Los Angeles Food Events for Mid-October 2017

The middle weekend of October is chock full of events–four that I know of, and probably more that I’m missing.  The big one I’m looking forward to is Los Angeles Magazine‘s The Food Event!

Just the daily paper of record has their The Taste event each year, and the alt-weekly has The Essentials, L.A.’s monthly glossy magazine has its own headlining event that takes this year on Sunday, October 15th, at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, the most picturesque venue of all of the L.A. food events I’ve attended.

Participating restaurants include 71 Above, Estrella, Guerrilla Tacos, Here’s Looking at You, Michael’s, Republique, The Bellwether, and more! Tickets are $130 or $145 with the after-party.

And if that’s not enough to keep you occupied that weekend, here are three more events:

Saturday, October 14th – Off the Hook:  This seafood-centric food fest on the Santa Monica Pier is in its third year and does a great job showcasing the local restaurants in and around Santa Monica, including Sushi Roku, Herringbone, The Lobster, and more!  Tickets are $50 for GA and $75 for VIP, which grants you 1 hour early entry and access to the VIP area with Tar & Roses, FIG, and Ashland Hill!  (Tickets go up in price the week of the event.)


Sunday, October 15th –  Brunch at the Races:  If you like pancakes and waffles, you’ll love this event!  Featuring restaurants such as Bru’s Wiffle, Du-Par’s, Myke’s Cafe, Poppy & Rose, Barbara Jean, and more, this festive event takes place literally at the races, at the Santa Anita Race Track in Arcadia.  Tickets are $45/$65 for GA/VIP, the latter of which gets you a swag bag and access to VIP seating/bars but no early entry.  Prices are $5 more at the door.  There’s also a deal to buy 4 tickets for $120, which does save quite a bit of money.



Sunday, October 15th – March of Dimes’ Signature Chef Auction:  This swanky fundraiser is taking place at Union Station this year and features Otium, Scopa Italian Roots, Firefly, Hot’s Kitchen, Sugarfish, and more!  This is first and foremost a fundraiser, so tickets start at $400 and go up from there!

Upcoming events in Late October:  Eastside Food Fest on Sunday the 22nd, Los Angeles Times’  The Gold List on Monday the 23rd, Taste Talks from Friday the 27th to Sunday the 29th, and more!






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