Peach cake season is back at Fenwick Bakery.

This week is all about the fireworks – but don’t forget the food. Baltimore restaurants have fun plans in place for the month of July, including crabs, peaches, and lots of drinks. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings & announcements

Ammoora, a new Syrian restaurant, is slated to open in the Ritz-Carlton space that housed Sip Kitchen & Wine Bar.

Gaithersburg restaurant Brews & Barrels is expanding to Owings Mills, with plans to open in the former home of Artful Gourmet.

Souvlaki in Hampden is expanding, which is great news for the many fans of its terrific Greek food.

Within the next few weeks, Cross Street Market will have a few new options for drinks. Atlas Restaurant Group, which runs the market, is opening Market Ale House in the former Cans space and Cross Street Cocktails in the space that was formerly Old Line.

Lexington Market also has a couple new vendors on the books: Nepalese fusion spot Lumbini will open a market outpost, and brunch spot Sunnyside Café will also be joining the market community.

Peach cake season

It’s July, which means peach cake season has officially begun. Starting Friday, July 1, the iconic cake will be available at Fenwick Bakery.

Crustacean Invasion

Peaches aren’t the only thing that pop up in July. Starting July 1, the Crustacean Invasion menu is back at Mt. Washington Tavern. Throughout the month, the Tavern will offer a special menu of crab dishes, including options like a soft crab sandwich, old school crab imperial, and fried green tomatoes with lump crab.

Latte art at good neighbor

The evening of July 1, good neighbor is holding its second annual latte art competition. Some of the city’s best baristas will compete in a head-to-head competition to be crowned the best latte artist based on a variety of criteria.

Fourth of July fun

Monday is Independence Day, which means fireworks, parades and a lot of food.

Cross Street Market is taking inspiration from festivities in New York City, with two hot dog eating contests – one for adults and one for kids. Winners will receive all sorts of prizes, including Orioles tickets. Plus, there will be live music, specials throughout the market and fun activities.

The 6th Annual Cherry Hill Arts & Music Waterfront Festival will take over Middle Branch Park with live entertainment, a children’s village, lots of vendors and several food trucks, including Shareef’s Grill, Land of Kush and Sobechy Haitian Cuisine.

Ampersea’s outdoor space has one of the best fireworks views in the city. The restaurant takes reservations for its prime spots.

Mezcal ed

On Thursday, July 7, Clavel will host an educational talk and mezcal tasting. The ticketed event, which will also include snacks and socializing, will take place in the restaurant’s outdoor pagoda.

Beer dinner at Elkridge Furnace Inn

Also on Thursday, The Elkridge Furnace Inn is teaming up with Ministry of Brewing and 1623 (from Sykesville) for a five-course beer dinner featuring thoughtful pairings and an “upscale beer experience.”

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

July 17: Birdland Crab Feast at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood

July 22: Baltimore Restaurant Week begins

Sept. 30: Passion for Food and Wine benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.