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3 Ways To Eat And Drink 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.

Beer Belly's Anniversary Party: To celebrate their third year in the restaurant world, K-Town's greatest gastropub will be hosting big ol' party on Sunday. They'll be serving a special cask ale brewed with Noble Ale Works for the occasion, and Mexicali and Churro Borough will be providing eats in addition to their menu from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. There'll also be hosting a wing eating contest at 6 p.m., so come hungry. If you can't make it on Sunday, never fear; Beer Belly will be tapping special kegs starting today. Because every birthday should last at least a week, right? You can find out more info and RSVP here.

Gran Parillada at Hola Mexico Film Festival: It's getting to be that time of year when everyone busts out their BBQs and prepares to party. Exhibit A: the Hola Mexico Food Festival La Gran Parrillada. The event will take place at La Plaza de Cultura Y Artes on Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m., and will include traditional Mexican dishes from Sonora, 10 Guadalupe Valley wines, Banaconra liquor, beer and tequila, and lots of music. You can buy your $35 tickets here.

Vietnamese Brunch at Picnik: Chef Connie Tran is resurrecting her fabulous BEP Vietnamese Kitchen pop-up this weekend at Picnik in Pasadena, but this time instead of brunch, it's dinner. She's cooking a nine-course feast on Friday and Saturday, including dishes like deviled eggs with longan relish; roasted cauliflower with prawns and fenugreek; coconut molasses pork; and pineapple upside down cake with tamarind glaze. Cost is $55 per person and seating is limited. Dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. both nights. You can find out more info here.