The weather might be alternating between temperate and wintry these days, but the spring season for food-tasting fundraisers and festivals is in full swing.

Whether you want to sample craft beers among historic train cars, sip soup from handmade bowls or sample the cuisine from a wide variety of Lancaster County restaurants, there are events scheduled over the next couple of months that raise money for historic preservation, a local visitor center and short-term housing for the homeless.

Here’s a list of just some of the events for philanthropic foodies to put on their calendars for April and May.

Rails & Ales

• When: 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 Gap Road, Strasburg.

• What: Adults can roam among the historic train cars at the museum, sampling beverages from 24 regional craft breweries and one cider maker. Six food-truck vendors will sell items including burgers, barbecue and cupcakes. Music will be provided by a DJ.

• Special brew: Mad Chef Craft Brewing has brewed a special northeastern-style IPA for the event called All Aboard the Hazy Train.

• Tickets: Available online only, at bit.ly/RailsAles2018, until 5:30 p.m. Saturday. General admission, $40 plus online fee; designated driver, $15; ticket five-pack of 4 general admission tickets and 1 free designated driver, $160. Online fees are added to all purchases. VIP tickets are sold out.

• Information: Contact the Railroad Museum or visit the event web page at railsandales.org.

• Fundraiser for: The nonprofit Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, which supports the museum.

Taste of River Towns

• When: 4 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: St. John’s Herr Estate, 200 Luther Lane, Columbia.

• What: 10 area restaurants or food businesses from the Columbia-Marietta-Wrightsville area offer samples of dishes and desserts, from braised lamb shank to pork sliders, and from fish and cornbread to chocolate-covered strawberries and bananas Foster.

• Tickets: $20 per person are available in advance at the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia, or at St. John’s Herr Estate by contacting Jamie Eichelberger at 717-684-0678.

• Fundraiser for: Operation of the chamber’s visitor center.

Empty Bowls

• When: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

• Where: Lancaster Creative Factory / Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 560 S. Prince St.

• What: Area restaurants bring samples of soup to fill decorative bowls handcrafted by local artists. The first 400 people at the event will get to take home their bowls.

• Tickets: $30 per person, plus online fees. Order online at bit.ly/EmptyBowls2018 or buy them at the front desk of TLC/Veterans’ Victory House, 105 E. King St.

• Information: Contact Kevin Lehman’s Pottery, 717-509-7547, or visit the event website, bit.ly/EmptyBowls2018.

• Fundraiser for: TLC/Veterans’ Victory House, which provides short-term interim housing and supportive services for individuals, couples and families experiencing homelessness, helping them work toward stability and self-sufficiency.

5th annual Gyrofest

• When: 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

• Where: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 64 Hershey Ave.

• What: This food festival features a variety of Greek dishes and pastries, including gyros, Greek fries and salads, baklava and cookies.

• Tickets: $10 online or at the church, Available online at bit.ly/GyrofestTix.

• Fundraiser for: The church, along with local charities.

• Information: 717-394-1735 or annunciationorthodox.org.

Gourmet Gala

• When: 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 6.

• Where: Excelsior, 125 E. King St.

• What: Thirty restaurants, wineries, caterers and craft brewers will offer samples of food, beverages and desserts, from French pastries to chickpea salad, and lamb sliders to beef brisket and wine.

• Tickets: $100 per person; $70 for those under 30; 10-pack of tickets is $950. Order online at bit.ly/GalaTix2018. Discounts available for members of the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County.

• Fundraiser for: The preservation and education work of the Historic Preservation Trust.

• Information: Contact the Historic Preservation Trust at 717-291-5861 or visit hptrust.org/gourmet-gala.

Evening of Matched Pairs

• When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

• Where: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St.

• What: Fifteen local restaurants and food businesses will serve samples of their signature dishes and desserts. Those samples are paired with wines or craft beer by Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon board member and wine aficionado Dave Diffendal. The evening includes music and dancing.

• Tickets: $85 per person or $150 per couple. They’re available online at bit.ly/MatchedPairs2018 or by sending a check, made out to The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, to 407 Lafayette St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

• Information: Call the literacy council at 717-295-5523, or visit getliterate.org.

• Fundraiser for: The programs of the literacy council.

Lititz Pretzel Fest

• When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

• Where: At restaurants and other businesses around Lititz.

• What: Samples of treats, made with pretzels by local eateries and food businesses, will be available at more than 10 venues. The event also includes live music, a bounce house and 10 “twisted minute-to-win-it” games for all ages at downtown retail locations.

• Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for 12 and under.Tickets are limited to 500. Order online at bit.ly/PretzelFest2018 or buy them at Wilbur Chocolate, Aaron’s Books, McElroy Pharmacy, the Shoppes at Zum Anker Alley or the Lititz Public Library.

• Sponsored by: Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area.

• Information: lititzpretzelfest.com or 717-560-2295.

• Fundraiser for: The free summer playground program for ages 12 and under, through the Lititz Rec Center.

5th annual Evening of Matched Pairs

• When: 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 15.

• Where: Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St.

• What: Fifteen local restaurants and food businesses will serve samples of their signature dishes and desserts. Those samples are paired with wines or craft beer by Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon board member and wine aficionado Dave Diffendal. The evening includes music and dancing.

• Tickets: $85 per person or $150 per couple. They’re available online at bit.ly/MatchedPairs2018 or by sending a check, made out to The Literacy Council of Lancaster-Lebanon, to 407 Lafayette St., Lancaster, PA 17603.

• Information: Call the literacy council at 717-295-5523, or visit getliterate.org.

• Fundraiser for: The programs of the literacy council.

Lititz Pretzel Fest

• When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5.

• Where: At restaurants and other businesses around Lititz.

• What: Samples of treats, made with pretzels by local eateries and food businesses, will be available at more than 10 venues — including Linden Hall School this year. The event also includes live music, a bounce house and 10 “twisted minute-to-win-it” games for all ages at downtown retail locations.

• Tickets: $10 for adults and $5 for 12 and under.Tickets are limited to 500. Order online at bit.ly/PretzelFest2018 or buy them at Wilbur Chocolate, Aaron's Books, McElroy Pharmacy, the Shoppes at Zum Anker Alley or the Lititz Public Library.

• Sponsored by: Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area.

• Information: lititzpretzelfest.com or 717-560-2295.

• Fundraiser for: The free summer playground program for ages 12 and under, through the Lititz Rec Center.