Welcome to the Weekend. Kick it off early at Expo Wine with a bacon and bubbly tasting, or enjoy sipping wine as the sun sets in Los Feliz and Malibu. Grab the family and head for the corn festival or an outdoor movie. Food lovers can enjoy a pork pig out in the OC, the LA Taco Festival or an Urban Food Crawl. Finish it off with brunch at LA Weekly’s Pancake Breakfast in Downtown Los Angeles. Go ahead, you deserve it.
Friday, August 3
Bacon & Bubbly Tasting
Santa Monica (5pm-midnight, Fri & Sat)
Come experience the mystical bond between top shelf sparkling wine and the glorious meat candy known as artisanal Bacon at Wine Expo. They’re serving up Maplewood Smoked Cinnamon Bacon, Boss Hog Honey BBQ Rubbed Bacon, Hog Heaven Peppered Country Bacon, Bac’n Tastes Good Sun Dried Tomato Bacon and Lola’s Chipotle Bacon which will be served with assorted cheeses, nuts and their famous Orgasmo de la Boca smoked olives. They will pair each plate up with generous pours of five quite diverse examples of VERY fine fizz. Tickets are $48.
64th Annual La Habra Corn Festival
La Habra (Fri-Sun)
Food, rides, games, music and fun for the Whole Family at the La Habra Corn Festival. Meet Miss La Habra and her court when you purchase raffle tickets for a New Car or other great Prizes. Enjoy hot buttery Corn on the Cob, great sandwiches, sweet warm funnel cakes and other tasty treats. And be sure to visit the new Corn Festival Marketplace.
Barnsdall Wine Tasting Fridays
Los Feliz (5:30-8:30pm)
Unwind and enjoy the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park as the sun is setting, from the gated gardens in the West Lawn of the historic Hollyhock House. Silverlake Wine will present four selections of boutique, small production, artisanal wines from around the globe. This week will feature DJ Dan Wilcox of KCRW and delicious food from Heirloom LA, Let’s Be Frank, Gastrobus and Coolhaus. Tickets are $25, or $5 for kids and designated drivers. More info here.
Malibu Family Wines
Live music is back at the Malibu Family Wines tasting room. Grab a picnic basket and a bottle of wine from their tasting counter and enjoy live music in the beautiful hills of Malibu. The music starts on Friday night from 7-9pm and continues through the weekend. Shows are free and are 21 and over only. No outside wine is allowed, but they have plenty of great wines available at the tasting room. For a full list of showtimes check out their calendar.
Saturday, August 4
LA Taco Festival
Los Angeles (12-8pm)
Held in the heart of Boyle Heights, the LA Taco Festival brings together the community, musicians professional artists, food vendors, businesses and Angelinos of all kinds. Try some of the tastiest taco vendors that Boyle Heights and East LA have to offer. Grub on tacos from La Barca Grill & Cantina, Candela Taco Bar & Lounge, Daniel’s Tacos, El Tepeyac Café, Pinches Tacos, Ricos Tacos and Tacos El Gallito. Not to mention the numerous local taco vendors within walking distance. This event is free, but bring some cash for lots of tacos. You can also take the Metro Gold Line right to Mariachi Plaza, ándale!
Downtown Los Angeles Food Tour
Los Angeles (2pm)
Discover the best, most delicious vegan dishes while taking in the captivating beauty of historic Downtown LA on the Urban Food Crawl. Your afternoon tour begins at Angels Flight at the bottom of Bunker Hill and winds through the Historic Core. Highlights include: Unique, vegan tacos from Chef Robert Luna, featured in Chef Magazine for his creative vegan versions of traditional Mexican dishes. Delicious artisan pizza featuring local, organic, and seasonal ingredients. A popular vintage diner featured on Food Network’s, “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”. Tasty baked goods from the famous Babycakes NYC. Tickets are $65.
Cemetary Screenings: Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
Bring your blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this Hollywood screening below the stars! This weekend, catch the Billy Wilder classic, Sunset Blvd. Admission is $10, parking is also available for $10. Get your tickets here.
Street Food Cinema: Bridesmaids
Exposition Park (5:30pm)
It’s time for Street Food Cinema, the swankiest summer fest featuring cool outdoor movies, tasty food trucks and live music in Los Angeles. Bring a blanket, the family, the dog, and a picnic. Outside food and beverages are welcome. Food will also be available for purchase from food trucks. Tickets are $10 per person. Get more info and tickets here.
Eat|See|Hear Presents: Purple Rain
North Hollywood (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear moves it’s outdoor cinema moves to No Ho this weekend. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music by Act As If at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
Sunday, August 5
2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast
Downtown Los Angeles (11am-2pm)
LA Weekly Presents the 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast at the historic Vibiana in DTLA. Curated by guest host Chef Fred Eric, attendees will enjoy an exclusive mix of the best breakfast treats Los angeles has to offer. Tickets are just $30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project Angelfood. .
Newport Beach (12-4pm)
Bobby Navarro of 100eats100days.com and Chef Amar Santana of Broadway in Laguna Beach will be paving the way of culture and class with this inaugural pig-centric social. Pigout 1.0 features tastes of pork from 15 of the best chefs in Orange County. Plus, sip inspirational cocktails from some of the best craft cocktail bars. Tastes, beverages, and parking included in ticket price. Presale tickets are $75, and can be purchased through noon on Friday. Then tickets at the door are available for $90. They also have VIP tickets available for $100 and include an hour early entry. More info and tickets here.
Santa Monica Food Tour
Santa Monica (2pm)
Urban Food Crawl is thrilled to announce a brand new tour location that will expand their food tours to the Westside. On Sunday, July 22nd, they will debut their Santa Monica crawl, a walking tour that will stop at five eateries to taste a variety of delicious vegan eats, from avocado tacos to nachos to cupcakes. Highlights on the tour include modern Mexican fare from Food Network’s “Too Hot Tamales,” Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, tasty and unique raw food bites, and amazing vegan cupcakes from one of the first all-cupcake bakeries in the U.S. Tickets are $65 and can be .
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.
Sunday Suppers at Cecconi’s
An elegant Sunday Supper that will feed up to four for just $50? Cecconi’s in West Hollywood has you covered. Chef Andrea Cavaliere brings classic Italian comforts such as wood-oven fired artisanal pizza, a hearty bowl of pasta and seasonal salad to the dinner table on Sundays at Cecconi’s – all with a sophisticated setting and price that’s hard to beat. Wine specials include a bottle of house red or white for $25. And if you have an additional guest in your group, add a pizza or pasta for just $12.50.
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 (6-11 p.m.)
Travel back in time to the glamorous days of Hollywood’s golden age of nightclubs every Sunday 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.
Wine Pairing Wednesday at Upstairs2
West LA (7:30 p.m.)
Upstairs 2, located above the massive Wine House, offers a four-course dinner prepared by chef Todd Barrie every Wednesday, paired with four wines from around the world selected by sommelier Marilyn Snee. Each week will showcase a different wine region, and there will be a brief discussion of each wine and its pairing. The cost is only $55 per person. Make your rezzy here.
August 10 – LA’s Second Annual Brew at the Zoo features beers from some of the area’s best breweries like Firestone Walker, Golden Road, El Segundo Brewing Co, Cistamonte, Black Market, and more; plus live bands, comedians from the Laugh Factory, and yummy grub. Tickets are $40 for pre-sale or $45 at the door. Designated driver tickets are also available for $20. Tickets get you 12 pours of 4.5 ounce beer samples. Animal highlights include elephants, koalas, and apes. Plus, visit the new Living Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Reptiles exhibit.
August 11 – Part food event, part summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot for Angelenos this August. Taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on, Chinese cultural activities presented by local organizations and museums; sip on Chinese beer and dance in Central Plaza with 89.9 KCRW’s DJ’s.
August 9-12 – The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival returns to LA for a series of culinary events from August 9 through the 12th. It starts with a series of Chef hosted lunches and dinners on Friday at some of the best restaurants in LA. On Saturday and Sunday, hit up a number of food, wine and cooking demos and the Grand tasting at LA Live. A full list of events and pricing can be found on their web site.
August 18 – The annual LA Craft Beer Crawl returns to DTLA. Enjoy well over 50 craft beers to sample across 7 different unique bars and restaurants all within walking distance in Downtown Los Angeles. The event is a collaboration between Cedd Moses of 213 Ventures Inc., and Hallie Beaune and Christine Perozzi also known as “The Beer Chicks.” The beer selection will be curated by The Beer Chicks, beer personalities and authors of The Naked Pint: The Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. Tickets start at $54 with VIP early entry running $74, plus beer seminars for $15. Get your tickets, soon. This event always sells out!
August 26 – The Los Angeles Epicurean Festival brings together culinary specialties and extraordinary wines & spirits, under one roof in a fantastic historic LA venue. Attendees will be able to pair and compare, taste and take home their favorite selections. Live entertainment, mixology and food demonstrations will be offered by LA’s top chefs. Their oenologists will explain how to taste and recognize great wines, as well as a competition with top LA chefs! Discover over 500 boutique wines and spirits, cheeses, spices, coffee & teas, charcuterie, olive oils, mushrooms, organic chocolate, meat, fowl, fish, produce, and much more. There will be two delicious sessions: 3-6pm and 7-10pm to ignite your taste buds and arouse your love of wine. Tickets are $75.
September 1-3 – THE TASTE, Los Angeles Times’ annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene, is a three-day gastronomic adventure being held at The Studios at Paramount. Reflecting The Times’ award-winning coverage of all things edible, the five events will highlight distinct aspects of food culture in Southern California. Each will feature unlimited food and drink tastings from more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants, along with a selection of cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars and panel discussions. Tickets are on sale now at latimes.com/THETASTE. A limited quantity of specially-priced TASTE weekend passes, providing access to all five events, is available now for $185 and single-event tickets are $50.
November 10 – Wine Riot is your all access pass to hundreds of new wines. With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor — it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Travel the world of wine all under one roof and tackle things you’ve never tried before. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The best part is, they made an app that tracks your favorite wines and shows you where to buy them later.
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