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Top 5 Weekend Food Events: Tomato Battle SoCal, Bob's Big Boy, Ice Cream Class, Home Coffee Roasting, Taste of Abbot Kinney

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Tomato Battle SoCal

Put on your oldest, grubbiest red t-shirt for what promises to be Southern California's largest fruit fight. Throw tomatoes with wild abandon, but remember: All tomato acceleration such as water balloon launchers, tennis ball throwers and rackets are banned.

Where: L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona

When: noon - 9 p.m., Oct. 22

Cost: $59.99

Bob's Big Boy 2nd Anniversary

The in Bob's Big Boy in Downey -- the one with the gorgeous Googie architecture, rebuilt from the ashes of Johnie's Broiler (the fantastic Fat Boy sign is still in the parking lot) -- Festivities include a classic car show, a pin-up contest and a Hot Wheels race as well as $2.22 hamburger and fries.

Where: Bob's Big Boy, Downey

When: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oct. 22

Cost: $5 entry fee

Savory Ice Cream and Sorbet Class

Learn how to make frozen treats, from the fundamentals of creating ice cream and sorbet bases to more complex concepts like flavor pairings and utilizing produce from local farmers markets. And you get to take home one pint of each flavor. Reservations required: store@carmelaicecream.com.

Where: Carmela Ice Cream, Pasadena

When: 9 a.m. - noon, Oct. 22

Cost: $100

Home Coffee Roasting Class

Master roaster Ian Riley of LAMILL Coffee teaches you how to roast, brew and taste coffee using basic inexpensive stovetop equipment. Go home with your freshly roasted beans and a stash of green ones to with practice at home. Registration required.

Where: Institute of Domestic Technology, Altadena

When: 10 a.m. - noon, Oct. 23

Cost: $95

Taste of Abbot Kinney

Sample food from Gjelina, Hal's Restaurant & Bar, Joe's Restaurant, Lilly's French Cafe & Bar, Shima Sushi, Primitivo, Casa Linda and Lemonade at this annual benefit for Inside Out, a local nonprofit dedicated to bringing art to children.

Where: Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice

When: 3 - 6:30 p.m, Oct. 23

Cost: $60 - 100


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