>>Mark your calendars. Oct. 14 to 20 is Connecticut Restaurant Week with more than 100 restaurants around the state offering $20.13 and $30.13 fixed-price specials. Every day that week, the association will give away a $50 gift certificate, redeemable at more than 120 restaurants across Connecticut, to the winner of its Connecticut Restaurant Week 2013 photo contest. Participants are asked to eat out at one of the participating restaurants during the week, snap a photo of the food they are having there, and email it to email@example.com, and share it on the association's Facebook page or use #ctrestaurantweek2013 on Instagram. The deadline is 11 p.m. each night during Restaurant Week. Daily winners will be announced on Facebook and Instagram the following morning by 10 a.m. Information: ctrestaurant.org.
>>The Town That Cares Fund and Camp Courant have been chosen as the charities benefiting from the 1st Annual WeHa Whiskey Festival, Oct. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the West Hartford Town Hall Auditorium. The event is sponsored by Chivas Regal, Dewar's, Hartford Advocate, Hartford Magazine, Knob Creek, Maximum Beverage, Radio 104.1 FM, and The Glenlivet.
The trade show-style event will feature up to 30 tables and 150 items for tasting, including various brands of whiskey, bourbon and scotch. Patrons will receive a glass embossed with the sponsors' logos to use for tasting and as a keepsake. They will also receive gift bags and other giveaways. Radio 104.1 FM (WMRQ), a locally owned station, will broadcast live at the festival. Hors d'oeuvres stations will provide refreshments to complement the variety of spirits being sampled. Tickets are $79.99 per person in advance, and $99.99 at the door. Information: 860-761-2541.
>>The Griswold Inn, 36 Main St., Essex, will hold its 3rd annual Autumn Wine Tasting Tuesday on Oct. 8 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. New world wines will be featured at the tasting that will also include a selection of light hors d'oeuvres. The walk-around tasting is $15 a person and includes tastings of 16 different wines. Information: 860-767-1776.
>>The Mill at 2T, 2 Tunxis Road, Tariffville, is sponsoring a trip on Oct. 6 to the Jonathan Edwards Winery. The day includes breakfast at the restaurant and a bus trip to the North Stonington winery for its annual Harvest Festival that includes food vendors, grape stomping, arts and crafts and two bands. The day includes lunch provided by the restaurant and snacks and wine on the bus trip. Cost is $115 per person, cash only on the day of the event. Information: 860-658-7890.
>>Francesco's, 318 Franklin Ave., Hartford, will hold a wine dinner on Oct. 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wines from Piedmont Italy will be featured. Presenter will be Mike Petrizzo. The four-course dinner is $100 a person and also includes an after dinner port and cigar. Information: 860-296-3024.
>>The 4th annual Connecticut Cheese & Wine Festival will be Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hopkins Vineyard, New Preston. The event features local artisan made foods and wines including cheeses, boutique wines, breads, jams and jellies, relishes, coffee and honey. A tasting menu with suggested paired wines and live music will also be featured. Tickets are $20 purchased online at artisanmade-ne.com or hopkinsvineyard.com and $23 at the gate the day of the festival. Information: 203-273-5821.
>>Good Life Grill in Granby will host a "Fall into Wine" five-course paired wine dinner on Sept. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. the five-course dinner will include a presentation by Brescome Barton. Tickets are $35 plus tax and tip. Information: 860-844-1060.
>>Baci Grill and Liquor World will present their annual Fall Wine Fest on Oct. 4 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Featuring more than 16 wines from many of the world's most celebrated producers, the evening also includes multiple dining stations to complement the wine selections. The price is $40 per person, which includes sales tax and gratuity. The menu includes hors d'oeuvres and entrees including roasted eggplant, red pepper stuffed chicken and herb pork. Baci Grill is at 134 Berlin Road (Route 372) in Cromwell. Information: 860-613-2224 or bacigrill.com.