The 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. While a more intimate gathering will take place on Saturday night and cost $125 to attend, BAM Fest returns in its full glory on Sunday afternoon. This festival combines aspects from different disciplines to create an event that can appeal to a broad market. All throughout the festival, guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. All the studios open up to allow guests to walk in and exhibit the artists’ work. Local artists also staff booths complete with crafts for sale.

Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

If you ever took a look at a map of all the breweries in Los Angeles County, you may notice some huge holes where craft beer does not exist. Notably, a massive stretch of land between Garden Grove and Santa Monica contains absolutely no breweries or brewpubs. Historically, those cities never catered well towards craft beer, but perhaps that will all change in the near future. Now open to the public, Three Weavers Brewing Company has situated themselves on the edge of Inglewood close to Westchester. Albeit Three Weavers has existed and brewed for over a year through collaborative efforts, they finally can spread their wings and build their own nest. They have a wide open space in the back for much more equipment; however, I did not spot any barrels around for the purpose of aging beers. Perhaps they do not have any beers to age at the moment? Perhaps they have hidden the barrels somewhere? The lack of barrels slightly saddens me, as I currently do not have any rare releases from Three Weavers to look forward to. Their beer offerings during their grand opening event this past Saturday revealed a diverse mix of beer styles, from light to dark, from sessionable to strong. Annoyingly, while their event page said that admission cost $20, anyone who did not prepay for admission had to pay $25, a detail that they failed to mention. Anyhow, all attendees got to keep the pint glass, so at least that means something, right?

Support your local beer scene by following them on Twitter and liking them on Facebook! You never know what specials you may stumble upon when you see what they have to say.

Inland Empire Restaurant Week
October 17-26
Participating restaurants, Inland Empire
http://www.inlandempirerestaurantweek.com/

Over a hundred restaurants from Corona to Chino to Big Bear to Palm Desert will have food & drink special during this ten-day period. Check out your favorite local restaurant, or enjoy something new

3rd Annual Taste of Bankers Hill
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 22
The Abbey, Bankers Hill, San Diego
http://www.bankershillbusinessgroup.com/

Savor the local flavor of Bankers Hill at this tasting gala this Wednesday night at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. Admission costs $30 presale or $35 at the door, and includes unlimited food samples while supplies last. No one under 21 may attend.

LBMA After Dark
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 23
Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach
http://lbma.org/

Occurring semiannually, this nighttime gathering brings art, music, live entertainment, and tray-passed appetizers together for a night of mixing and mingling. Admission to this all-ages art exhibit costs $10.

Long Beach Zombie Walk Music & Arts Festival
5:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 24
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
12:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
Marina Green Park, Long Beach
http://zombiewalklb.com/

This zombie festival takes place over the spacious greens of Marina Green Park in Long Beach this weekend. This fest breaks all norms of standard fests and opts to follow “zombie rules” in operations. Admission costs $15, and includes many activities such as a movie viewing, beer gardens, costume contests, Thriller flash mob, live music, food trucks, artists, games, the zombie walk, Halloween mazes, and more. Arrive early, as parking will fill quickly – have patience when searching the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave.

Bootlegger’s BOOery Halloween Party
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Bootlegger’s Brewery, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/347693972071595/

Enjoy craft beer and Halloween shenanigans at Bootlegger’s Brewery this Friday night. The $10 cover includes two full beers, and the first 150 guests will receive a pint glass to keep. Visitors wanting more beer can purchase more at $5 a beer. The best costumed man and woman will each receive a gift card to the brewery, so wear something that will surely please the crowd!

Rock Show @ Cafe NELA
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 24
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/271272153071337/

Rock out to local bands at this show in Northeast Los Angeles. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter. Guests will find plenty of free street parking around the area.

Street Dogs & Left Alone @ Alex’s Bar
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 24
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
http://www.alexsbar.com/event/184307

Street Dogs will headline a show at Alex’s Bar in Long Beach this Friday night. Tickets to this show cost $13 presale or $15 at the door. No one under 21 may enter. Guests should park on Orizaba Ave or the neighborhood across the street.

Gladiator Rock’n Run 5k & 10k
7:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 25
Rose Bowl, Pasadena
http://www.gladiatorrocknrun.com/event_oct_25.html

Can you withstand the passage of time? Test your might at this 5k/10k challenge course this Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Run, climb, jump, and crawl your way through unforgiving obstacles as you race towards the finish with little regard to however much mud and dirt you may pick up along the way. Registration for the 5k costs $70 presale or $85 on the day of the race. Registration for the 10k costs $85 presale or $120 on the day of the race.

3rd Annual That Dam Mud Run – Los Angeles
7:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area, Irwindale
http://thatdammudrun.com/

Tackle a three-mile obstacle course full of dirt, mud, and more this Saturday at a dam. Following the mud run, enjoy yourself with great company and live music at the beer garden (beer sold separately). Registration costs $79 for adults and $25 for children, and include a commemorative t-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to move in that they do not mind getting dirty, or plan to throw away after this run. Remember to bring extra clothes to change into and plenty of towels for after the run.

Dia De Los Verdes
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25
The Growing Experience Urban Farm, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/517615185050404/

Check out works of art from local artists, music, food, yoga, workshops, farm tours, arts & crafts, and more activities at this free and all-ages event this Saturday in Long Beach.

5th Annual Battle of the Blues Harps – Blues & Brews
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 25
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/contents/Entertainment.aspx

Blues music and craft beer mix up at the Orange County Market Place this Saturday afternoon. For $20, visitors gain five 7oz beer pours plus admission to the weekly Orange County Market Place, one of Orange County’s largest swap meets. In addition, catch the finals of the blues bands tournament.

90th Annual Anaheim Fall Festival
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 25
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim
http://www.anaheimfallfestival.org/

At this FREE and all-ages festival, find games, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, costume contests, a petting zoo, a parade, and more.

Fall 2014 Brewery Art Walk
11:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 25-26
Brewery Art Association, Los Angeles
http://breweryartwalk.com/

This FREE semiannual art walk features hundreds of residents artists showcasing their finest work. Guests may even purchase art they like from the artists. Free to park and enter for all ages, the facility even includes an in-house restaurant, so bring your friends and family to look at some great art.

VFW Craft Beer Tasting
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
VFW Post 9148, La Mirada
http://www.facebook.com/events/308510716020346/

Enjoy craft beer tastings from local breweries this Saturday afternoon in La Mirada. Tickets to this event costs $40, and includes food during the lunch hour of noon to 1pm. Beer tasting will start at 1pm.

6th Annual Hoptoberfest
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 25
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra
http://www.facebook.com/events/351429825030220/

In place of their monthly bottle share, 38 Degrees will host a Hoptoberfest special this Saturday. Enjoy a menu of German cuisine specially made for this day, plus a handful of IPA beers on tap.

Beach Goth
12:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
The Observatory, Santa Ana
http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/beach-goth-3

This all-day music festival will feature dozens of bands of varying genres, among which punk rock legends The Dickies will perform too. Tickets to this all-ages music festival cost $40.

Festival Supreme 2014
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles
http://festivalsupreme.com/

This music & comedy festival will feature some of the industry’s greatest acts all in one venue this Saturday. General admission costs $99, while VIP admission costs $250 and includes a handful of perks such as special entry, parking, seating, lounges, and more.

Ktown Night Market’s Halloween Food Fest
2:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
12:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 26
6th Street, Koreatown, Los Angeles
http://ktownnightmarket.com/

Stroll up and down 6th Street in Koreatown this weekend and enjoy all the food, drinks, and treats you can handle. All this weekend, attendees can sample goods from all participating businesses in Koreatown while enjoying the sights and sounds of the weekend before Halloween. Admission costs only $3, and the first 500 attendees in costumes will receive a goodie bag with a bunch of swag. Use promo code LAist to get admission for free!

OC Roller Derby Banked Track
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 25
OC Roller Skates, Santa Ana
http://ocrollergirls.com/

Watch intense & brutal girl-on-girl action at this roller derby bout this Saturday night in Santa Ana. Tickets to this roller derby bout cost $15.

San Diego Beer & Music Festival
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Waterfront Park, San Diego
http://www.sandiego-beerfestival.com/

Not directly affiliated with San Diego Beer Week, this beer & music festival will take this Saturday at Waterfront Park, a place very close to where the San Diego Brewers’ Guild Festival takes place. Attendees will find over a hundred different types of beer, live music, food trucks, and other forms of entertainment. General admission costs $35 presale or $40 at the door, and starts at 5pm. VIP admission costs $50 or $60 at the door, and starts at 4pm. All attendees receive unlimited beer tasters, regardless of admission type. No one under 21 may attend.

Local Brews Local Grooves
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 25
House of Blues, Anaheim
http://www.houseofblues.com/anaheim/localbrewslocalgrooves

Local craft beer, local bands, and food pairings all await you at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney in Anaheim this Saturday evening. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $12 for 5pm entry-only, $27 for 5pm entry plus sampling tickets, or $50 for VIP entry at 4pm.

Treatoberfest 2
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, October 25
Angel City Brewery, Downtown Los Angeles
http://treatoberfest-efbevent.eventbrite.com/

Celebrate Halloween as only adults should celebrate! Don your best Halloween costume, and go trick-or-treating among Los Angeles’ top dessert providers. General admission costs $12, and includes unlimited food & dessert samples, plus however many treats you can take home in the provided to-go box. Food trucks will serve food outside at a separate cost. Guests can find parking throughout the Arts District, as meters run up to 6pm on most of the streets.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
5:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 25, Chavas Cafe, Downtown Los Angeles http://driindtla.brownpapertickets.com/
2:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26, American Legion Post 30, Pomona http://www.facebook.com/events/273165106225524/

Old school punk band D.R.I. currently tours throughout the world, and that tour will swing through Southern California this and next week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so click on the individual link for further information.

18is25: A Weekend-Long Benefit
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 25
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, October 26
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica
http://18thstreet.org/18is25

The 18th Street Arts Center turns 25 this year, and instead of simply hosting the legendary BAM Festival (Beer, Art, and Music), they will hold festivities all weekend. On Saturday night, guests will enjoy an art exhibit with live music and special gourmet bites from local restaurants. This intimate gathering costs $125 to attend. On Sunday afternoon, BAM Fest returns, where guests can check out all the beer, art, and music they can handle. In addition, guests will find wine samples, food trucks, live DJ’s, dancing, and more. Tickets cost $45 presale or $50 at the door, and comes with a souvenir glass and unlimited beer pours. Use promo code LibraryAlehouse to save $10 off admission for BAM Fest! Guests can find free street parking in the neighborhood on the other side of the freeway by crossing over on 17th Street.

Zambo’s 50th Birthday – Rock Show
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/1481908588738239/

Get your weekly fill of local rock at this show this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $10. No one under 21 may enter.

X-Members @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 25
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/x-members-reformed-gabby-ray-bones-tiny-mike-barnes-and-roger-ramjet-w-hfl-and-more-tickets-12904607027

Get crazy at this punk show this Saturday night at Tiki Bar in Costa Mesa. The cover for this show costs $12. No one under 21 may attend.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Halloween Party
9:30 pm – 12:00 am, October 25
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/316746088516366/

Enjoy three free burlesque sets this Saturday night in Long Beach. No one under 21 may enter.

Surf City 10-Mile, 10k, and 5k
6:30 am – 12:00 pm, October 26
Hilton Waterfront Resort, Huntington Beach
http://www.surfcity10.com/

This Sunday morning in Huntington Beach, thousands will participate in various physical challenges, including a 10-mile run, a 10K, a 5K, and more. In addition, a costume contest aims to mix things up on the sand.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 26
NTC Park, Liberty Station, San Diego
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Diego. Take part in a 10k, half marathon, 5k, or kids run for the little ones, all with or without a costume. Registration costs $55 to $95 based on the event, and includes a medal, a shirt based on the event you compete in, costume contests, pumpkin pies, and post-race festivities.

17th Annual Trick or Treat Festival + 15th Annual Halloween Hearse Show
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Orange County Market Place, Costa Mesa
http://www.ocmarketplace.com/

Two Halloween-themed events will take place at the Orange County Market Place this Sunday afternoon. Join in on a Trick or Treat festival for the kids that celebrate all things Halloween. Adults can check out the Hearse Show, a ghastly show sure to give you chills.

2nd Annual Taste of Japan Food Festival
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 26
Japanese Friendship Garden, San Diego
http://niwa.org/taste-japan-food-festival

Sample local Japanese cuisine at this tasting event this Saturday afternoon. Free to enter for all ages, guests can purchase tasting tickets for food while enjoying the scenery of the lush garden.

14th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm, October 26
Marina Vista Park, Long Beach
http://www.hautedogs.org/howloween.html

Expect to see over 500 costumed dogs at this annual parade through Belmont Shore, as featured on the Kevin & Bean Show! Kids and adults may also enter a costume contest to win cash prizes. Presale entries cost $10 per dog, with prices rising on the day of the event.

Punk Rock Sunday Funday
1:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 26
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/304280639762751/

Enjoy a day full of local punk rock bands all for free! No one under 21 may enter.

Mad Caddies @ Gaslamp Long Beach
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 26
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach
http://madcaddies.com/

The Mad Caddies will conclude their Dirty Rice tour in Long Beach this Sunday. Presale tickets to the show cost $15. No one under 18 may attend.

English Dogs – On Tour
7:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 26
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/699623086798170/

Original UK punk band English Dogs currently tours across the west coast this week, and they will stop by Long Beach this Sunday. The cover for this show costs $15. No one under 21 may enter.

Halloween comes but once a year. Halloween also gives many people an excuse to dress up in strange and/or provocative ways. Sure any person can wear extremely lewd clothing at any time of the year, but Halloween gives us a cover. I mean, when else besides an anime convention can a gal show off her body as Black Rock Shooter? When else besides a comic convention can some bloke look like the bloodstain known as Deadpool? When people want to exhibit their craftsmanship but have no relevant outlet for it, they resort to displaying it during Halloween. A costume can mean one thing, but introduce alcohol and friends into the picture, and you have a wild and unforgettable ride. Cue in the delectable tastes of craft beer, and you have one of the best reasons to look forward to Halloween every year.

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at the 2014 BierBuzz Masquerade Ball & Beer Festival. Taking place at the Inland Empire Brewing Company in Riverside, this beer tasting event combines the wonders of the Fall season of craft beer with the unpredictability of Halloween costumes. In addition to all the beer tastings and the expected costume contests, local bands will play to break the silence, including Papafish, a band we have already seen earlier this year! General admission costs $35, comes with ten beer tasters, and starts at 6pm. VIP admission costs $45, comes with 15 beer tasters, and starts at 5pm. This event takes place mostly outdoors and will go on regardless of the weather. Guests can find plenty of free street parking throughout the neighborhood. No one under 21 may enter.

If you already have a costume, why not preview it to the public at the masquerade this Saturday? Nobody will critique you, and the intoxication may cause them to swoon over you! Check out these photos from last year’s masquerade ball if you still feel hesitant:

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A California law recently passed that drivers must remain at least three feet away from cyclists at all times. Since the passing of this law, I have witnessed countless cyclists abusing this law by riding on busy streets, cutting off traffic, riding against traffic, riding without helmets, and other malpractices. The momentum appears to shift towards the favor of the cyclists, as evident by bicycle events such as CicLAvia and this past weekend’s event in Orange County, Re:Imagine Garden Grove. At this free and all-ages downtown open streets event, multiple streets around Garden Grove closed to vehicular traffic in order to pave the way for cyclists and pedestrians. The three-mile stretch contained a handful of things to do and see, such as food trucks, arts & crafts, a beer garden, live entertainment, and more. Along a stretch of the path, numerous triangular orange structures marked the future locations of trees and works of art, such as sculptures and statues. The rest of the course contained mainly arts & crafts for children, and live entertainment featuring Richard Blade on the turntables.

For a first-time event, I did not walk in with high expectations, as I anticipated stumbling into beginner’s mistakes. The only mistake I severely encountered involved the sheer openness of this event. What should have attracted thousands of visitors only managed to attract just a little over a thousand. Aside from the main hub of Main Street with all the booths and attractions, the rest of the course appeared barren throughout the day. I cannot say anything negative about their marketing, as everyone and their mothers knew about this event going into the day. But honestly, does Garden Grove need one of these events? When you look at the surrounding cities (West Anaheim, Westminster, Santa Ana, etc), one never actually feels safe riding a bicycle through those neighborhoods. This event would receive greater reception even in North Long Beach, where the number of cyclists outnumber the amount of visitors to Re:Imagine Garden Grove, albeit at least one person gets killed daily in North Long Beach. The organizers have the right ideas with the right execution, but they may have marketed to the wrong crowd. If they try again in a more receptive city next year, they may see a greater turnout.

Punk rock shows come and go, especially in Orange County where the punk scene represents a significant fraction of the population compared to the rest of Southern California. However, none truly could measure up to the scope of Narcoleptic Youth and The Voids co-headlining a show at the Doll Hut this past Saturday. Narcoleptic Youth already has a strong following, but The Voids walk on a different level. As a band that has largely retired, they rarely play shows, so when they actually can get all members of the band together for a show, fans everywhere ensure that they can travel to the show.

Opening the night, we have Bad Ass, a badass band. Although I had never seen this gang of six perform live before, I had heard so many great things about them, and they surely lived up to the expectations. Their use of two vocalists give off an impression of dueling vocals, similar to that of X (the band). Who ever thought that punk rock would involve a kazoo? Somehow, Bad Ass managed to incorporate a kazoo into their set, which worked out well to my confusion!

Next, we have the Broken Patron Saints. I first saw these guys right here at the Doll Hut. Just like that first time I saw them, their vocalist has a gritty voice, similar to that of Cheap Sex, while the instrumentals sound like The Misfits. Superimposed together, you have an odd combination of catchy & grim music, along with someone yelling at you. Though that may sound like a bad idea, it actually worked out to give them their own identity that sets them apart from all the other punk bands out there.

Once the next band, Yeastie Boys, entered the room, the party immediately started, despite the band still needing some tune-ups required to perform. This clown-themed punk rock band from Costa Mesa travels with clown get-ups, toys, dancers, and more as they rock out with their original songs plus some covers of songs throughout time. Once they got started, the crowd erupted into a room-wide pit, complete with all the toys the band members had thrown around earlier, such as beach balls, balloons, confetti, tape rollers, party poppers, inflatables, and more. The physicality of the pit proved too much for me, and I only managed four photos before I got hit so heavily that I had to remove myself from the front of the stage.

As the first of the night’s headliners set up, I waited in anticipation for The Voids, a band that rarely ever performs together anymore due to the band members’ real life priorities. Those who have listened to The Voids will likely recognize a female on the vocals, but most could not picture a face to the music. Seeing The Voids for the first time truly reminded that you cannot judge a book by its cover. Unlike virtually every other female-fronted punk rock band I have seen, The Voids’ vocalist, Adri, does not have that ugly punk rock look about her when she performs. When most punk rock bands perform, they take on a certain look that makes them unappealing to non-punk rock fans. The Voids break that mold with Adri, who maintains her womanly composure during the band’s performance. Photos cannot capture her true look – you must attend one of their shows to witness this magnificent band in action.

Finally we get to the final headliner of the night, Narcoleptic Youth. No surprises exist as to why they have the greatest fans – no other bands can imitate their unrivaled fast-paced hardcore punk sound. At times, you would think that vocalist Joey raps during their songs, which many of them have to do with the vices of today’s society. As they have a new album coming out, their set contained a solid mix of old and new songs, with plenty of fan favorites such as Mini Van Soccer Mom, Is This Punk, McAnarchy, Busted Condom, and Bitch Needs A Muzzle. This set also contained a few covers, such as Falling Out by D.I. and Numbers and Easy Way Out by The Adicts. Narcoleptic Youth has quickly become one of my favorite live bands, and after seeing a Narcoleptic Youth performance, you may want more of them too.

Check out all of the bands’ Facebook pages, as they all have shows coming up very soon. Also pay attention to events at the Doll Hut, as they have shows going on every week.

Southern California has such a diverse culture that appreciates many different things. Nowhere else does this diversity appear more in than within the cuisine here. Southern California houses so many different types of food that keeping track of them all turns into a job rather than a chore. Luckily, Southern California has food events, such as Artisanal LA, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious tastebuds. Artisanal LA returned for its semiannual show this past weekend to LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Artisanal LA, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the numerous aisles filled with local artisanal vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. At select times during the weekend, seminars would take place, where visitors can sit down to listen and watch demos or learn about things. The endless aisles contained so many vendors carrying such neat products, many of which attended the Artisanal LA that took place in April earlier this year.

In no particular order, I would like to give props to:

  • Bad Pickle Tees: Food puns t-shirts. Their punny shirts can relate to anyone. I always appreciate seeing them wherever I travel to.
  • Owl’s Brew: Tea-flavored mixer for cocktails. The mixer itself comes as a concentrate, and also works well in non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Grateful Spoon: Small-batch gelato and sorbets. Of all the cold treats at this event, I found myself craving more of their cold treats.
  • Maya Brigadeiro: Traditional Brazilian brigadeiros handmade at home. I challenge you to find better brigadeiros in Los Angeles.
  • Esperti Coffee Collection: Cold-brewed coffee. All the hipsters swear by cold-brewed coffee nowadays.
  • Les Beaux Chocolats: Artfully crafted artisanal chocolates. They look like party favors, and taste just as vibrant.
  • Choct├íl: Single-origin ice creams. Very rich, like ice cream should taste.
  • Califia Farms: All-natural beverages, including aguas frescas. Great beverages for a hot day, and they do not taste watered down.
  • Try My Tea: Southern-style sweet tea. I bought one of these because after a sample, they hooked me.
  • Surprise Surprise Bake Shop: Cake pops. These cake pops put the Starbucks cake pops to shame.

Who did I miss? I definitely did not see Mwokaji Cakery, Velvet Rope Bake Shop, Krave Jerky, ProCakes, Buff Bake, or Joia Soda. I mention these because they stuck in my mind the most from previous iterations of Artisanal LA. But hey – we like variety, and we like to see new things instead of the same things over and over again. I mean, what other ways exist to sample some of the great products that Southern California has to offer other than at Artisanal LA? Remember that Artisanal LA takes place twice a year, so keep an eye out for news of next year’s events. Like the Artisanal LA Facebook page for more information about their upcoming events as they release it.