To Do: Thai, Turkish and Beer Fests

Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, April 2-3.: Kicking off a busy weekend of eating is the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival, a two-day affair at the OC Fairgrounds packed with Turkish tastes. Expect lentils, kebabs, sarma, halvah and more at over 90 booths, plus live music, crafts and assorted festival fun. Visit anatolianfestival.org for more info.

L.A. Beer Festival, April 4-5: Drink:Eat:Play (of recent Cupcake Challenge fame) is laying its claim to hophead heaven with a weekend-long beer fest in Culver City. Represented breweries include, among many others, The Bruery, Allagash, Angel City and Sea Dog. Details at drinkeatplay.com/labeerfest.

Songkran Festival, April 5: Thai New Year shuts down Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday for a 12-hour celebration that includes blocks of food (including a curry competition) as well as music, boxing, crafts and more. Feast on event specifics at thainewyear.com/2009/en/.

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