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MOA hosts Culinary Fest with cooking classes, food tours and wine tastings

MOA will celebrate food for a few weeks with a Culinary Fest.

The Mall of America already has more than 50 dining options under its roof. But starting Oct. 23, it's adding on to its already extensive menu – all for Culinary Fest.

It runs through Nov. 5 and features six different culinary focuses, ranging from cooking to gardening and wine tasting. So you don't even have to be a chef at heart to enjoy it.

Here are the different events that will be going on:

Plant Nite

If you'd like to put together your own little terrarium as you eat, drink and mingle, check out Plant Nite.

Plant Nite is a group that lets you do exactly that at bars and restaurants.

There are three opportunities to plant your own mini gardens during MOA's Culinary Fest. Plant Nite will happen at the Nordstrom Cafe on Oct. 23. It'll also be at the Hard Rock Cafe Oct. 26 and the Cadillac Ranch Oct. 27.

Learn more here.

Progressive Dining

If you're looking to sample a couple different MOA restaurants in an organized tour, here's your chance.

Oct. 24-27 there will be daily dining "tracks" that lead a group to four different restaurants for appetizers, a salad, entree, and dessert.

The proceeds for this event benefit the Backpack Buddies program of Minneapolis. It provides more than 350 students with backpacks filled with food on weekends.

Learn more here.

Taste Academy

This is if you'd like to learn how to make tastier, healthier meals using oils, vinegars and spices.

There are actually seven different vomFASS Taste Academy classes scheduled at MOA, starting Oct. 26 with the last one being Nov. 10.

Those classes range from making brunch to Mediterranean cooking and wine tasting.

Learn more here.

Salty & Sweet

Because who doesn't like samples? People can stop by the Southeast Court to sample various salty and sweet snacks. Visitors will also have the chance to win prizes from MOA restaurants.

This event is only Saturday, Oct. 29. It runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more here.

Wine & Canvas

Paint and drink wine. Wine and Canvas will bring local artists into MOA restaurants to teach a painting class as customers sip wine.

That will run Nov. 1-4 with classes being held in the FireLake Grill House, Cadillac Ranch, Tucci Bennuch and Hard Rock Cafe.

You can check out what work of art you'll be taught how to paint by clicking here and scrolling down to the correct date.

Learn more here.

Other events

There's also a Restaurant Week that runs from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5. Details haven't been released yet, though.

And on Nov. 11, MOA will celebrate Veterans Day by pairing military personnel with a MOA chef for a cooking competition.

It'll take place at the mall's Rotunda. A time has not been announced yet.

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