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Weekend Eats: Kentucky Derby, Craft Beer Fests, and Cinco de Drinko

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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.

LA Vegan Beer Festival: Every year craft beer lovers and meat-free eaters anxiously await the arrival of this brew fest. This time around the party has gotten so big that the its organizers have moved the event from the Roxy to the lot across Sunset Boulevard. The festival is put together by our favorite vegan blogger Quarrygirl and Golden Road Brewing's Tony Yanow, and features some of Cali's best craft breweries, vegan-friendly food trucks, and live music and entertainment. The long lines can be avoided by purchasing $40 tickets in advance. Not a bad deal for unlimited tastes and a heck of a good time.

Kentucky Derby at Willie Jane: Govind Armstrong and his team recently revamped Wolf in Sheep's Clothing on Abbot Kinney, turning it into Willie Jane, an eatery that focuses on down-home, low-country Southern cooking. This Saturday from 1-5:30 p.m. they'll open early for the Kentucky Derby, and will be serving up a bar menu that includes biscuits with short ribs, crispy Niman Ranch pig tails, and deviled eggs. You can also throw in an extra helping of do-goodery in while sipping on mint juleps; the restaurant will be collecting donations toward, benefiting victims of the recent tragedy in Boston.

Angel City Brewing Heritage Festival: This Downtown brewery quietly opened February, and will be hosting a more official grand opening party this Saturday. The food trucks will be rolling in to fete them, and there'll be live bands (and 10 Angel City brews) on tap. They'll also have an art show, and an official ribbon cutting. The event is free. Beer is not.

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Cinco de Mayo: Sunday marks Cinco de Drinko, and we have heaps of great goings-on that you can choose from to celebrate. Here's our roundup.