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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: LA BBQ Festival, Cevapcici Festival, Dinner in the Exploding City, Trevor Project Benefit, Vietti Wine Dinner

A pile of sausages at the 2009 LA BBQ Festival.
A pile of sausages at the 2009 LA BBQ Festival.

3rd Annual LA BBQ Festival

Admission covers all you can eat from nine of the nation's top pitmasters including LC's (Kansas City), Bourbon Q (Kentucky), Hitching Post (Santa Maria) and Memphis Championship Barbecue (Las Vegas). 24 beers on tap including Bruery, Lagunitas and Lost Abbey.

When: Sep. 9 - 11; divided into five sessions

Where: Santa Monica Beach

Cost: $60 (buy tix here)

San Pedro Cevapcici Festival

Celebrate the "uniquely Balkan character" of San Pedro with food, music and dance. The name, cevapcici, refers to a grilled sausage dish that's popular in Serbia, Bosnia and neighboring countries.

When: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sep. 10

Where: Angels Gate Cultural Center

Cost: Free admission

Dinner in the Exploding City

If you've never heard food writer and culinary historian Charles Perry speak, you're in for a treat. Here, he'll discuss LA's pre-Hollywood era from 1830 to 1930, when the city's restaurants were mostly Mexican or French and cafeterias and theme restaurants were born.

When: 10:30 a.m., Sep. 10

Where: Los Angeles Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium

Cost: Free

Trevor Project Benefit

On Sunday, Fresheast will donate 30% of the day's proceeds to The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention effort targeted to LGBTQ youth.

When: Sep. 11

Where: Fresheast

Cost: cost of food

Vietti Wine Dinner

This five-course dinner features paired wines from Italy's Vietti family, which has been making Piedmont wines for nearly two centuries. Courses include roasted veal with tuna sauce, traditional Piemontese ravioli and red wine and radicchio risotto.

When: Sep. 12

Where: Ombra Ristorante (Studio City)

Cost: $85 (includes wine pairings)

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