Slow Food Austin is hosting a Young Chefs Cooking Classfor parents and kids at 10 a.m. Saturday at Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Tickets cost $20 per adult-child cooking team. You can buy tickets and find out more at eventbee.com/v/youngchefs2013.

Cookbook author and Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis is coming to BookPeople on Wednesday, Sept. 11, to sign copies of her new "Recipe for Adventure" kids’ books, which are her first foray into fiction. Tickets to the BookPeople event are free with the purchase of books, and you can find them at BookPeople.com.

Fellow Food Network and cookbook rockstar Ina Garten will be in Austin for a conversation with Texas Monthly executive editor Pat Sharpe at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Bass Concert Hall. Tickets ($10-$56) are available at texasperformingarts.org. This is the first show in the performance hall’s 2013-2014 season.

The sixth annual Dripping with Taste Wine, Food & Arts Festival will take place this year from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in the soon-to-open Dripping Springs Ranch Park on RR 12 just north of the Hill Country town, which boasts one of the biggest multi-use event centers in the county. The tasting event will feature 30 Texas wineries, four local brewers and food from 15 area restaurants and chefs. In addition to the food and drink, the Artist Alliance of the Hill Country is hosting an art show, and there will be live music and several dozen vendors selling arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Tickets ($40 in advance, $50 at the door) and information at drippingwithtaste.com.

Communities in Schools is hosting its 18th annual Food for Thought fundraiser at 6 p.m. Thursday at Austin Music Hall, 208 Nueces St. More than 20 Austin chefs from restaurants El Alma Cafe, Malaga, Moonshine, Parkside, Trace, Truluck’s, Stories Fine Dining at the Hyatt Lost Pines, Hudson’s on the Bend and Goodall’s Kitchen and Bar, the soon-to-open restaurant inside the newly revamped Hotel Ella (formerly Mansion at Judge’s Hill). Tickets ($150) at foodforthought.ticketleap.com/2013.

The seventh annual Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Conference is taking place Sept. 22 and 23 at the convention and exhibit center in Bastrop. The two-day conference will bring together farmers, ranchers, nonprofits and activists who will discuss food, water and agriculture issues, including urban farming, raw milk, genetically modified foods and the Farm Bill. Iowa dairy farmer Francis Thicke will give the keynote on Sunday that will feature food from Dai Due’s Jesse Griffiths. To find the schedule or register, go to farmandranchfreedom.org.

To help kick off the conference, the City of Austin’s Sustainable Urban Agriculture & Community Garden program is hosting a free Farm and Food Summit from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at Tecolote Farm near Manor. The event will feature a panel of experts and activists talking about the local food issues in Austin. Light snacks and drinks will be provided. Search "Farm and Food Summit" on Facebook to find more details.