Events & Festivals

33rd Annual Planned Parenthood Food Fare takes over Santa Monica today

With many various food events taking place over the city, it’s sometimes hard to find the ones that are worth attending. With a cooking demonstration by Julia Child many years ago, Planned Parenthood continues its annual food fare in Santa Monica Civic Auditorium today, March 8. Some of the notable restaurants and food establishments in the city take the lineup, including A.O.C, Waterloo & City, Angelini Osteria, Drago Centro, Salt’s Cure, Public Bar + Kitchen, Lucques, Clementine, Church and State, Ammo, and Craft.

Popular food trucks such as the Border Grill Truck and Grilled Cheese Truck will also serve up their popular dishes. The event is a great opportunity for foodies and supporters of Planned Parenthood to sample great food and drinks all in one place. There will also be an online and live auction of prizes, such as dream vacations.  Read More

‘Snack, Sip, and Surf’ at Pacific Edge Hotel’s The Deck

This Sunday

Join Pacific Edge Hotel’s The Deck restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA for the Snack, Sip, and Surf event on Sunday, March 11 from 2 PM – 5 PM as part of the four-day Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience. Providing an afternoon of fun, this event will host three competitions and proceeds go to Mauli Ola benefiting children with Cystic Fibrosis. Competitions include the contest for best taco – participating are Olamendi’s, Basement Table and La Sirena Grill, the signature cocktail competition – five local mixologists serve their signature cocktails to compete for the title and spot of Pacific Edge Hotel’s cocktail of the summer, and lastly is the paddleboard relay race. Winners for the taco and cocktail contests will be decided by guest votes. Tickets are $45 per person. Call 949-281-5709 to purchase. 647 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Golden Road Brewing celebrates its new cask brew with a beer festival

Supporting the Whole Planet Foundation

Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village will be releasing a new cask beer at a benefit and beer festival supporting the Whole Planet Foundation – a Whole Foods Market agency dealing with international poverty issues – on March 11 from 2 – 5 PM. Tickets include a souvenir glass (first 500 guests) and two beer tickets and can be purchased at the door or online for $20 per person (21+). Additional beer tickets can be purchased for $4. Read More

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Eat and drink at Laguna Beach Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest

Saturday, March 10 from 1 - 4 PM

Uncorked! An International Wine & Food Fest is heading to the Festival of Arts grounds in Laguna Beach on March 10, from 1 – 4 PM. This event, part of the four-day Laguna Beach a la Carte – A Food & Wine Experience, will allow attendees to taste samples from 25 international wineries and 24 local restaurants. General admission is $75 pre-sale (by 3/9/12) or $95 at the door. VIP tickets ($125) include a 10 AM wine seminar with Master Sommelier, Peter Neptune, and early admission to the Uncorked tasting event. For tickets call 800-595-4849 or purchase online. A portion of the proceeds benefits CHOC Children’s Hospital. Read More

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Over 30 wineries set to participate in Temecula’s World of Wine Weekend

March 3 - 4

The Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association, comprised of 30 wineries and 60 winemakers, presents the 21st Annual World of Wine Barrel Tasting Weekend on March 3 and 4. This event brings together over 30 Temecula wineries as they allow guests to barrel taste wines while providing food and wine pairings with select vintages. Ticket holders will receive a map and passport, good for entry at any of the participating wineries. Read More

A night of desserts and beer at Buzz wine beer shop

Suds & Sweets brought to you by Urban Food Crawl

On Friday, February 24 starting at 8 PM, Urban Food Crawl is teaming up with Buzzdowntown L.A., Courtesan Cupcakes, and Raw Bites for Suds & Sweets featuring dessert and beer pairings. Organizer Jen Bardekoff is expecting it to be a “fun event filled with beer and sweets.”

For $35 per person, guests will be served Chocolate Raspberry and Helluva Carrot Halva mini cupcakes by Courtesan Cupcakes and Lavender Lime and Peanut Butter Cup truffles by Raw Bites. Each dessert will be paired with beers from Germany, Japan and the U.S. chosen by the staff at Buzz. 460 South Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90013. Read More

Little Tokyo’s Far Bar to host New Belgium Brewing

Monday, February 13 at 7 PM

Far Bar in L.A.’s Little Tokyo is hosting Colorado based New Belgium Brewing for a night spotlighting the 2012 released of La Folie – a sour brown ale aged in French oak barrels. Additionally, New Belgium’s Beer Ranger, Dallas Byerley, will be on-site to educate enthusiasts on the brews. Read More

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Food GPS presents the Lamb Showdown: Pollack & Samson versus Manzke

Two vs. one?

On Monday, February 20 at 7:30 PM, three Los Angeles chefs will compete for $500 at Food GPS’ Lamb Showdown, host at Guelaguetza Restaurant in L.A.’s Koreatown. République’s Walter Manzke will battle it out with Sotto’s chef Zach Pollack and chef Steve Samson. Attendees will decide the winner(s) at the end of this six-course meal featuring American lamb – a showcase of the less mainstream meat. Organizer and Food GPS founder Joshua Lurie tells us, “most people are familiar with beef, chicken and pork, but lamb has its own unique benefits.” Read More

ColLAboration’s winter beer garden’s new date announced

Coming to downtown L.A.

Previously cancelled due to the Santa Ana winds, the mobile beer garden Winter ColLAboration is back on for February 26, from 12 PM – 5 PM. They’ll be at the Belasco Theater in downtown L.A. near the Metro Blue Line and bringing a “weather-proof, indoor late-winter wonderland”.

Breweries attending include Anchor Steam, Avery, Bootleggers, Bruery, Beachwood, Cismontane, Dogfish Head , Eagle Rock Brewery, Eel River, Firestone Walker, Hangar 24, Golden Road Brewing, Lost Abbey, New Belgium, Oskar Blues, Russian River, Sierra Nevada, Smog City, Stone, TAPS and more. Limited-edition Winter Fest Steins are $15 while supplies last.

Any 2011 ColLAb glasses can be used for admission; most beers will be $5 to $6. Your glass is your ticket and can be purchased at the event or you can choose from all of them on their site. 1050 S. Hill Street Los Angeles, CA 90015. 213-746-5670

LA Weekly’s 4th Annual Gold Standard Food & Wine Event

Featuring a selection of 40 restaurants curated by Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold

LA Weekly‘s 4th annual cuisine celebration, Gold Standard, returns to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold has selected his 40 LA restaurants which include Animal, Drago Centro, Little Dom’s, MB Post, Short Order and more for you to sample in one location. The Wine House will also be representing over 30 top-shelf wineries, all pouring their favorite vintages. Event is on March 4, from 1 to 5 PM. Tickets are $75 for general admission; $95 for VIP and available on January 26 at LA Weekly’s site. Door tickets will not be available. Read More

Firestone Walker’s ‘From the Barrel’ and ‘Invitational Beer Fest’

Two events coming up

Paso Robles, CA based craft brewery, Firestone Walker Brewing Co. has two big events for 2012. Read More

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Tickets for Coachella Wine Festival now on sale

February 23 - 26, 2012

The tickets for the four day (February 23 – 26) Coachella Wine Festival in La Qunita, CA held at the Embassy Suites La Quinta Hotel & Spa is now on sale. The event features a golf tournament, two-day grand tasting, two winemaker dinners, and a dessert soiree. Tickets range from $45 for single tickets to VIP all-event passes for $395 per person. 14 wineries will be present including: Ahnfeldt Wines, Foley Family Wines, Firestone Vineyard, Kristian Story Wines, and Summerland Winery. See the complete schedule. Read More

Take a self-guided tour of Temecula Valley wine country

March 3 - 4

Temecula Valley Winegrowers Association is hosting a two day wine event called “World of Wine,” on March 3 – 4 from 4:30 PM to 10 PM. For $89 ($99 after February 3) attendees can visit over 30 wineries tasting different wines from barrels, tanks, or bottles. The wines will be paired with food samples. Attendees will get a map plus a souvenir glass. Read More

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Pizza Port’s 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest

Benefiting the 'Keep A Breast Foundation' on February 11 from 12 PM to 5 PM

pizza port brewpub sign

The winners of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Large Brewpub and Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year”, Pizza Port in Carlsbad, CA will be having their 3rd Annual Brewbies Fest, a fusion of beer and boobies, on February 11 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, you don’t get any boobs with your ticket but it does come with four 6 oz. tasters, an “I Heart Boobies” bracelet, and a raffle ticket. Additional tasters and raffle tickets are $1 each.

Boobie Cupcakes, made with beer, and BBQ by Vince Marsaglia and Nate Soroko will also be featured. 100% of proceeds will benefit the Keep a Breast Foundation. There will be quite a few participating breweries featuring their beers as well as some special brews for the event. 571 Carlsbad Village Dr., Carlsbad, California 92008. Read More

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.’s ‘From the Barrel’ event: where beer meets port and bourbon

With a Prohibition theme

Paso Robles based and winner of 2011 Great American Beer Festival’s “Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year,” Firestone Walker Brewing Co., is throwing a party for beer fans eager to learn about ports and bourbons on March 30 from 7 PM – 10 PM at the Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA (about 200 miles outside of Los Angeles). Read More

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‘International Fiery Foods Challenge’ at the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

For the traveling foodies

More details are out for the 7th Annual Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show this January 14 – 15 at the Long Beach Convention Center for the “International Fiery Foods Challenge.” Offering a variety of tasty dishes to sample from around the world, interactive cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Stage, a cooking class, and learn helpful tips for foodies from your favorite travel personalities. Read More