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Events: Farmshare fundraiser on Friday, Quesoff returns on Saturday

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

Farmshare Austin, the new farmer education nonprofit, is hosting a “Farm Raiser” fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday at the Getaway Motor Club, 3700 Thompson St., that will include live music and square dancing from the Barn Owls, craft beer, barbecue and food from other local companies. Proceeds will go to the organization’s Farmer Starter, a six-month program “to teach aspiring organic farmers the technical and business skills necessary to be successful growers in Central Texas” that will start in October. The produce grown from this instructional farm will go to Sanchez Elementary School and El Buen Samaritano. Tickets ($30) are available at farmshareaustin.org/farm-raiser.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, a queso competition called the Quesoff returns to the Mohawk, 912 Red River St. For the fourth year running, more than 20 teams are competing in four categories — meaty, spicy, veggie and “wild card,” which is a new addition this year. Restaurants such as Frank, Justine’s, Pelons and more will compete against the average cheese lover for a chance to claim the not-so-insignificant title of best queso in town. Each team will bring 5 quarts of queso at minimum, with some signed up for multiple categories, so come hungry. If you want a bag of chips to sample all that cheese, bring $5. More info at mohawkaustin.com.

Grub Trivia — Slow Food Austin’s annual event that pits teams of foodies against one another in for pub-style food trivia — is coming up on August 17, and today is the last day to snag the early bird pricing for teams of up to six members. The event at Saengerrunde Hall, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., which will be emceed by Antonelli’s Cheese co-owner John Antonelli, will start at noon on that Sunday in August, and the Early Bird price to sign up a team is $180. (Starting tomorrow, that price will bump up to $200.) General admission costs $25 for Slow Food members and $30 for members of the public, which gives guests access to tastings from more than a dozen local restaurants and food artisans, including Fino, Confituras, Wink, Red Rabbit Bakery, Countryside Farm, Pogue Mahone Pickles, Easy Tiger, Kiskadee Chocolates, Cafe Josie, Black Star Coop, Oh Kimchi, Rockstar Bagels, Greenhouse Craft Food, Dolce Neve, Thai Fresh, Blackbird Bakery, Kosmic Kombucha, Cuvee Coffee, Juiceland and Zhi Tea. You can buy tickets or sign up for a team at slowfoodaustin.org.