Top 5 Weekend Food Events: FIG Sausage Fest, Feria de los Moles, Wine & Jazz Festival, BAM Fest + Planet Taco Talk

Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
Bratwurst with Sauerkraut
Anne Fishbein

FIG Inaugural Sausage Fest

Chefs Vartan Abgaryan (Public Kitchen), Greg Daniels (Haven Gastropub), Daniel Mattern (Cooks County), Bernhard Mairinger (BierBeisl) and Kris Morningstar (Ray's and Stark Bar) join FIG chef Ray Garcia to grill up their best homemade brats. Sides, snacks and beers from Smog City, Hopf Wheat and Noble Ale Works will be included.

WHAT: FIG Sausage Fest

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7, 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: FIG Santa Monica, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica

COST: $69

Rotary Club 5th Annual International Wine & Jazz Festival

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica hosts a day of grilled food, dozens of wineries and live jazz music, all on the beautiful Santa Monica beach.

WHAT: International Wine & Jazz Festival

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.

WHERE: Annenberg Community Beach House, 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica

COST: $100

5th Annual Feria de los Moles

Come taste more than a dozen homemade Mexican moles, ranging from sweet-savory to spicy. Enjoy a variety of classic dishes and entertainment from local artists.

WHAT: La Feria de los Moles (Mole Festival)

WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 7 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

WHERE: Olvera Street, 845 N. Alameda St., dwntwn.

COST: Free

BAM Fest (Beer, Art and Music Festival)

BAM Fest bills itself as the trifecta of all things fun: A celebration of locally produced art, local live music and California's finest craft beers. This year the festival features 35 breweries, four bands, three galleries, open artists' studios, an artist market and gourmet food trucks.

WHAT: BAM Fest

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 6, 1- 6 p.m.

WHERE: 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica

COST: $35-$45

Jeffrey Pilcher Discusses Planet Taco

The Angeleno love affair with tacos has been well documented. But when did we first begin eating tacos, and why? Food and history scholar Jeffrey Pilcher (also author of ¡Que vivan los tamales!: Food and the Making of Mexican Identity), explores this history, and other stories of Mexican cuisine's evolution, at a talk at USC. Come for the lecture, stay for the taco reception catered by Chichen Itza. Pilcher's new book is Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food.

WHAT: Jeffrey Pilcher Discusses Planet Taco

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 3 - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: University of Southern California, Leavey Auditorium Doheny Memorial Library, Room 240

COST: Free


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