Bloomfest LA: Recap

Neighborhood · Downtown Arts District · Los Angeles · 3rd Street and Traction Ave.

For those of you who attended KCRW’s Bloomfest LA this year, go ahead and pat yourself on the back for being a super cool supporter of the arts and local community! Little Toyko (around 3rd and Traction), was the destination spot this past Saturday where various local business owners and food trucks like the India Jones Chow Truck and the Ludo Truck held ground and to make many hungry hipsters’ bellies happy.

Named after community activist Joel Bloom (1948-2007), this free, all-day festival provided a one-stop shop for hipsters, art lovers, music fans, families and downtown LA residents.

The newly opened Angel City Brewing Co. was featuring a few of their beers on tap; I tried the delicious Angel City Ale which had a light malty middle and a dry slightly hoppy finish. Also glad to have tasted the Angel City Vixen, a German hefe-weizen which had hints of banana and clove in the taste. OMG. Banana flavored beer!! My non-beer drinking friend, loved this particular one.

There was a mysterious, no-name sausage truck inside the brew venue gates. I’m not sure if they were independently owned or a part of the brew house, but I do hope it’s there next time I’m around. The spicy sausage sandwich was just 5 bucks and a great alternative to waiting in the ridiculously long line at Wurstküche around the corner.

Walking past the tent where KCRW DJ’s Raul Campos, Anthony Valadez and Mario Cotto were mixing up some tune-age throughout the night, I purchased some cool handmade jewelry and watched a little girl get down with the hula hoops.

At 10 pm, just as they were wrapping it all up, I satisfied my sweet tooth with some AMAZINGLY tasty,  Amaretto Almond ice cream from the vegan (non-dairy!) ice cream makers, Divine Dips. I didn’t even know it was vegan until after I finished eating it and I would have never guessed the wiser too. It was so creamy and good! DD is my new jam! Only available at a few retail locations (for now). Look for them at a location near you!

If you couldn’t make it this year, here are a few more pics to give you a taste of what you missed. Enjoy!



  1. Loved your review and photos Amy! (except that Bloomfest takes place squarely in the Arts District, not Little Tokyo.) 🙂 The Schroeder-Nowak household loves Angel City – let me know when you want to go!

    • Ah, thanks for the correction Sarah! I tend to lump all of downtown into one sometimes, lol! Yes! I’ll hit you guys up next time we’re in the area. Looking forward to visiting Angel City again and trying out The Pie Hole too!

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