Eating + Drinking

8 Unique Food and Drink Events to Shake Up the Rest of September

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Looking to seriously liven up your culinary calendar with something interesting in September? Eat, drink, and most definitely be merry at our favorite food and drink events for the ninth month of the year. And since summer sticks around for a while here, many of them take place outside in the perfectly temperate L.A. weather. Bon appétit!

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Antoni in the Kitchen
Antoni Porowski, the sweet food and wine expert on Netflix’s Queer Eye, has gone beyond the straight guy’s kitchen to teach everyone and anyone how to cook with his new cookbook, Antoni in the Kitchen. To see the man in action, taste his recipes, and get a book signed (and at least one good selfie for Instagram), check out this special meet-and-greet at Second Home Hollywood on September 19, 7–9 p.m. at 1370 North St Andrew’s Place.; on September 21, 1–3 p.m., he’ll do the same at Barnes & Noble in the Grove, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K

Pasadena Greek Fest
For more than 50 years, the St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church has invited everyone to indulge in Greek dishes like pastitsio, spanakopita, grilled lamb, honey-drenched loukoumades, and other desserts. The days and nights are filled with dancing, live music, and more. Admission is $4 for adults (kids 12 and under get in for free). Food and drink are pay-as-you go—taking home an extra box of cookies and pastries is pretty much mandatory. September 20, 5–10 p.m., and September 21 and 22, noon–10 p.m.; St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church, 778 South Rosemead Boulevard, Pasadena

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Sunset & Dine
Celebrate Hollywood in all its glory at this casual evening affair on the campus of Columbia Square, right next to the Palladium. Tickets ($50) includes bites and sips from restaurants in the neighborhood, among them Cleo, 25 Degrees, and Wood & Vine, plus entertainment from Amoeba Music. Bring the kids: Children 12 and under get in for free. September 26, 6–9 p.m.; Columbia Square, 6121 Sunset Boulevard

Whiskey and Barrel Night
Lovers of brown spirits convene at the Majestic for a night of sipping, swirling, and sampling the best whiskeys and barrel-aged spirits from around the world. Tickets ($99 for general admission and $150 for VIP, which gets early entry and includes a one-year subscription to Whisky Advocate Magazine) include a dinner buffet and live music. You get to keep your fancy glass, too, but after unlimited sampling, it’s a little too easy to forget it. September 27, 6–9 p.m.; Majestic Downtown, 650 South Spring Street

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L.A. Beer Fest
More than 200 beers, 80 breweries, and a dozen food trucks come together at the Los Angeles Center Studios for this annual fall brew-haha. Listen to live music and DJs, or find yourself fully entertained by the on-site dueling piano bar. Or just sip and sample as many suds as possible (but don’t go overboard). General admission is $45, but upgrade to the connoisseur ticket for air-conditioned bathrooms and a cool elevated deck to watch all the happenings below. September 28, 4–6 p.m.; L.A. Center Studios, 1201 West 5th Street

The Upside Down Beer Fest
Inspired by the bingeable Netflix show, this Stranger Things–dedicated beer fest has your Hawkins-themed hops covered. There will be arcade games, ’80s music, a creepy Upside Down–like basement, and all the waffle references you could want (including an Eggo porter on tap and a waffle shop). September 28, 1–5 p.m.; Globe Theatre Los Angeles, 740 South Broadway

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Gelato Festival
No need to head to Italy for gelato when the top gelato artisans come to you. This roving frozen treat festival takes over the Pacific Design Center for two days, bringing all the gelato that’s fit to eat, plus classes, scooping contests, and more. Taste all the flavors—once, twice, it doesn’t matter—and vote on a favorite to head to the gelato world masters event in 2021. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under. September 28 and 29, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

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Los Angeles Chocolate Salon
Anyone addicted to chocolate, or at least having a passing fancy, can learn everything there is to know about chocolate at this annual gathering. Taste fine artisan and gourmet chocolates, meet local chocolatiers and confectioners, learn how to make chocolates in your own home—it’s all here. There’s even Chocolate Television, but you’ll need to go to find out more about that. September 29, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Pasadena Center, Conference Building, 300 Green Street, Pasadena