L.A. FOOD FEST
CELEBRATING 10 TASTY YEARS
Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the L.A. Food Fest is back once again much to the delight of all Los Angeles foodies. The tenth installment of the L.A. Food Fest will take place on Saturday, June 29 from 2 pm to 7 pm on the grassy infield of Santa Anita Park.
The L.A. Food Fest was born as the L.A. Street Food Fest in 2009. Founded by Shawna Dawson, Founder + CEO of Angeleno, Inc., whe officially kicked off her very first event in Downtown Los Angeles in February 2010. With a lofty goal to not only to fill a gap in the event scene by creating something that was the first of its kind, Dawson created a culinary community and a platform to support independent small businesses that has traveled from Los Angeles Center Studios in DTLA, the historic Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to its final destination Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, cementing the L.A. Food Fest as L.A.’s premier street food event.
L.A. Food Fest was also the first event to support their vendors by subsidizing the participation of nearly every participant, leading many other events to do the same. And in 2016, Dawson saw an opportunity to do good and help make this amazing city we call home a little better, so she decided to make L.A. Food Fest the city’s first Zero Food Waste event.
“We couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years,” Dawson says. “The thousands of restaurants, chefs and caterers we’ve had the pleasure of working with. The bevy of events we’ve inspired all over the country, and the world. Not to mention, making the term “Food Fest” a common expression everywhere.”
The 10th Annual L.A. Food Fest is a community event that promises not to disappoint bringing 5,000 foodies and 100+ restaurants, carts, stands, trucks, bars, beer, wine and craft cocktail makers together, including some of the city‘s top chefs, restaurants and international guest chefs.
Highlights from this year’s 10th Annual L.A. Food Fest include the following:
As in past years, the Fest will also help a number of new chefs and restaurants make their debut, including Cuizina (Filipino street food), Quiadaiyn (authentic vegan mole), The Burristas, Cevicheria las Olas, African Chop, El Chef Taco,Ken’s Ramen, POKEBAR, Big Grandma’s Kitchen, Sushi Roku, Oak Smoke BBQ, EK'BALAM Yucatan Cuisine (formerly Delicias Yucatecas), The Vegan Salvi and Always Coffee, alongside neighborhood faves like Maquina Taco, Pasta Sisters, Eagle Rock Public House, Comfort LA, Pinches Flautas, Barranco Lounge by Chef Walther, Fishin for Brews, Low Key Burritos, Luckdish Curry, Takami Sushi, Bearology, Humbleburgerz, Bite Me Gourmasian, Pez Cantina, Padthai Boran, Mama Musubi, Nature Well, Café de Leche, and more.
The Ice Cream Social is back with treats from The Donuttery, Pie Hole, You Had Me at Helado, Communitea Bakery, Down South Treats, Dearly Beloved Confections, Tastee Flavors New Orleans style shaved ice, Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, 12 Oaks Desserts and many more.
To keep the party going, Birds & Bees and Mister O’s Rafael Jonathan Barba brings some amazing bar talent to the mix alongside bars from local Citrus Grove Distillers doing both cocktails and mocktails, Revel Spirits and Broken Shed Vodka. Plus, Pez Cantina micheladas.
This year’s event also features a grassy new GA Lounge area. While you’re taking a food coma break, meet friendly Martians and other enthusiastic communicators from JPL. Hear about the latest news and discoveries about NASA exploration across our universe and those made by the rovers, the InSight lander, and NASA orbiters currently at Mars. Take a selfie with various NASA and Apollo backdrops; make a flower crown with Crown Bloom Co. and grab a bottle of cold Essentia Water from the refresh station while you’re there.
A portion of the proceeds from the 10th Annual L.A. Food Fest will directly benefit Food Forward, this year’s charity partner.
Food Forward fights hunger and prevents food waste by rescuing fresh surplus produce, connecting this abundance with people in need and inspiring others to do the same. Food Forward is synonymous with food waste reduction in Los Angeles.
To ensure all guests enjoy the event to its fullest, the L.A. Food Fest attendance is capped at just 5,000 all-inclusive (pre-sale only) tickets. A VIP Power Hour + Early Entry ($99) will be held from 2 pm to 3 pm and VIP Check-in will start at 1:30 pm. General Admission ($69) will be from 3 pm to 7 pm and General Admission Check-in starts at 2:30 pm. This event is for all ages and family friendly. Children age 10 and under are free with a paying adult. ID is required for a 21+ wristband and 21+ wristbands are required for all craft beer, cocktail bars, wine and spirit tastings.
The L.A. Food Fest will take place on Saturday, June 29 on the grassy infield at Santa Anita Park, located at 275 Colorado Place in Arcadia.
Story By: Jose Martinez
Photography Courtesy Of: The L.A. Food Fest