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A strawberry milkshake at The Fountain on Locust. Christian Gooden cgooden@post-dispatch.com

Three events coming up in the next several days highlight St. Louis' diverse restaurant scene.

Cherokee Street Mexican Independence Day Festival • From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Cherokee Street from Iowa to Nebraska avenues will host a celebration commemorating Mexico's independence from Spain. Music and kids activities will take a back seat to food from Cherokee Street's restaurants and other vendors; look for tortas, tacos al pastor, margaritas and more.

The Fountain on Locust Scooperbowl • Watch soda jerks compete to see whose scoops are supreme at the first Scooperbowl at the Fountain on Locust (3037 Locust Street) from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for this 18-and-older event that includes drink specials and lots of ice cream.

Slow Food St. Louis Art of Food • Local chefs and artists partner to create this annual fundraiser that benefits Slow Food St. Louis' educational and grant programs. This year's event is from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 22 at the Koken Art Factory (2500 Ohio Avenue). Participating restaurants and stores include Niche, Sidney Street Café, Farmhaus, Kaldi's Coffee, Local Harvest Café, Companion Bakery, The Crossing, Entre, Home Wine Kitchen, Kakao Chocolate, The Mad Tomato, Salume Beddu, Sanctuaria, Pint Size Bakery and Kitchen Kulture. Tickets cost $40 in advance and are available here; door price is $50.