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3 Ways To Eat Your Way Through The Weekend

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The weekend is so close you can practically taste it. Here are the edible events going on in the next few days to keep you occupied—and sated, for that matter.

LA Taco Festival: While basketball fans are reveling in the final rounds of March Madness, L.A. TACO's is amidst throwing the finale of Taco Madness. Throughout the past month, 32 great taco shops have been taking part in a bracket-style tournament. The winners will be announced today, and on Saturday there will be a full-blown taco fest to toast the winners. There'll also be cocktails by Brica Lopez and her team at Guelaguetza made with Sriracha vodka. So there's that. To find out more info, visit L.A. TACO.

Japanese Sweets Making: The Japanese American National Museum will be teaching a seminar on how to make modern and traditional Japanese desserts on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The offerings include anko (red bean paste), daifuku (the confection made with mochi and filled with anko), strawberry daifuku and more. Bring an apron, kitchen knife, cutting board, kitchen towel and two small containers. The cost is $75 for members, $85 for non-members, which includes admission and supplies. RSVP for one of 20 spots. Call (213) 625-0414 or download the pre-payment form here.

Jamie Oliver Cooking Classes: As part of a 40-week tour, Oliver's Big Rig has been traveling to underprivileged communities from Sacramento to San Diego, giving basic home cooking lessons to folks of all ages. Through April 28, cooks from around L.A. will be giving one-hour lessons on DIY pasta sauces, fajitas, pancakes, soups, risotto and even Japanese food. Parents who are bringing children must also register separately for their kids. The Big Rig will be at MLK Outpatient Center at 1670 E. 120th St. in South L.A. in front of the North Support Building. Info on how to register (you should do so 72 hours in advance) can be found here.