2015 is in full swing and here at TasteSavant, it is our duty to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Sure, Saturday night reservations at the newest restaurant in town can be exciting, but what happens when that restaurant comes together with other restaurants in one space at one time and celebrate their food in our honor? Well, thats called euphoria. Food Festivals have become a dominant force across the country in the past decade, but in Los Angeles, where the sun shines happily year round, we take it to an entirely new level. Frankly, you could find a food festival every weekend of the year in LA and we hope you do, but below are our picks for standout festivals to put into your 2015 calendar this very moment.
LA Street Food Festival | June 27th, 2015 | The Rose Bowl, Pasadena No way around it, the LA Street Food Festival is a cultural behemoth and the mother of all food festivals in Southern California. Now going into its 6th year, the Street Food Festival uses the entire grounds of The Rose Bowl in Pasadena and has a capped pre-sale ticket number at 5,000 to keep things orderly. It’s a celebration of all things food-on-the-go, in one of the world’s capital of food truck mania. But that’s not to say it’s limited just to meals-on-wheels. Chefs from Cliff’s Edge, Coni’Seafood, Guelaguetza, and Union (just to name a few) had booths last year, making this festival a must-attend for any food-crazed LA denizen.
LA Sriracha Festival | October, 2015 | Chinatown Going full-steam into its 3rd year, this festival is about as LA as a food festival can get. It’s no secret that this city has a full-on obsession with this spicy, sweet sauce and it’s no wonder as its main factory is only a few miles from where the festival actually takes place. Though specific dates have yet to be announced, the first two editions have always been in October and featured the likes of Jitlada, Gardarene Swine, Mud Hen Tavern, and Sqirl all coming together in honor of this magic bottle of goodness. Expect a full array of alcoholic stands and live music to make this spice party truly complete.
626 Night Market | July-September, 2015 | Santa Anita Park, Arcadia Having jumped around for the last few years, organizers have landed on the beautiful and spacious Santa Anita Park in 2015, allowing them to create a re-occurring event that lasts throughout the summer months. Much like the Street Food Fest, the 626 Night Market is a mega event with over 200 food, music, art, merchandise, and entertainment attractions in one space that only costs $3 at the door. And now residing back in the cultural and geographic heart of SoCal’s Asian community, 2015 expects to be bigger than ever. Expect the San Gabriel Valley’s culinary elite in attendance as well.
The Taste 2015 | Labor Day Weekend | Paramount Studios, Hollywood Though still technically unannounced for 2015, there’s no reason this epic Los Angeles food festival won’t return. Almost every single heavy-hitter in the industry was represented here last year and it’s a quantifiable blockbuster event. Heck, the whole thing is put on by the LA Times and sponsored by Citi, among other national sponsors. Set within the cityscape backlots of Paramount Studios, organizers claim Taste to be the most “authentically LA” festival in the city and they’re probably not wrong. It’s glitzy and glamorous, but with attendees ranging from Alma to Osteria Mozza, Chi Spacca to smoke.oil.salt, you’re getting the best that Los Angeles has to offer.