A few weekend highlights around Berkeley and Oakland:
For the early birds, catch the Bay Area BBQ Championship at the Oakland Coliseum prior to the A's baseball game against the LA Angels on Saturday. Start eating pulled pork and ribs as early as 9:30 A.M. before the 1:05 game start. Tickets prices vary, with the cheapest at $48 that includes 5 food/drink tickets and 1 plaza outfield seat at the double header game. Extra food and drink tickets are 10 for $15. All tickets must be purchased in advance as no tickets will be sold at the event.
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant celebrates Bastille Day on Saturday by closing its parking lot from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. and firing up the grill. Kermit Lynch says the event admission price will be "fair" and bring cash for wines by the glass and food.
Urban winery Urban Legend Cellars hosts a release party Saturday from 6 to 9 P.M. in Oakland for its 2009 Teroldego and its 2009 Cooper Ranch Barbera.
Sunday, Chop Bar moves its monthly $20 pig roast to Linden Street Brewery after outgrowing the restaurant space. Expect an all-u-can-eat roast pig and sides.
Also Sunday, Alameda Meals on Wheels hosts a community fair and wine tasting event at Rock Wall Wine from 1 to 5 P.M. Taste hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants and area wines like Dashe Cellars, R&B Cellars, J. Lohr Vineyards & more. The backyard carnival can entertain kids while adults shop the silent auction or listen to live music. A $20 donation is suggested at the door.
Bay Area BBQ Championships
7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
1605 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley
Urban Legend Cellars
621 4th St., Oakland
Chop Bar @ Linden Street Brewery
95 Linden St., Oakland
Rock Wall Wines
2301 Monarch St., Alameda