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Weekend Guide: Mitsuwa's Hokkaido Fair, Taste of Newport and Macarons!

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​Still don't have plans? Check out these food events. 

TODAY 

What: Featured items this time around include scallop stew buns, crab bento boxes, shrimp croquettes and ramen with three types of miso. Have you canceled your dinner plans yet? 
When: Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: Mitsuwa Marketplace, Costa Mesa
Cost: Free 

What: Thirty restaurants offer samplers of everything from barbecue seared ahi and tiramisu to prime rib and crème brulee. There'll be booze, music and an ABBA concert, too. 
When: Fri., 6-11 p.m.; Sat., 4-11 p.m.; Sun., 12-8 p.m. 
Where: Fashion Island, Newport Beach
Cost: $25

What: The Phoenix Club arguably puts on the most authentic Oktoberfest in Southern California. As for the food, think beyond pretzels and brats. They've got items like weisswurst, Strassburger wurstsalat, Bavarian-style potato salad, and, of course, plenty of German beer.
When: Fri., 6 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sat., 1 p.m.-12 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: The Phoenix Club, Anaheim
Cost: Free (this weekend only)

SATURDAY

What: The airy, meringue-like pastries make their debut at OC Wine Mart. Sample the pretty French confections, then wash them down with some wine and maybe a Lobsticle from Slapfish Truck, which will be parked outside.  
Where: OC Wine Mart, Irvine
When: Sat., 12-7 p.m. 
Cost: Free macaron sampling. Wine tasting is $10.   

SUNDAY

What: KCRW's third-annual pie bake-off. This event requires a trek to LA, but it's worth it because 1) pie! 2) our own Forker Dave Lieberman is a judge and 3) pie! While it's too late to enter pies, it's definitely not too late to eat them.  
When: Sun., 2-4 p.m.
WhereLos Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Los Angeles   
Cost: Free

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Carrion Fairy
Carrion Fairy

1.) A fair warning, the Mitsuwa "food fest" is about 4 stands. Still delicious though!

2.) Taste of Newport is fucking great if you have the cash. Get the VIP pass if you have the dough so you can relax beyond the crowds. Totally worth it, especially if you can "pre-game" a bit and save some money on the hooch.

3.) Fucking THANK YOU. The Oktoberfest in HB is a joke compared to this one. Its fun, authentic, and has great people around (the most important thing, next to the beer, that, even though is lacking a bit, is non-existent in the HB happening - "Yo bro? You got a problem?!"). They also have a great "German Mug Chug" competition that is a spectical to watch (and win!). I have to admit, I have never eaten there anything beyond a brats.

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