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Weekend Eats: L.A. Food And Wine, 1/2 Off Brunch At Rivabella, And An Avocado Fest

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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.

L.A. Food And Wine Festival:The annual Food And Wine Fest kicked off last night with a star-studded red carpet and an epic DJ ?uestlove. The party continues throughout the weekend with appearances from rock star chefs Thomas Keller, Giada De Laurentiis, Masaharu Morimoto, Grant Achatz, Duff Goldman, and Scott Conant, among others.But it's not just the culinary elite that will be involved; there's also going to be some musical badassery in attendance. Ziggy Marley is teaming up with chef Ben Ford of Culver City's Ford's Filling Station highlighting the relationship and passion each have for using local and sustainable ingredients, and there'll be a performance from platinum recording artist Gavin DeGraw at the Grand Tasting on Saturday. You can snag your tickets here.

1/2 Off Brunch At Rivabella: This Sunday, August 25, RivaBella is 86ing it's brunch, which would be a big time bummer if Gino Angelini and his team weren't offering a huge discount to say goodbye. The Northern Italian restaurant will offer your morning meal which includes a porchetta carving station, wood oven-roasted whole salmon and various charcuterie and cheeses, for $22 per person. The final brunch bash will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can opt for bottomless mimosas or bloodies if you so choose, but be sure to make a reservation beforehand by ringing up (310) 278- 2060 or visiting their site.

Avocado Festival at Angel City Brewing: Living in California, it's hard to deny the glory of the avocado, even if they are a little puny this season. But did you ever think about having it in your beer? Brewer Dieter Foerstner of Angel City Brewery did. And now it's on offer at their Arts District tasting room. Foerstner's new beer beer featuring nature's butter will be available at the brewery's Avocado Festival this Saturday from 1 to 7 p.m. Many food trucks with avo-themed dishes including avocado popsicles will be on hand, and they'll host a guacamole contest for guests and attendees. You can find out more info here.