The 2013 Artisanal LA – No Better Way to Sample LA!

Posted: October 17, 2013 in Bacon, Dessert, Drinks, Events, Food, Los Angeles
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After taking a year off last year, Artisanal LA returns for its largest show ever this past weekend at LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brought together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcased their goods and sold their wonderful products to all the attendees. This year, the organizers had invited so many vendors that they not only took up an entire floor to fill up all the space, but they ended up utilizing another floor, creating two full floors of content for all the attendees.

The bulk of the vendors set up on the 2nd floor of the LA Mart building, while the organizers reserved the 11th floor for workshops, demos, panels, tastings, and more. The 2nd floor featured aisles after aisles full of vendors in each little space, all vying for attendees to try their goods, and hopefully generate a fan out of them. Due to the enclosed space with no industrial ventilation, most of the food arrived premade, or as cold/room temperature goods; a wagyu beef table proved the only real exception of cooking their food on the premises. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibited the best of local Southern Californian flavor. Words cannot fully depict all that transpired at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through the 2nd floor here:

Up on the 11th floor, attendees would mainly find demos, workshops, panels, and a few other odds and ends. A mini café set up in the middle of the space, serving sandwiches and wraps all constructed with local ingredients. For all the surrounding space, attendees had to look for a schedule that listed the programs and times that would take place at each spot.

Having missed out the past couple of years, I had looked forward to attending Artisanal LA for the longest time, and boy did it exceed my expectations. The layout reminded me of Unique LA, but on a much grander scale, covering two floors all with food-related vendors. Artisanal LA appeals to anyone with a love for food, including those with dietary restrictions? Vegan? Gluten-free? Paleo? Artisanal LA has you covered with the plethora of vendors available. Those going the local/sustainable route should fear not, as virtually every vendor present followed that model. With this many options, anyone would have a tough time keeping track of all these delightful eats and treats, and where to purchase it all. If you missed out, make sure to like Artisanal LA on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to stay updated on any of their upcoming events.

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  2. […] or learn about things. Although this past weekend’s event did not carry as many vendors as the last Artisanal LA, just as many visitors showed up, making for a greater customer to vendor ratio. Take a tour as I […]

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