It is going to be another crazy Saturday in Hermosa Beach as the South Bay’s largest Surf Festival, Spyder Fest, goes on from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. at Pier Plaza. The day kicks off with the Surfers Walk of Fame induction ceremony followed by live music, fashion shows, interactive booths and giveaways (which are always awesome). This year they have added something new: The LA Surf Awards, which will be presented at 3 p.m. at Hermosa Pier Plaza. When things wind down at 7 p.m., festivities will continue at the official Surf Fest Post Party at Watermans. VIP wristbands will be issued during the day at the restaurant for express entry and food and beverage discounts.
Akbar Indian restaurant on Aviation in Hermosa certainly has one of the more creative events going on Sunday. They are hosting a Pac-12 loyalty party in the afternoon where they will be pairing 6 South African wines with special gourmet appetizers of their terrific food. It's $35 which also gets you a $10 gift certificate for your next visit and, if you wear your USC hat or UCLA jersey, you'll get another $5 knocked off. There will also be a wine consultant there to teach guests how best to pair certain wines with certain dishes. This seems like a great way to bond over your favorite college teams while eating and drinking well, and you can go here for the scoop. The people at Akbar promise the food and wine will be flowing straight through from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. so this also definitely looks like a place for any foodies to get their groove on this weekend.
Later in the afternoon Sunday is the big daddy of South Bay wine events as Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach teams up with Rock 'N Fish to present the 9th Annual Ultimate Wine Festival. There will be over 52 wineries represented with sampling tables and gourmet appetizer stations set up all throughout the hotel. The idea of The Ultimate Wine Festival is to showcase California's premier wineries and winemakers in an intimate setting where members of our South Bay community can relax, ask as many questions as they want and have a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. While tickets are a little pricey ($125 each), it also is a fundraiser for Manhattan Beach Middle School to help offset the effects of the state's school budget cuts.