine each month, paired with a multi-course dinner for two. Available nightly, $100 per couple. Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. Seventh Ave., Ybor City (813-248-4961).

RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Come out and experience the Feast of Fantasy: a six-course gourmet feast. $50. 1 p.m. daily. Then, meet the Queen at her Royal High Tea: a 4-course luncheon featuring desserts. 3:30 p.m. daily. Both events include entertainment. Until April 10. Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI),11315 46th Ave. (Fowler Avenue and 46th Street), across the street from the USF Sundome. (800-601-4848 or www.renaissancefest.com).

COFFEE & ART SERIES Join the curators and art experts for personal tours and listen to interesting anecdotes about the Tampa Museum of Art, while enjoying coffee and gourmet breakfast pastries. $10. 9:30-11:30 a.m. each Wed. Registration required. 600 N. Ashley Drive, Tampa (813-274-8130 or www.tampamuseum.com).

VEGETARIAN COOKING CLASS This week Debby DeGraaff focuses on groovy greens. Free. 7-8 p.m. Wed., March 30 & 10-11 a.m. Thurs., March 31. Nature's Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave., Tampa (813-873-7428 or www.naturesharvestmarket.com).

PHILIPPINE FESTIVAL Enjoy the 10th annual, three-day event showcasing a Philippine barrio fiesta with ethnic and multi-regional foods and beverages. $6. Kids 5 and under free. 4 -11 p.m. Fri., April 1, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat., April 2 & 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun., April 3. Bayanihan Arts Center, Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex, 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa (813-925-1232 or http://www.bayanihanartscenter.org).

A TASTE OF ITALY IN YBOR CITY The eighth annual Festa Italiana, which attracts thousands of people, will feature over 35 Bay area restaurants to taste from. $5. Kids 12 and under free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., April 2 & 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Sun., April 3. L'Unione Italiana in Ybor City (813-248-3316 or http://www.festaitalianatampa.com).

FREE COOKING CLASSES Learn how to prepare spring suppers. 11 a.m. Fri., April 2. Nature's Food Patch, 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater (727-443-6703 or www.naturesfoodpatch.com).

GREENFEST 2005 Attend this seventh annual, two-day nature festival and learn about the care and cultivation of indigenous herbs and plants. Rain or shine. 10a.m.-4 p.m. April 2-3. Henry B. Plant Park, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa (813-837-0131 or 813-254-0562).

BREADS OF THE WORLD Baking class. $125. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun., April 3. Let Them Eat Cake, 3805 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888 or www.chocolateismycrayon.com).

STIR-FRY Fast, delicious, and healthy food ? what could be better? $35 per person/$175 for 6 classes. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sun., April 3. Williams-Sonoma, 8066 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa (813-920-6939).

CONVERSATIONAL CUISINE Learn to speak conversational Italian, plus enjoy dinner and a five-week course that immerses students in Italy's language, foods, culture and customs. $185. 6-7 p.m. each Thurs. Reservations required. Several other classes are available. Bellagio Ristorante, 10 Beach Drive, downtown St. Petersburg (727 866-6892 or www.learnitalian.us).

CHOCOLATE CRAZIES Join premier pastry chef Michael Baugh, make fabulous dessert creations you take home, and nibble on hors d'oeuvres while you learn. $40 per person. Baking 101: 5-8 p.m. each Tues. Chocolate Sculpture 101: 5-8 p.m. each Wed. 3805 S. Westshore Blvd., Tampa (813-837-6888 or www.chocolateismycrayon.com).

LA MAISON GOURMET Classes at La Maison require reservations and are located at 471 Main St., Dunedin (727-736-3070 or www.lamaisongourmet.com).

APRON'S COOKING CLASSES Classes at Apron's require reservations and are located at the Publix supermarket at Shoppes of Citrus Park, 7835 Gunn Highway, Tampa (813-926-4465 or www.publix.com/aprons/schools/Tampa/Calendar.do).

Farmers Markets

YBOR CITY FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each Sat. Centennial Park, 8th Avenue and 18th Street, Tampa (813-241-2442 or [email protected]).

SAFETY HARBOR FARMERS' MARKET 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sat. The Gazebo at John Wilson Park, 401 Main St. downtown Safety Harbor (Linda 727-726-6407 or [email protected]).

HYDE PARK FARMERS' MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sat. Old Hyde Park Village, Tampa. Off Swann Avenue, in the fountain area (813-251-3500 or www.oldhydeparkvillage.com).

OLD PALM HARBOR FARMER'S MARKET 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Fri. Rheba Sutton White Chapel/Harbor Hall parking lot, 1190 Georgia Ave., Located Between 11th & 12th streets, one block south of Florida Avenue, in downtown Palm Harbor (727-934-7001 or [email protected]).

DOWNTOWN LARGO ORGANIC MARKET 8 a.m.-1 p.m. each Thurs. South side of West Bay Drive between 5th and 6th streets SW. (Anne Buck: 727-518-8442).

BRANDON FRESH MARKET 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each Sat. 301 S. Parsons Ave., Brandon (813-684-6806).

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