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Weekend Eats: 626 Night Market, Ojai Wine Fest, a Bread Lecture & More

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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.

626 Night Market Returns: Our favorite Asian night market in L.A. returns this weekend, hawking some of the great street eats from Taiwanese and Chinese stalls, as well as a few Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, Indonesian, and Burmese dishes. The fest takes place at Santa Anita Paddock Gardens in Arcadia both days of the weekend. If you can't make it, there'll be two more installations on July 6-7 and August 3-4. Hours are from 4 p.m.- 12 a.m. on Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. Parking is free, and admission is $2 before 6 and $3 after. Check out their site for more info.

Ojai Wine Festival: This Sunday from noon- 4 p.m., Lake Casitas Recreation Area will turn into a food and wine free-for-all. Well, not really free. But it'll be lots of fun. Just a hop skip and a jump away from L.A. proper, there'll be 250 selections of wine, 15 craft microbrews, and plenty of local restaurants providing tastings all set with the serene backdrop of Ojai Valley. Tickets are $45 in advance for GA and $100 for VIP if purchased before the event. You can read up on who'll be serving on their site.

Bread Lecture with the Culinary Historians: If you love carbs, you'll want to haul your behind to this lecture. Author William Rubel of Santa Cruz will come down to talk about the ancient art of bread making at the Central Library on Saturday at 10 a.m. He's written The Magic of Fire: Hearth Cooking: One Hundred Recipes for Fireplace and Campfire and Bread, a Global History and is currently working on a book that covers the entire history of bread for the UC Press. You can find out more info on the free program here.

Taste of the Nation:For the past 25 years, the Taste of the Nation event has raised money for No Kid Hungry, and they're bringing back their food-filled charity event this Sunday to once again raise awareness and some serious cash.
The event will take place at Media Park in Culver City from 1-4 p.m. with tastings from top notch chefs from around L.A. Tickets are $160 for VIP, which includes a special tasting (hopefully including his famous thrice-cooked bacon) from 2013 James Beard “Rising Star Chef” award winner Danny Bowien of San Francisco and New York’s Mission Chinese Food. It's $110 for GA. And unlike many L.A. summer food events, this one is very kid-friendly given the cause; tickets are $25 for children ages 12-18, and children 12 and under are free. You can find out more info on who's cooking in our post here.