LOCAL LOS ANGELES EVENTS AND BEYOND
Summer is in full swing, but just in case you still haven’t fully gotten your festival fix, here are a few up and coming events to make sure land on your foodie radar.
Wine, food, travel? It’s all here – read on for my must-do list:
// #1. Learn About Wine’s Rosenthal Private Estate Visit: Tour, Wine Tasting & Picnic · Sat, Aug. 10th 11AM and 2:15PM
Are you a wine-o-phobe? Make sure to check out the 10th annual tasting and picnic lunch at the Private Estate of George Rosenthal, owner of one of the premier producers in the region. Wine Educator Ian Blackhurst sure knows his wine, and by the end of one of his wine classes, you will know yours too.
Read about one of my recent experiences with Learn About Wine, here.
Or check out their Calendar of Events for a list of ongoing sessions.
// # 2. THE TASTE · Friday, Aug 30th-Sept 1st
How about sampling all of Los Angeles’ best in one place? The Taste is back again at Paramount Studios lot and this year features five distinctive events across Labor Day Weekend.
There’s an Opening Night kick-off celebration on Friday, a Flavors of L.A. event hosted by Jonathan Gold on Saturday and a Cocktail Confidential party with Matthew Biancaniello on Sunday — that’s just a few of the many TASTE events featuring unlimited tastings, specialty cocktails, wine seminars, live demos… etc. The Taste is always a fun day/night for a food lover… get tickets while you can and make sure you come hungry (and don’t forget to bring the Tums)! You will eat, and eat…
- Opening Night: $125, limited availability
- A 20% discount on individual tickets is available to all Los Angeles Times members
- For those looking to make a weekend out of it, select area hotels are offering ticket and accommodation packages
“Started in the early 1990’s by a few restaurant owners who wanted to thank the community for their patronage, the fair has grown into an explosion of talented local shop & restaurant owners, artists and musicians bringing their very best to attendees more diverse than most cities in the U.S.”
Walk the neighborhood and check out local musicians, dancers, circus acts and great local food. The event is family friendly and best of all, admission is FREE!
// #5. 626 Night Market · August 31st and September 1st 4 PM-1 AM
// #6. 4th Annual BAM Festival · Sat, Oct. 5th 1-5 PM at the 18th Street Arts Center
“30+ Breweries, 3 Bands, Contemporary Art Galleries, Open Artist Studios, 4 Wineries & Gourmet Food Trucks…” Need I say more?
Check out their Facebook page for more info, here.
FAR AND NEAR – FANCY A WEEKEND GETAWAY??
// #7. Hawaii Food and Wine Festival · Sept. 1-Maui; Sept. 5-9
O’ahu, HI is just a hop, skip and jump across the Pacific Ocean (about a 4.5 hour plane ride from Cali) so for those of us looking for a weekend getaway (who wouldn’t like to be in Hawaii right about now!?) there are two festivals around Labor Day weekend to get your tummy grumbling.
This year, you’ll find local LA chefs like Nancy Silverton, Celestino Drago, Sang Yoon and Ricardo Zarate cooking up some special treats with local chef celebs (Top Chef’s Sheldon Simeon, Iron Chef Morimoto) for guests in attendance to this year’s fest.
There’s lots to do. Get to eating people!