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Weekend Eats: Swine, Wine, Grub and Gambling

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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.

Bacon and champagne tasting: Wine Expo is hosting a tasting pairing 5 different wines with 5 different bacons this Saturday. Soarin’ Swine Mesquite Bacon, Apple Bottom Gene’s Plump Rump Cracked Pepper & Garlic Bacon, VooDoo Swine Blackened Louisiana Bacon, Montego Bay Jamaican Jerk Bacon, Lola’s Chipotle Bacon will be matched up with various French champanges, and served alongside assorted cheeses, nuts, olives, bread and crackers. The event runs $48 per person. Tickets and info for the Santa Monica-based event can be found here.

Breeder's Cup Taste of L.A.: The Breeders’ Cup marks the unofficial culmination of the thoroughbred-racing season this weekend with a full-on foodie event. Ten Los Angeles chefs and food vendors -- including the Gorbals, Heirloom L.A., Kogi, and Mo Chica -- will be cooking up a range of culinary offerings for gamblers to enjoy during the races on both Saturday and Sunday. Vouchers will be on sale at the ticket kiosks around the Kingsbury Fountain in $5, $10 and $15 increments for menu items ranging in price from $5-$15. More info can be found on the Breeder's Cup site.

Temecula Harvest Festival: On Saturday and Sunday in Temecula Valley, the wineries will celebrate the end of the fall harvest. With one affordable passport, guests get a chance to visit 35 Temecula Valley wineries on a self-guided tour, enjoying wine and barrel samples, delicious food pairings, and live entertainment. The event goes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Passports can be purchased here.