Welcome to the weekend. Celebrate the Greek culture down in the OC or head up to Oxnard for loads and loads of strawberries. If you like beer and wine, then check out the Ladyface Ale beer lunch, Beer Storytelling, CRUSH at the 18th Street Arts Center, the California Jazz & Wine Fest, or Palate Builder with Learn About Wine. Pair your weekend with the Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil. Cheers to that.
Friday, May 17
OC Greek Food Festival
Celebrate the best of Greek food, music, dancing and culture at the OC Greek Food Festival. Experience authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music; an outdoor marketplace, expansive Kidz Zone, and tours of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.
Saturday, May 18
California Strawberry Festival
Oxnard (FRI & SAT)
The Strawberry Festival in Oxnard is ranked among the top Festivals in the nation, the weekend celebration annually the 3rd weekend in May offers a spectacle of strawberry fun for everyone. Award-winning attractions, interactive exhibits, gooey contests, the hottest names in entertainment, the largest collection of Fine Arts & Crafts with 200+ booths, and an unbelievable assortment of delicious strawberry foods and beverages. The Strawberry Promenade offers cooking demonstrations and presentations, Strawberryland For Kids boasts free rides, puppet shows, and more.
Ladyface Ale Beer Lunch
Saddle Peak Lodge presents a five-course beer luncheon featuring Ladyface Ale Companie. Chef Christopher Kufek’s menu will include crab salad with watermelon, cucumber, red onions and cilantro; pork belly slider accompanied by pickled vegetables; lamb poutine with curry mustard, cheese curds, sweet potato fries and gravy; and devil’s food cake with oak barrel ice cream with chocolate cremeux. The event begins at 12 p.m. and costs $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 818-222-3888.
18th Street Arts Center CRUSH
The 18th Street Arts Center is calling all urban foodies, wine loving enthusiasts and art aficionados for CRUSH, an artisanal wine, art and food tasting event. CRUSH is the sister festival to the organization’s successful annual Beer, Art and Music (BAM) Festival. The event will feature over 50 unique wines, specialty cocktails and culinary delights from Los Angeles’ top chefs and restaurants. A unique twist on your typical wine and food festival, CRUSH also offers live original music performed by local bands, open artist studios, and a preview of the collaborative exhibition Forêt Intérieure/Interior Forest by Alexandra Grant. Tickets start at $45. Get your tickets here.
Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil
Back by popular demand, Chef Brandon Boudet is drawing on his New Orleans heritage to once again open the patio at Dominick’s for Dominick’s Annual Crawfish Boil. Chef Boudet will boil 300 lbs. of live Louisiana crawfish flown in from New Orleans, in a large pot with quintessential Bayou seasonings. Diners can also enjoy a selection of Boudet’s New Orleans specialties such as Po’ Boys, Crawfish Boiled Artichokes with Remoulade, Old New Orleans Spiced Rum, and Dominick’s Dago Red and White Wines by the bottle, as well as a limited brunch menu.
Sunday, May 19
California Jazz & Wine Fest
Live jazz and gourmet food and wine tasting will highlight the 2nd Annual California Jazz & Wine Fest. Cool jazz, rock and R&B performed by top musicians will fill the air while festivalgoers enjoy sampling wines and freshly prepared foods from southern California’s finest wineries, restaurants and caterers. Tickets: $55 per person ($80 VIP tickets include one-hour early admission and reserved seating near the performance stage).
Palate Builder – Learn to Taste Like a Pro
This unique, action-packed, tasting class and palate workout from Learn About Wine will help you
break through to fine wine appreciation! It is intended to be a class that you will return again and again. The tasting workout includes a sense/scents of place tasting, exploring the smells of wines with the Le Nose Du Vin sensory kit. Learn about unique grapes, places, and wine making styles. Learn about grape identification, varietal markers, alcohol indicators, ripeness appreciation, and the common scents in common sense. The tasting is $60 a person. Get your tickets here.
Downtown Los Angeles
Barbara’s at the Brewery features four local brewers coming together in one night to share the stories behind the beer they make. It will be a fun, conversational way of getting to know the inspiration behind some of the best beers in California. Participants will enjoy four complimentary beers created by these brewers and enjoy a selection of carefully-curated food pairings, all included in the ticket price of $20. Featured brewers include Mark Jilg – Craftsman Brewing Co., Alexandra Nowell – Kinetic Brewing, Jeremy Raub – Eagle Rock Brewery, and Lee Chase – Automatic Brewing.
The Butterfly Pavilion
Downtown Los Angeles
The Butterfly Pavilion, the living habitat where hundreds of butterflies flutter among nectaring plants, returns for its 15th year at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This year, in addition to hosting its usual far-flung travelers from across North America, the Pavilion will also have a distinctive California feel. Of the 53 species of butterflies, 20 will be native to the Golden State.
NoHo Dine Out Fridays
North Hollywood (5:30-8pm)
NoHo Dine Out Friday Nights is a place to get together with neighbors and make new friends, all while enjoying live music, Gourmet Food Trucks and shopping at local Boutique Tables. The dog friendly event takes place in the parking lot at 11452 Burbank Blvd just West of Lankershim Blvd. For a full list of trucks, check out their web site.
Afternoon Tea at Mignon
Downtown Los Angeles (3-6pm)
Every Saturday Mignon brings a touch of refinement to Downtown LA with its new high tea menu featuring Mariage Frères tea from the famed Parisienne tea house. For $15, guests can enjoy a proper salon de thè experience and choose from finger sandwiches like French Ham with Mustard and Jam, Paprika Egg Salad, Smoked Salmon, or cucumber and butter.
Los Angeles (6-7pm)
LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater. Admission is free. While you’re there, check out Ray’s Stark Bar for a cocktail, or two or three.
KNACKIG Pop-Up Sausages
Downtown Los Angeles (1-5pm)
KNACKIG (pronounced “ki-NAH-kig”) is the German reference to the “snap,” “crack,”
or “pop” that accompanies that first bite of an authentic German sausage. Every Sunday, popping up at Mignon Wine Bar, choose from six distinctly different sausages: Bratwurst, Kasekrainer, Knackwurst, Polish Kielbasa, Spicy Chicken and Veggie Sausage. Locally sourced breads and buns accompany the sausages, along with a traditional potato salad. Artisanal beers and wines are also available.
LA Derby Dolls
Echo Park (6-10pm)
The L.A. Derby Dolls are Southern California’s premiere all-female, banked track roller derby league. Watch girls on wheels as they battle out on the track with two teams of five players each: four blockers (one of whom wears a striped helmet cover as the “pivot”) and one jammer. Races take place every other Saturday and some Sundays. A full season schedule can be browsed here.
Silver Lake Farmers’ Market
Silver Lake (8am – 1pm)
The Silver Lake Farmers’ Market offers more than just fresh, local produce. Customers can also find vintage clothings, jewelry, music, and snacks, giving it more of a flea market vibe.
Weekend Flights at Rosso Wine Shop
Glendale (5-8 p.m.)
A new wine theme each week. Whether it is their Old World favorites or Pinot Noir from Russian River, they mix it up and keep the price reasonable. Visit www.rossowineshop.com for more details. They also have wines by the glass available at the bar, along with some select beer picks by the bottle, if the wine flight doesn’t work for you. Cost is around $10.
Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club
Downtown Los Angeles
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs at the Cicada Club in Downtown. Featuring the finest vintage dance orchestras and entertainment, Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club is unlike any night on the town you have ever experienced. Vintage or evening attire encouraged. A dinner reservation will guarantee your table for the entire evening. To see who’s playing each week and for more info check out their web site.
May 24-27 – Tour the best of Ventura County wineries at Rock of Vintages. A four day event featuring eight different wineries and seven local bands from May 24-27. Your $40 weekend passport gets you a flight of wine at each winery along with live music into the late hours of the night. Tickets for individual concerts (includes a glass of wine) are available for around twenty bucks. Sip and savor during the day, then rock out at night.
May 26 – On Sunday, Tender Greens Hollywood presents a whole roasted pig from ReRide Ranch and brews from Noble Ale works. Every chef at each Tender Greens location has a special “passion project” to share with the community, so Chef Eric Hulme will be sharing his passion for home brewing with the neighborhood by offering tastes of his own beer. Other upcoming events on the 4th Sunday of every month include Goat with beers from Cismontane, Lamb with beer from El Segundo Brewery, Boar with beer from Bootleggers Brewery, Game Birds (wild turkey, goose) with beers from Eagle Rock Brewing, and Oktoberfest with pig and Smog City Brewing. Tickets are just $45 and include unlimited pours. RSVP to email@example.com.
June 2 – The 33rd Annual Picnic des Chefs has a new theme: “Taste of the Club Culinaire” and takes place this year at Vasa Park in Agoura Hills. The chef-members will prepare delicious creations from their kitchens with the beautiful products of thier generous purveyors. Each dish will be paired with a wine from select vintners. Meet and greet the chefs, wine makers & purveyors of fine gourmet products. Proceeds will go to Childrens Hospital HOPE program and Concern Foundation for cancer research. Tickets are just $60 and can be purchased online.
June 6 – Barsha Wines and Spirits in Manhattan Beach hosts a Summer Wine Dinner with Made by Meg and Jada Winery. The 5 course menu will be paired with 5 wines from Paso Robles’ Jada Winery. The menu features items like Early Summer Nectarines with Buffalo Ricotta, Roasted Chipotle Brown Sugar Acorn Squash with Crispy Prosciutto over Baby Arugula, Pulled Osso Bucco over Seared Pecorino Polenta, Hand Carved Filet Mignon, and Cardamom White Chocolate Ganache. The dinner with pairing is $100.
June 8-9 – Roam the streets of Raleigh Studios in Hollywood at the LA Wine Fest. With your souvenir wine glass in hand, visit wineries from up and down the California Coast and at least 20 countries and taste over 500 excellent wines; check out the brews and spirits along the way; and be sure to drop by the lifestyle exhibitors and gourmet food trucks, take an educational class or two such as how to pair wines & cheeses; all while mingling with your friends and listening to great live music on this historic studio lot. And, the event benefits Food Forward so you’re helping a great cause. Tickets start at $50. Get them here.
June 16 – Lot 613 is hosting a Father’s Day “Collabrewtive” Brunch where you will be tantalized by leading Los Angeles craft brewers, coffee roasters and chefs—including coffee-flavored beers created specially for the event by each brewery and roaster. Presented by Firestone Walker Brewing Company and Food GPS, the Brunch will feature six stations showcasing brewery-roaster duos, as well as six food stations helmed by several of L.A.’s most talented chefs. Seating will be communal, with guests free to chart their own culinary adventure, at their own pace. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.
June 23 – It’s one of the best summer tastings in Los Angeles, the Rhone Rangers ride into town and take over the Vibiana. Taste from over 200 wines poured by more than 40 wineries. Food trucks in the courtyard will provide tasty treats for purchase to complement the wines. Bid on wine and wine-related items at the silent auction; proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rhone Rangers Scholarship Fund. Tickets are just $45 for unlimited tastings from 3-6pm.
June 29 – The 4th Annual LA Street Food Fest is back at the world famous Rose Bowl with more vendors than ever to bring you more world class, award winning Top Chefs and restaurants, your favorite gourmet trucks, street stands and carts, plus access to the Rose Bowl’s pristine field for stretching out and soaking up the sun! Sample signature bites from a curated selection of nearly 100 vendors. General admission is $50, VIP admission is $75 and includes that crucial early entry. More info and tickets on their web site.
July 20 – Zuri Wine, known for their educational and entertaining wine tours and events, is now offering what could be the most exciting trip of the summer for wine lovers on July 20th. Hop on a luxury coach headed for Los Olivos at 10am sharp. Along the way, you and your pals enjoy mimosas, a continental breakfast, and test your wine knowledge with fun, interactive wine games. Two hours later you unload in the quant wine country town of Los Olivos and head for Bacon and Barrels at Saarloos and Sons Field, where you enjoy an afternoon of bacon delights & pork belly bites from local chefs and restaurants. Pair the swine goodness with unlimited craft beers, local wine, bacon infused spirits and barrel aged bourbons. Tikets for the bacon event are sold out, so the only way to get tickets is on this bus. Buy your tickets now.
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