Next weekend, of course, is Halloween: a day of costumes, creepiness, and your annual over-consumption of cringe-inducing candy like Necco wafers and lime lollipops.

This weekend, do yourself and your taste buds a favor and head for Artisanal L.A., a consortium of 75+, local, food-centric crafters.  Categories include “Baked Goods” (Cake Monkey‘s “Banana Cream Cakewich” is only available at Artisanal L.A.), “Chocolate/Confections” (Plush Puffs artisanal chocolate marshmallows for Best. S’mores. Ever), “Meat, Sausage & Dairy” (four words: Cajun Small Batch Bacon from Cast Iron Gourmet),  and “Oil, Vinegar, Pantry” (a variety of for-sale pickles, a “super-exciting pickle-making demonstration” and a “super-exciting bonus” of grilled cheese and BACON-JAM sandwiches from Chicks With Knives.  Ms.  Go Go is absolutely super-excited!!!)   There will be countless other samples and choices, of course, including full-on food options from The Oaks Gourmet and Homegirl Cafe but in Ms. Go Go’s opinion, you really can’t go wrong with pork and sugar.   (Ahem.  Ms. Go Go did not suggest no sweets this weekend…just good sweets.)

Those wanting beer with their bites (okay, that’s probably most of you, Go Go’ers) will be happy to learn that both of L.A.’s breweries (Nibble Bit Tabby Brewery and Eagle Rock Brewery) will represent beer craftiness at the food fest (and on a Beer Chicks-moderated panel).  Olive-y items from the Olive Press will be a nice nibble for the Biodynamic Wine Pairings demo and tasting with Chef Joseph Gillard of Napa Valley Grille.  And if your tastes tend towards the Slavic, you’ll want to show up for Christopher Klapp and Chef Ben Bailly‘s Petrossian Sustainable Caviar demo and tasting with some Tru Organic vodka in hand.  The super-sustainable spirits producers claim that drinking two ounces of their vodka, gin and/or rum makes you carbon-neutral for the day so you’ll obviously want to toast their eco-efforts often.

Ms. Go Go suggests attending the Common Thread “hand-sewn egg cozy” workshop before attempting carbon neutrality.

Ready?  U Know U Want 2 Go Go….

Artisanal L.A.

Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24 from 11AM – 6PM

Cooper Design Space

11th Floor Penthouse

860 South Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles 90014

$10 (online) – $15  (at the door if available)