Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Pickle Pop-Up, Chili Cookoff, Epicurean Festival, Craft for Crap, Pancake Breakfast

Sambo's: Pancakes

LA Weekly Pancake Breakfast

Sure, we're pimping ourselves here, but tix are still available for this Jonathan Gold-curated pancake sampling. It includes 20 eateries, everything from the classic flapjacks of Original Pancake House to the maximalist okonomiyake of the Glowfish truck.

Where: Vibiana

When: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 28

Cost: $25 (buy tix here)

Pop-Up Pickle Shop

Join Chicks with Knives for a day of pickled appetizers, drinks, door prizes and a pickle-making demo at 1 p.m. Pickle varieties include Southern-style watermelon rind, classic sauerkraut, pub shallots, golden beet, smoky okra and more. (Their Bacon Jam will also be available for sale.)

Where: Atwater Village Farmers Market

When: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 28

Cost: $10 (buy tix here)

Hi-Time's 5th Annual Charity Chili Cookoff

Listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd cover bands and sample the wares at approximately 30 different chili booths at this annual cookoff that raises money for the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area. Our favorite tiki bar, Tiki Ti, will be competing.

Where: Hi-Time Wine Cellars: 250 Ogle St., Costa Mesa

When: Noon - 5 p.m., Aug. 28

Cost: $10 (buy tix here)

Los Angeles Epicurean Festival

Try over over 500 gourmet samples of food, wine and booze as you wander from cooking and cocktail demos hosted by local chefs and bartenders.

Where: The Sofitel

When: noon-6 p.m., August 28

Cost: $75, regular; $100, VIP (buy tix here)

Craft for Crap

Friends don't let friends drink crap beer. Bring your Coors Lite, PBR tallboys and other cheap, mass-produced beers to Beer Belly, where you can trade them in for a $0.01 glass of Cismontane. Your choices: Citizen (Steam Lager), Black's Dawn (Imperial Stout) or Coulter IPA. (More details here.)

Where: Beer Belly

When: Aug. 28

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