'Mac & Cheese Smackdown,' A Craft Bierfest & More Weekend Food Events
Just in case drinking $1 drinks for Repeal Day and Instagramming your favorite meals isn't enough to keep you busy this weekend, we rounded up a few more fun events for you to chow down and drink to your heart's content. From a huge craft beer festival with plenty of German-inspired bites to an epic Mac & Cheese Smackdown, here are some of our favorite weekend food events. And if you're looking for even more cool things to do this weekend, check out our super helpful Weekend Planner.
FRIDAY, DEC. 4 & SATURDAY, DEC. 5
Alpine Village Kraft Bierfest
More than just a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest, Torrance's Alpine Village will be hosting a huge two-day craft beer festival this weekend. The 4th annual Kraft Bierfest will feature over 100 hard to find taps and limited edition beers from more than 40 craft breweries—including Lost Abbey, The Bruery, Monkish and Allagash. The Alpine Steinhaus will also be serving up tons of delicious German-inspired food to pair with your beer. No lederhosen or dirndl dresses required—though who are we to stop you? The event takes place on Friday from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased here.
SATURDAY, DEC. 5
Meet the Makers — Artisanal Food And Beer Open House
Stateside Crafts specialty market in Long Beach will celebrate their first anniversary with a "Meet The Makers" open house featuring local artisanal food makers and brewers. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, visit the market for discounted flights of beer from the likes of Smog City Brewery, and sample from local spots like The Pie Bar, Long Beach Creamery, and Romeo Chocolates. There will also be raffles for prizes and a chance to chat with the makers.
This is one big tea party (via Facebook)
SATURDAY, DEC. 5 & SUNDAY, DEC. 6
The 5th Annual Los Angeles International Tea Festival
Head down to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo for this annual tea festival where you can sample some of the world’s finest teas. There will be classes throughout the weekend about the history, production and health benefits of tea, and you can also take special classes on how to pair tea with chocolates and even cheese. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days and daily general admission is $20, though some specific classes like the cheese and chocolate pairings cost extra. Tickets and more info can be found here.
Mac-O-licious (via Facebook)
SUNDAY, DEC. 6
Time Out Los Angeles' Inaugural Mac & Cheese Smackdown
Yes, you read that right. This Sunday, Time Out LA has invited some of the city's best purveyors of mac and cheese to bring creative takes on the comfort classic. And you get to be the judge of all that gooey, golden goodness. The contenders include some top notch spots like Hyperion Public, Mac-o-licious, Horse Thief BBQ, Nick & Stef's Steakhouse and more. Plus, each tasting will be paired with complimentary beer provided by Angel City Brewery and wine provided by Dark Horse. Admission is $30 (plus service charge) and you can choose between two sessions: noon to 2 p.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. As an added bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Best Friends Animal Society. The smackdown will take place at the L.A. River Studios in Glassell Park. More info and tickets can be found here.