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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Gyoza Contest, Taste of Brews, Nibble Bit Tabby, Gourmet Music Carnival, Cookbook Sale

It will take a lot of these to fill the winner's belly at the Gyoza Eating Championship
It will take a lot of these to fill the winner's belly at the Gyoza Eating Championship

World Gyoza Eating Championship

As part of Nisei Week, the world's top competitive eaters converge in Little Tokyo for this speed eating contest. Gyoza Eating Championship, which takes place during the Nisei Week Japanese Festival. 100-pound Sonya Thomas faces Pat Bertoletti, the #2 ranked eater in the world, in a 10-minute, all-the-gyoza-you-can-eat showdown.

When: 1:30 p.m., August 20

Where: Japanese American Cultural & Community Center Plaza

Cost: Free

Taste of Brews

Sample 100 beers from 50 local, regional and international breweries like New Belgium Fat Tire, Hangar 24, Belmont Brewing Company, Hobgoblin and more. The all-inclusive admission includes unlimited craft beer tastes and food samples.

When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., August 20

Where: Lighthouse Park near the Aquarium of the Pacific

Cost: $40, general; $50, VIP; $15, designated driver.

Nibble Bit Tabby 1-Year Anniversary

Nibble Bit Tabby, which just opened its tasting room, is throwing itself a party. And why not? Someone has to buck the tedious trend of overhopped IPAs.

When: 4 p.m. - 1 a.m., August 20

Where: Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery

Cost: cost o' beer

Gourmet Music Carnival

Lobster tacos, mini mac 'n' cheeses, Japanese hand rolls, sliders and performances by local bands like The Hangmen, Broken Numbers and Letting Up Despite Great Faults. Vendors will be selling indie crafts, vintage wares and art. Also, look for Joel Black's open mixology bar serving cocktails.

When: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., August 21

Where: L.A. State Historic Park

Cost: $12/16, general; $50, VIP.

Used Cookbook Sale

The Culinary Historians of Southern California host this annual sale of cookbooks, recent and vintage. Come early for the best selection.

When: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. (or until they run out of cookbooks), August 21

Where: Hollywood Farmers Market

Cost: Free


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