Food and wine events are some of my favorite types of events to attend. Stumbling upon a food event while visiting a new city is always a great experience, and finding out you just missed one is a real bummer. So why not plan your trip around it? Food events provide a great chance to meet locals, find great restaurants in the area, and try new types of cuisine.

Crustacean Christine An and Executive Chef Tony Nguyen

Summer is an especially busy time in LA – Two popular events are the Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival, and the LA Times’ The Taste. I have attended both of these events for several years – they are equally fantastic. Read my review of LA Food and Wine Festival, and my review of LA Times’ The Taste on our sister site LAArtParty.com (under the Dining/Travel Page – go to the Event Reviews drop-down).

Meet your favorite chef at the LA Food and Wine Festival – Curtis Stone with me Kathy Leonardo

These are large events. If you love wine, I would suggest the first one. However, both offer delicious cuisine. The TASTE tends to provide more hard liquor than wine…be aware, no real wine glasses are to be found at this event…plastic cups only. ETG tip: I bring my own wineglass (complete with a lasso holder), and I’m happy as a clam.

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival takes place directly in front of the Frank Gehry designed architecturally-stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, in downtown LA. The event is completely sectioned off from the surrounding streets. It is quite exclusive, offering ceramic plates and glassware with an incredible catering staff …ready to pick up each and every plate.

The Taste presented by the LA Times at Paramount studios

The Taste event, presented by the LA Times, is held at Paramount Studios which is a magnificent venue. Many of the purveyors are located on the New York City sound stage. Wandering through these various city streets while gobbling down delicious tastes is part of the attraction of this event.

Another personal favorite of mine happens every July…Celebrate Chefs & Cellars, which doubles as a fundraiser is presented by the Associates to benefit Palos Verdes Art Center. This is an intimate and charming event which is hosted at an exclusive private winery called Catalina View Gardens. Situated on the edge of the Palos Verdes peninsula, the location offers incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Catalina Island.

View from Catalina View Gardens, Celebrate Chefs & Cellars 2018 event; photo by Kathy Leonardo; courtesy of ETG;

In addition to wine from Catalina View Wines, the event features additional wine from other vineyards, spirits, and all types of cuisine from prominent local restaurants. Plus, it raises funds for a great cause – the Palos Verdes Art Center. Read my Huff Post review about a past event. CLICK HERE for more info about this event or visit the Stories Section of ETG – go to the Dining/Drinking drop-down.

The LA Times Food bowl is a totally different type of foodie event. It takes place the entire month of May each year, and features several events each night in various locations across Los Angeles. Some are hosted at restaurants, at alternate type venues, and of course food festival style events such Night Market (which kicked off the month long annual event are also included.

Pizza from A Tutta Pizza! LA’s Pizza Fest, just one of the many LA Food Bowl events presented by the LA Times

I attended an event called A Tutta Pizza, LA’s Pizza Fest in 2019, and had a fantastic time. Read my review HERE or go to the Stories Sections of ETG under the Dining/Drinking drop-down.

Of course let’s not leave out Eat Dink Vegan which began in 2009, and started as a small event. This is a popular Los Angeles event taking place in June each year.

If you are interested in other annual events happening in Los Angeles, see my review of LA’s Art week (in February). Click Here to read, or see the Artists/Exhibitions Page on LAArtParty.com – under the Art, Design Fair Reviews Page.

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