Welcome to the Weekend. The LA Food and Wine Festival invades Los Angeles with a series of weekend long events, drink beer at the Zoo, or drink wine outdoors. Head to Chinatown for live music and yummy eats, see a move outdoors, or take a vegan food tour. Grab the kids and enjoy cold Watermelon over the hot weekend or gorge on ribs at Lucques. Sounds like you have some planning to do.
Friday, August 10
Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival
Los Angeles (Fri-Sun)
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.
Brew at the Zoo
Griffith Park (6-10pm)
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.
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 11
Chinatown Summer Nights
Los Angeles (5pm midnight)
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.
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: Terminator
Los Angeles (7:30pm)
Bring your blankets, drinks and picnic dinner for this Hollywood screening below the stars! This weekend, catch the Govenator’s sci-fi thriller, Terminator. Admission is $10, parking is also available for $10. Get your tickets here.
Street Food Cinema: Alice in Wonderland
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: The Artist
Orange County (5:30pm)
Eat|See|Hear moves it’s outdoor cinema beyond the Orange Curtain this weekend. Complete with live music and food trucks. Doors open at 5:30, with live music by Hedgehog Swing and Ultimate Bear Hug at 7pm, then the movie starts at 8:30 sharp. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
Sunday, August 12
Lucques’ Rib Roundup
Los Angeles (12-9:30pm)
Chef Suzanne Goin and Sommelier Caroline Styne host their Summer Rib Fest at Lucques, featuring a feast of slow-cooked ribs, hot wings, and sides. A week of preparation goes into the smoking of pork, beef and lamb ribs, spreading the lure of wood smoke throughout the neighborhood and attracting a growing swell of Rib Fest Groupies for the annual BBQ celebration. The family style menu features generous portions of Saint Louis Style Pork Ribs; Braised Beef Back Ribs; Spicy Lamb Spare Ribs and “Too-Hot-To-Handle” Chicken Wings. Sides of Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Long-Cooked Greens and Grilled Cornbread are included along with a mouth watering Peach Cobbler with Strawberries and Buttermilk Ice Cream. Cost is $55 per person, and reservations are required. 323-655-6277
51st Annual Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival
Sunland (Fri-Sat, 12-10pm)
Enjoy delicious free watermelon to cool down on hot summer days at the Sunland-Tujunga Watermelon Festival. Featuring Watermelon carving displays, watermelon cooking demonstrations, watermelon eating contests, seed spitting contests, and the Watermelon Festival’s King, Queen and Royal Court Coronation. An International food court with dining tent, bazaar marketplace, beer garden, carnival rides, arcade games, live entertainment and more. Every admission includes a free spin on the Watermelon Wheel. Tickets are $5, more info here.
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 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.
August 26 – LA’s best chefs are getting together for the cities first Fried Chicken Fest. Baco Mercat’s Josef Centeno, M.B. Post’s David LeFevre, Mozza’s Matt Molina, Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill, Bryant Ng of Spice Table, Jitalda’s Jazz Singsanong, and Mo-Chica and Picca chef Ricardo Zarate will unite with Marcel Vigneron and Haru Kishi at The Coop, operating out of the former home of Gonpachi on La Cienega. Josh Goldman of Mess Hall will be creating cocktails with Knob Creek, Pour Vous’ David Fernie will DJ, and Firestone is providing the beer. Tickets are $45.
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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