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Locavores, piscivores, granivores -- pretty much all flavors of vores -- should find something tempting to nibble at a local food expo this weekend at Mad River Brewery's tasting room in Blue Lake.

The nosh fest benefits the Discovery Museum in Eureka, which will be sending a kid-captivating team to run a "Kid Zone," complete with giant hula hoops, giant Legos and other traveling exhibits.

"We're hoping to have a day in the sun out in Blue Lake," says Lynn Langdon, the museum's executive director. "Sun -- for one day this summer!"

It would be nice.

Even gray days come with hungry, though, so might as well get your sampling self out to the brewery, at 101 Taylor Way, from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19.

At least 16 local culinary creators, including Bless My Soul, Fish Brothers, Loleta Cheese Factory, BRIO Breadworks, Tomaso's, Bien Padre, Humboldt Hotsauce, Drake's Glen Creations, Patty Cakes Unlimited and many more, plan to offer tasting samples.

Music will tumble in from The Tumbleweeds starting at 1 p.m., followed by the No Good Redwood Ramblers at 3 p.m.

The museum is asking for a $5 donation, "but if you'd like to give more we're always open to it," says Langdon. With the donation, the main food tasting is free, but beer is extra and so are platters of barbecued oysters that the museum will be selling.

The day will also include a raffle to benefit Nicole Nada, co-owner of Arcata Scoop, who is undergoing cancer treatment.

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