June 2017 Los Angeles Food Events and Festivals
Who needs a short intro spiel? Here are the food events and festivals I’m interested in this month:
Saturday, June 10th – LA Food Fest: Last year’s LAFF was quite ambitious, with a pre-event launch party, private rose garden meals, and a main event with multi-tier pricing that was a bit confusing. This year, LAFF is going back to basics, with one big event and unlimited sampling of the food and drinks that will be there. The line-up is as good as ever, with a special curated group of chefs mostly from Mexico heading up a Nuevo Gastropub section of the event, including Diego Hernandez of Corazon de Tierra. Other restaurants include Coni’Seafood, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Hotville Hot Chicken, Little Jewel, Pasta Sisters, Popdup, Ray’s BBQ, Starry Kitchen, Sunny Blue, and more! Desserts by Afters Ice Cream, Amazebowls, Fluff Ice, Salt & Straw, Wanderlust, and others will be there too! Tickets are $65 for GA or $95 VIP (one hour early entry, VIP lounge access).
Sunday, June 11th – Taste of the Nation Los Angeles: TOTNLA is a relatively small but star-packed event benefitting No Kid Hungry, a charity striving to end childhood hunger. The chef chairs this year are Bruce Kalman (Union, Knead), Dakota Weiss (Estrella, Sweetfin), and Nick Shipp (Upper West), and they’ve curated a great line-up of restaurants, including Bazaar, Border Grill, The Cannibal, chi SPACCA, Chichen Itza, Jitlada, Kali, Kato, Mama Lion, Rice Bar, Sotto, Wexler’s and more! Tickets are $110 for GA, $160 for VIP (30 minute early entry, VIP bag, and there was a VIP lounge in the past), $25 for kids. Get 10% off with code LABLOGGER10.
Saturday, June 17th – Tacolandia: One of my favorite events, LA Weekly’s mega-sized festival of all things taco is back and bigger than ever. Blogger, cookbook writer, and James Beard winner Bill Esparza has curated a list of over 120 restaurants, chefs, etc., all serving up tacos for your pleasure! Some of my favorites will be there, including Broken Spanish, Carnitas El Momo, Ceviche Project, Chichen Itza, Galaxy Taco, Guerrilla Tacos, Mariscos Guerrerense, Mexikosher, and really, way, way too many others to name! Tickets are $45 for GA (VIP is sold out) for unlimited tacos!
(Ignore the presale code, this was an IG post from earlier this year.)
Saturday, June 17th – Dessert Goals: If you don’t like tacos, well, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you. But if you like sweets more than tacos, I guess that’s okay. Happening on the same day as Tacolandia is Dessert Goals, a new(?) event here in L.A. with participants from all over the country serving up sweets and treats. Local favorites like Amazebowls, Coolhaus, and more will be there! Tickets are $15 for GA for 1.5 hours and you can purchase food from the purveyors that’ll be there, or $50 to access one of the workshops (includes GA too).
Sunday, June 25th – Tavern‘s Low Country Boil: This 4th annual crawfish boil celebrates chef Amy Deaderick’s childhood growing up in South Carolina and having these feasts during crawfish season. The $65 dinner is four courses with a country board of pimento cheese, pickles, chicken rillettes, and Triscuits; followed by a refreshing corn salad; then the main event of boiled sausage, potatoes, shrimp, and crawfish; and a cornbread peach cobbler to finish things off! There’ll be live music too!
I’m sure I’m missing some other events, which I will add to this post (or start another post) to cover–please let me know what I should add! :-)