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L.A. Food Events Worth Nibbling On: September 12 Edition

A guide to the upcoming week's most delicious happenings

Oktoberfest Boot Camp at Wirtshaus – 9/13 - 14
Break out your dirndls and lederhosen a couple weeks early at Wirtshaus’s Pre-Oktoberfest Boot Camp. Friday night kicks off with a full beer stein-holding contest, while Saturday features a seven-man, seven-minute sausage-eating competition. Boot camp contest winners get a $75 gift certificate to Wirtshaus, and the attendee with the best Bavarian-inspired outfit wins bragging rights. More information.

Food GPS Fried Chicken Festival in the Arts District – 9/15
Move over, waffles. The L.A.-based Web site Food GPS is inviting 11 chefs to the downtown Arts District's Lot 613 to share their unique riffs on fried chicken, like chef Jason Neroni’s sandwich topped with jalapeno pimento cheese and pickled heirloom tomatoes. Sugarbloom Bakery and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams will provide dessert, while Walker Brewing Co. will pour craft beers. Pre-sale tickets and more information.

Umami Burger Block Party in the Arts District – 9/15
Join Umami Burger, Nola’s, Pie Hole, and Angel City Brewery, among others, as they roll out the burgers, beer, and jazz to celebrate Umami’s new Arts District location. Admission is free and a portion of proceeds will benefit the Inner-City Arts Foundation. More information.

Timothy Hollingsworth Taqueria Pop-Up at Shade Hotel – 9/15
This Sunday Former French Laundry chef Timothy Hollingsworth hosts a cocktail pop-up at Shade Hotel. The event will serve as a sneak peak at his new taqueria concept and feature tray-passed tacos, salads, house-made salsas, and specialty cocktails. Reservations required. More information.

Mexican Independence Day at Tortilla Republic – 9/16 -17
Come celebrate Mexico's 203rd Independence Day (which, by the way, is not what Cinco de Mayo is all about) with $2.03 tacos and a $20.30 two-course prix-fixe menu at Tortilla Republic. Stop by for the sweet potato hibiscus flower tacos; stay for the hurache filete and crispy corn flatbread. More information.