Don your lederhosen and get ready to raise a cruelty-free glass at Vegan Oktoberfest, the world’s first event to combine an authentic Oktoberfest celebration with an all-vegan menu. Due to the huge turnout at last year’s sold-out event, Vegan Oktoberfest has expanded to two days (12pm-5pm) at the spacious LA Center Studios in Downtown Los Angeles. The event, which will accommodate 3,000 guests per day, will feature live Oompah bands, Bavarian maidens, and of course, vegan craft beer poured by dozens of breweries. There will be stein holding contests, chicken dancing contests and costume contests. General Admission or VIP tickets come with a complimentary 14-ounce beer stein and unlimited beer sampling. In addition, many food vendors are creating exclusive menu items that are only available at Vegan Oktoberfest. A portion of the proceeds benefit Expand Animal Rights Now, an organization dedicated to using the legal system to help animals. For more information, visit the official website. LA Center Studios, 450 S. Bixel Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017, 323-459-2138.
BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood will host a tasting of 20 cult wines along with a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to sample Littorai B. A. Thieriot Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay, Screaming Eagle 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon and other selections. The cost is $650, inclusive. For more information, visit wineLA's website. BOA Steakhouse, Luckman Plaza, 9200 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069, 310-278-2050.
Los Angeles magazine's 10th annual culinary extravaganza, "The Food Event," will feature unlimited food and wine, plus panels and demonstrations with celebrity chefs. Participants will include Bestia, Faith & Flower and more. The event will take place from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Saddlerock Ranch in the Malibu Hills, home to Semler and Saddlerock wines. Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, visit The Food Event's website
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica will be hosting the Signature Chefs Auction featuring L.A. restaurant chefs, wineries and spirits purveyors. There will also be live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes. The cost is $450 per ticket ($1,000 per VIP ticket); the event begins at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Signature Chefs Auction's website. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-576-7777, 800-257-7544.
Whisky Live, the globetrotting whisky tasting and sampling event, will stop in Los Angeles at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. Admission ($129) includes a souvenir Glencairn tasting glass, full dinner buffet, live entertainment and access to whisky sampling. For more information, visit Whisky Live's website Whisky Live, Hollywood & Highland, 1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-856-1200, 1-800-235-6397.
Silverlake Wine offers “Blue Monday” wine tastings to take the edge off the beginning of the week. Participants enjoy samples of three wines along with farmhouse cheeses, olives and Heirloom LA bread. Price is $15 per person. The tastings run from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. each Monday evening. Silverlake Wine, 2395 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90039, 323-662-9024.
First & Third Mondays
At Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood, a wine and cheese tasting is held every first and third Monday of the month. The events, which takes place at the restaurant's casual Larder, run from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. and explore wine regions from around the world. The cost is $29 per person. Reservations are required; please call 310-806-6464 for more information. Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049, 310-806-6464.
West L.A.’s Il Moro continues its wine tastings, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring a selection of wines, accompanied by a generous offering of Italian finger foods. Price is $15 per person. Call for more information on featured wines. Il Moro, 11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064, 310-575-3530.
Whiskey Wednesdays at the Next Door Lounge in Hollywood feature guided tastings with pours of whiskies and Scotches, and custom-paired small bites. The events take place at 8 p.m. every Wednesday. Reservations are suggested. Next Door Lounge, 1154 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, 323-465-5505.
On the third Wednesday of every month from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Eagle Rock Brewery presents a Women's Beer Forum. The brewery's co-owner Ting Su will present a flight of four to six beers and host a discussion about each. Cost is $10-$20. Eagle Rock Brewery, 3056 Roswell St., Los Angeles, CA 90065, 323-257-7866.
Thursdays through Saturdays
Pasadena’s Le Petit Vendôme wine store offers tastings every Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., every Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and every Saturday beginning at 3:30 p.m. Each tasting features 10-15 wines. Apart from Thursdays, when each pour is $1, the price of each tasting varies. Call the store for pre-registration. Le Petit Vendôme, 906 Granite Dr., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-396-9234.
At Birch in Hollywood, chef Brendan Collins offers a three-course, prix-fixe Sunday Supper for $35 per person from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. All bottles of wine are also half off during Sunday Supper. Birch, 1634 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028, 323-960-3369.
Also consult GAYOT's listings of Los Angeles Culinary Events