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
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