The Taste of West Orange County – Not Truly A Food Fest

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Events, Food, Orange County
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The first annual Taste of West Orange County took place last night at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel. First off, I already want to apologize for the misinformation contained in my post earlier this week. Originally advertised as hosting 40 or more restaurants, this food fest ended up only hosting nine food businesses, which consisted of six corporate businesses and three non-restaurants. Can you already see the failure behind this food fest? Add to the fact that they wanted to charge attendees $30 for 30 taster coupons of meager portions. I have never seen a bigger ripoff since overpriced parade parking. Within this small ballroom, only three local restaurants graced guests with their presences: BDC Tofu House, Patty’s Cakes, and Torch Restaurant. The other corporates consisted of the Knott’s Hotel restaurant, Chick-Fil-A, various Knott’s Berry Farm food vendors, Sam’s Club, Starbucks, and a Holiday Inn restaurant. How can organizers market this event as a food fest to “savor the flavor of the finest local restaurants” when only a few of them represent the locals? “Business Helping Business” does not contribute to the local economy when that business goes to corporate headquarters out of state. I call Shenanigans on this organization attempting to host a food fest for the locals when they cannot even market their own event. In fact, if they did market this event more, more people would end up disappointed at the outcome.

What have we learned? Never trust an event that does not disclose all information. Never trust an event that does not get marketed like the end of the world would. Never trust an event with corporate sponsors. And lastly, never trust an event with fake reviews. If you still have an ounce of interest in this food fest, it returns next year on July 18th… but why would you want to come to this when other grander food fests await?

Comments
  1. As an organizer of this event, I have to agree with most of what you wrote. However, you were wrong in implying we had an ill will or attempted to mislead. We truly wanted this to be an event that showcased the local food culture of the North West Orange County food scene. The event was not a succesful as hope. We were hoping to get more of the restaurants in the area involved but no one would commit before they knew who else was going to be there. We even had the potential of the South Korean government’s Hansik organization being there, but they too just wouldn’t commit.

    We are planning on doing the same event, bigger and better, in July and may change the venue or include outdoor space as well to accomodate food trucks. In addition the price will be lower and we hope to have more than 40 participants.

    We have a board that you are more than welcome to join. We would appreciate your input and participation. Please feel free to contact me at (714) 404-7009 or perrinv64@gmail.com.

    Thanks for your input.

  2. […] flourishing in Buena Park will quickly get overtaken by Knott’s Berry Farm, hence why a Taste of West OC featured Knott’s food as the majority of participants. Elsewhere, everyone regards New […]

  3. […] everywhere else. I hardly see how they represent the local flavor. We have seen this happen last year, and recently it happened again, though to a lesser extent than the former. When corporates […]

  4. […] everywhere else. I hardly see how they represent the local flavor. We have seen this happen last year, and recently it happened again, though to a lesser extent than the former. When corporates […]

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