Posts Tagged ‘Crave Expo’

Despite a little wet weather, the Crave Expo went on as planned this past Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim. The Crave Expo represents a gathering of food vendors all in one spot for attendees of all ages to check out and dine from. The organizers originally set this up as a ticketed event costing $5 presale or $10 at the gate per person; however, with the weather forecast showing rain all weekend, the organizers decided to nix the admission fee and allow people in for free as long as they preregister; otherwise it would still cost people $10 to enter if they just show up. Once inside, attendees gained access to all the vendors and could eat from whichever they chose. Basically, think of this as a food court, since attendees still needed to pay for any food or drink they wished to consume.

When I first heard about this event, it immediately appeared to me as a food truck fest. Remember food truck fests from 2010-2012? You paid some crazy amount of money to get in, then had to pay again for food. Once people realized that you could visit these food trucks elsewhere for free, people stopped going to food truck fests. Instead, people opted to go to weekly food truck gatherings, or the monthly ones such as First Fridays. Undaunted, I waltzed in to Crave Expo with a little over $40 in cash and checked out what they had to offer. Not surprisingly, I had seen most of these vendors before, either at other similar food events such as Artisanal LA or OC Night Market, or at local food truck gatherings such as Street Food Tuesday. Regardless, I did not want to walk away on an empty stomach. By the time I left, I had over $10 in my wallet.

I do anticipate that Crave Expo will return again in the future, but I advise to keep an open mind about how this event works. Remember that you can indeed find and visit most of these mobile food vendors elsewhere for free, thus avoiding paying for some sort of admission fee just to visit a food truck. Stay active with the local food truck scene by following your favorite food trucks on Twitter, and you will get to visit lots of them without needing to go to another “food truck fest” for some fee.

Mustard Plug 2017 West Coast Tour
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 13, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside
8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 14, Slide Bar, Fullerton
8:30 pm – 12:30 am, February 15, The Casbah, San Diego
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, The Viper Room, West Hollywood

Famous ska band Mustard Plug currently tours across the west coast, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Ticket prices and age limits vary with each show, so refer to Mustard Plug’s website for show details.

Valentine’s Day
February 14

Happy Valentine’s Day! Many businesses may offer special meals for this occasion, so check with your favorite local establishment to see if they have anything special to offer. This includes non-food places, such as museums.

Wine, Cheese & Chocolate
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Eat Drink Americano, Arts District, Downtown Los Angeles

Indulge in a cheese, chocolate, and wine pairing session this Tuesday night in Downtown LA. Admission costs $90 per person, and includes all foods and wines that attendees will enjoy. No one under 21 may attend.

Naughty Valentines Burlesque Show
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm, February 14
Gaslamp, Long Beach

Come see some sultry dancing this Tuesday night in Long Beach. Admission starts at $10 and goes up depending on where you want to stand or sit, with a dinner package available as well, starting at $50.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 15
The Rookery, Pomona

Share your favorite craft beer with other craft beer enthusiasts at this bottle share this Wednesday night in Downtown Pomona. Bring in a 750ml bottle of craft beer and order at least $10 of food in order to participate. Guests can find plenty of free parking in the area, and can avoid paying for parking entirely.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, February 16-18
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

This show brings tens of thousands of collectors worldwide to share, buy, sell, and trade their collectibles. Complete with seminars, workshops, press conferences, vendor booths, auctions, and more, this all-ages expo will delight anyone interested in collecting valuable goods. Admission costs $8, with discounts available for seniors and children. Use promo code MEDIA for free passes. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

Reel Big Fish: 2017 US Winter Tour
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 16, The Belasco Theater, Downtown Los Angeles
6:30 pm – 11:30 pm, February 17, House of Blues, San Diego

Reel Big Fish currently tours across the country as part of their annual winter tour, and that tour swings through Southern California this week. Tickets to these all-ages show vary in price, so check the venue’s link for details.

Fang: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 16, Alex’s Bar, Long Beach
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Garage, Ventura
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18, The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Hardcore punk band Fang will headline a bunch of shows in Southern California this week. Ticket prices will vary by the show’s location, so refer to Fang’s website for details. No one under 21 may enter any of these shows.

5th Annual San Diego Comic Fest
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 17
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 20
Four Points by Sheraton, Parkview, San Diego

Much smaller and more intimate than the San Diego Comic Con, this weekend expo will feature artists, writers, actors, models, screenings, speakers, autograph sessions, merchandise, apparel, accessories, and more. Admission on Saturday or Sunday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Monday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. A 4-day weekend pass costs $50 for adults, $25 for children, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

Foam Wonderland – Climax Tour 2017
6:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
City National Grove, Anaheim

Want to get covered in foam without the necessity of moving for five kilometers? Check out this foam party this Friday night in Anaheim. Take a nighttime EDM scene, throw in colors, lights, and foam, and you have one messy and wet dance party. Tickets start at $58. No one under 18 may attend.

Blanks 77 – Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 17, The Observatory, Santa Ana
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm, February 18, Club Los Globos, Silverlake
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 19, Soda Bar, San Diego

Oi punk band Blanks 77 will headline a group of shows this weekend in Southern California. Ticket prices to these all-ages show vary by location, so check on their Facebook page for prices for each show.

Punk Rock Karaoke
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 17, Saint Rocke, Hermosa Beach
8:00 pm – 12:00 am, February 18, Mission Tobacco Lounge, Riverside

Live out your punk rock dream with Punk Rock Karaoke this Friday night in Hermosa Beach, complete with a backing band consisting of professional musicians. Admission costs $10 for Friday in Hermosa Beach, or $15 for Saturday in Riverside. No one under 21 may enter.

Rock The Boat: Love Stinks
10:00 pm – 2:00 am, February 17
Grand Romance Riverboat, Long Beach

Take a boat ride out to sea this Friday night to enjoy an unregulated no-limits skacore show. Admission costs $25 presale. No one under 21 may attend.

Insane Inflatable 5K San Diego
9:00 am – 3:00 pm, February 18
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, Vista

It appears that people will do anything to break the mundane cycle of 5k runs. Introducing the Insane Inflatable 5K, a 5k obstacle course that takes you through inflatable obstacles. You remember these things as a kid. Now endure them as you challenge yourself and others to get through over three miles of this stuff. Registration costs $65 online or $75 on the day of the event, and comes with an event t-shirt.

24th Annual Queen Mary ScotsFest
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18-19
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

Exhibit and explore Scottish culture this weekend at the Queen Mary’s annual Scottish Festival. Open to all ages, this festival will allow guests to experience Scottish music, dancing, athletic competitions, food, apparel, merchandise, and more. Plenty of activities will keep guests of all ages occupied, such as a kids’ zone and petting zoo for little ones, and a darts tournament and whiskey tastings for adults. Saturday ticket-holders also receive a discount for the ensuing Scottish music concert at night (see event below). Single-day tickets cost $19 for adults, while other ticket packages will vary in prices. Parking will get hectic, so I highly recommend taking the FREE Passport bus from downtown to here. As the majority of the fest takes place outdoors, I suggest applying sunscreen and dressing for outdoor weather.

12th Annual Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18-19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Interested in traveling and getting out to explore? Find all the information and resources you need and more this weekend at the Travel & Adventure Show. Presale admission costs $11 for one day, or $18 for both days.

2017 Long Beach Comic Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
10:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 19
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Comic fans rejoice! The Long Beach Comic Expo returns for its annual installment at the Long Beach Convention Center this Saturday. Admission costs $30 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday, or $50 for both days, giving guests all-day entry to the all-ages expo, where they can find plenty of merchandise, vendors, workshops, seminars, comic book signings/autographs, and more. Expect hundreds of cosplayers, as both exhibitors and attendees will dress up as their favorite fictional character. The convention center will sell food to hungry guests, but you can also check out the other great restaurants nearby if you get hungry, plus the bike fest going on across the street. Convention Center parking costs $10, so I suggest taking carpooling, taking public transportation, or parking in the neighborhoods east of Alamitos Ave and walking to the Convention Center.

Southern California Pet Expo
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, San Diego

This FREE all-ages expo for all things pet-related takes place this weekend at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego County. Open to all types of pets (with proof of vaccination), visitors can experience agility demos, prize giveaways, pet adoptions, free grooming, training sessions, and more. Bring cash for parking, which will cost between $5 to $10 per vehicle.

Santa Anita Winners’ Circle Chili Cook Off
10:30 am – 6:00 pm, February 18
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Enjoy chili tastings from local cooks as they enter their prized chili recipes in hopes of taking home the grand prize. General admission costs $10 and provides entry to the event as well as access to the racetrack and betting. All food and drinks sold separately.

3rd Annual Los Angeles Cookie Con & Sweets Show
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, February 18
11:00 am – 4:00 pm, February 19
Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles

Got a sweet tooth? You will not want to miss this event featuring all things sweet. General admission costs $25, and includes access to unlimited treats while supplies last. Celebrity chefs will also make an appearance for anyone wanting photos or autographs.

16th Annual Venice Beach Mardi Gras
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, February 18
Venice Beach, Venice

Get wild this Saturday afternoon in Venice Beach. Free to attend for all ages, expect to see of of wild and vibrant outfits in this parade. The public may jump in to the parade too!

Free Punk Rock Show @ The World Famous Doll Hut
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, February 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Enjoy a FREE local punk rock show this Saturday afternoon in Anaheim. No one under 21 may enter.

3rd Annual Air + Style Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 11:00 pm, February 18-19
Exposition Park, Los Angeles

Music and snowboarding collide at this extreme sports event this weekend in Los Angeles. Tickets to this concert start at $79 and go up depending on your mode of attendance.

San Diego Winter Brew Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, February 18
Hall of Champions, Balboa Park, San Diego

This winter beer festival returns to Balboa Park this weekend. General admission to this winter beer festival starts at 7pm and costs $40 presale or $50 at the door. Pay $10 more to enter the festival an hour earlier at 6pm. No one under 21 may enter.

Anti Social: Live in Southern California
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, February 18
Five Star Bar, Downtown Los Angeles

Rock out to some local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Downtown LA. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

Dine Out Long Beach Restaurant Week 2.0
February 19-25
Participating restaurants, Long Beach

The city of Long Beach has so many fine restaurants that they will have an entire week to celebrate the bounty. During this 7-day period, participating restaurants will have various food & drink specials. Check the website linked above for a list of participating restaurants and their specials.

Crave Expo
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, February 19
Phoenix Club, Anaheim

Basically, a gourmet food truck or mobile food vendor fest. Preregister on their website to enter for free, or pay $10 at the gate to enter the event, and you gain access to a plethora of various food and beverage vendors. The admission only grants you entry, nothing else. Attendees will need to bring plenty of cash to pay for any food or drinks they intend to consume. Regular admission starts at 12pm, while a special VIP hour will take place starting at 11am. Dress appropriately for outdoor weather, including sunscreen for those intending to stay long. The venue provides free parking.

The Downton Abbey Tea
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, February 19
Whimsic Alley, Los Angeles

Fans of Downton Abbey will not want to miss this formal tea supper this Sunday evening in Burbank. The $40 admission includes tea, sandwiches, dessert, entertainment, and themed activities.