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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 Foodie Con, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious taste buds. Foodie Con’s first annual event took place this past weekend at The Reef in South Central Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Foodie Con, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the couple of aisles filled with local food and wellness vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. Although this past weekend’s event did not carry as many vendors as other similar food events that have taken place at this same venue, many visitors showed up eventually, making for a great customer to vendor ratio. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Foodie Con did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

Will Foodie con return again next year? It operates similarly to other events that take place here, yet costs significantly more. The admission fee did not provide unlimited food samples, since most of the vendors sold products and did not sample as much. Perhaps if Foodie Con costs less to attend and they add more vendors, they could represent an event that people will want to come back to over and over. See what else Foodie Con has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to the second floor of The Reef near Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features 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. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through the last Artisanal LA here:

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $10 presale or $15 at the door. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

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 Gourmetzia, that allow visitors to experience what Southern California has to offer to your curious taste buds. Gourmetzia took a year off, last occurring in 2014. It returned this past weekend to The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles, bringing along with it a slew of local designer goods for our eyes and mouths. At Gourmetzia, this two-day all-ages event allows visitors to stroll through the numerous aisles filled with local food and wellness vendors, where visitors can sample products, purchase products, or receive information about services for future business. Although this past weekend’s event did not carry as many vendors as other similar food events that have taken place at this same venue, many visitors showed up eventually, making for a great customer to vendor ratio. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Gourmetzia did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

Will Gourmetzia return again next year? It operates similarly to other events that take place here, yet costs significantly more. The admission fee did not provide unlimited food samples, since most of the vendors sold products and did not sample as much. Perhaps if Gourmetzia costs less to attend and they add more vendors, they could represent an event that people will want to come back to over and over. See what else Gourmetzia has in store by liking them on Facebook and following them on Twitter.

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 The Reef 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. 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. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Artisanal LA did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

This weekend, I sampled and bought a handful of goodies from vendors such as:

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 the Fall event that should occur in October. Keep up with Artisanal LA by liking their Facebook page and following them on Twitter for more information about their upcoming events as they release it.

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.

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.

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. 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. Around every corner, most products sold consisted of snacks, especially jerky, or dessert, such as cookies, cupcakes, candy, and more. I would anticipate that anyone arriving without a sweet tooth may feel left out of the many vendors present. Regardless, Artisanal LA did a great job of stocking a diverse lineup of vendors.

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 the Fall event that should occur in October. Like the Artisanal LA Facebook page for more information about their upcoming events as they release it.

Artisanal LA returns for its semiannual show this weekend to the second floor of LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. The floor features 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. From refreshing soft drinks to chocolates to ice cream to grass-fed beef to cakes and beyond, Artisanal LA truly exhibits the best of local Southern Californian flavor. Words cannot fully depict all that transpires at Artisanal LA, so take an abridged tour through last year’s Artisanal LA here:

Find the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more at this designer fair this weekend. See dozens of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world showcasing their goods and selling their wonderful products. Admission to this all-ages event costs $12 presale and $15 at the door. If buying presale, use promo code ebfan to save 30% off the presale price! Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

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.
  • Choctál: 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.

Los Angeles Fashion Week
Now through October 19
All over Los Angeles
http://lafashionweek.net/

The latest in fashion goes public all this week in Los Angeles. Check the website for a list of all fashion events all over Los Angeles going on this week.

Bottle Share @ The Rookery
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 15
The Rookery, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/779375302121690/

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.

New Noise Conference & Festival 2014
7:00 pm – 11:00, October 15-16
5:30 pm – 11:30 pm, October 17
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
Five different venues, Santa Barbara
http://www.newnoisesb.org/

Over this five-day span, five different venues will host numerous music acts, as well as music conferences on Sunday. Ticket prices vary based on the individual music performance, so check the website for full details regarding the musician, ticket prices, location, age limits, and more.

Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 16
Beachwood BBQ, Seal Beach
http://www.facebook.com/events/1534797783399251/

Beachwood BBQ fans rejoice! The one that started them all, Build Your Own Mac & Cheese Night, returns this Thursday night to the Seal Beach restaurant. No reservations required – simply show up, grab a list, then start marking off what you want in your Mac & Cheese dish.

Savor Santa Ana
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, October 16
East End, Downtown Santa Ana
http://www.downtown-santaana.com/

Santa Ana gets their very own strolling tasting event this Thursday night! Folks who have attend any Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor will already know the drill. To participate, simply show up, buy a booklet of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem those tickets at participating restaurants in Downtown Santa Ana for yummy samples. In addition, the weekly Downtown Santa Ana farmer’s market will also take place, allowing visitors to browse those wares as well.

English Dogs – On Tour
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 16, The Observatory’s Constellation Room, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/event/English-Dogs
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17, S.C.L.A. Apparel, Watts, Los Angeles http://www.facebook.com/events/352491461581494/

Original UK punk band English Dogs will tour across the west coast starting with Southern California this week. They will also return to Southern California a few times in the next two weeks. Tickets to these all-ages shows range from $10 to $13.

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 San Diego Comic Fest
9:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 17-18
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, Mission Valley, San Diego
http://www.sdcomicfest.org/

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 Friday or Saturday costs $25 for adults, $12.50 for students, and free for children. Admission for Sunday costs $15 for adults, $7.50 for students, and still free for children. Parking costs $4 per vehicle per day.

58th Annual Silverado Days
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 17
10:00 am – 12:00 am, October 18
8:00 am – 10:00 pm, October 19
William Peak Park, Buena Park
http://www.silveradodays.com/

This annual local fair takes place at Peak Park in Buena Park every year on the third weekend of October. Free to park and enter, guests of all ages will enjoy rides, games, vendors, a food court, live entertainment, and more. Numerous contests that guests can participate in include arm wrestling, horseshoe-throwing, pie-eating, hog calling, baby, dogs, chili cook-off, and more. If arriving at night, know that Halloween Haunt traffic envelopes the park, so turning into the street from Knott Ave will take a long time. Once you turn into the neighborhood, the park’s parking lot has more than enough spots available.

Monterey Park Night Market
5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, October 17
Barnes Park, Monterey Park
http://mpknightmarket.com/

The popularity of night markets has surged within the past year. This Friday, Monterey Park gets their very own night market, complete with free admission. Come to this all-ages outdoor fair this Friday night, and check out all the food, drinks, desserts, merchandise, live entertainment, and more. Expect heavy traffic approaching this area, especially for a Friday night, so plan your commute accordingly.

Duane Peters Gunfight @ Tiki Bar
8:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 17
Tiki Bar, Costa Mesa
http://tikibaroc.com/?p=4

Catch Duane Peters Gunfight, D.I., Riotgun, and more at this punk show at the Tiki Bar this Friday night. No one has specified a cover charge, so have cash available for that. No one under 21 may enter.

Pancakes & Booze Art Show
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 17-18
Lot 613, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.facebook.com/events/673049362743408/

For just a $5 cover, guests get treated to unlimited pancakes and many artists from across the country showcasing their works. Guests can also witness body painting, stencil art, art battles, sculptures, graffiti, and more. Guests can park on the street for free, or park in the adjacent parking lot for $5. No one under 21 may enter.

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Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
9:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Chase Bank, Belmont Shore, Long Beach
http://www.justinrudd.com/chalk.html

Attracting seasoned and emergent visual artists, as well as participants from local high schools and universities, the 11th annual Belmont Shore Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, presented by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.), will showcase the works of diverse artists who will use chalk as their medium, and the sidewalks of Belmont Shore as their canvas. The contest costs nothing for amateurs to enter, so check the website for the registration link.

27th Annual Vintage Fashion Expo
9:00 am – 6:00 pm, October 18
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, October 19
The Reef/LA Mart, Downtown Los Angeles
http://www.vintageexpo.com/

Find all the latest trends in vintage fashion this weekend at The Reef (LA Mart) in Los Angeles. Attendees to this expo will find hundreds of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale from over 50 different vendors for both men and women. Ticket prices heavily vary, but note that general admission starts at 10:30 am on Saturday. Those that purchase an upgraded ticket can enter as early as 9am. Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

7th Annual Old Town Tustin Art Walk
10:00 am – 4:00 pm, October 18
Old Town (Downtown) Tustin
http://www.tustinca.org/artwalk/

Check out over 60 artist booths lined up along the streets of Old Town Tustin this Saturday. This annual event also includes music, a wine bar, a photography contest, kids’ art at the Tustin Library, docent-led tours, and more. All local businesses will operate under regular business hours.

2nd Annual San Clemente Oktoberfest
11:00 am – 7:00 pm, October 18
Elks Lodge, San Clemente
http://scoktoberfest.weebly.com/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more. Admission to this Oktoberfest celebration costs $10.

2nd Annual Ramen Yokocho Fest
11:00 am – 9:00 pm, October 18-19
Fairplex, Pomona
http://ramenyokochous.com/

At this all-ages festival, guests can explore and eat ramen from some of LA’s top Japanese chefs. Admission costs $5 per person, while each bowl of ramen will cost $8. Parking will cost $10 per vehicle, so I recommend carpooling to save money.

Downtown Burbank Oktoburfest
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, October 18
Gordon Biersch, Burbank
http://www.downtown-burbank.org/events.php

Downtown Burbank turns on the taps for Oktoberfest with ample helpings of beer and good times. A Biergarten will take over San Fernando Blvd between Olive & Angeleno, where beer enthusiasts can sample a variety of brews, pick up a swag bag filled with special offers, obtain a souvenir glass, and enjoy music & entertainment. Guests can obtain food & appetizers for takeout from area restaurants and eateries. General admission costs $45 and starts at 2pm, while VIP admission starts at 12pm and allows access to rare brews.

7th Annual Tattoos For The Cure
12:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 18
Ink’d Chronicles, Pomona
http://www.facebook.com/events/429922330478520/

At this annual breast cancer charity event, find tattoos, a fashion show, live music, an art exhibit, vendors, beer, raffle prizes, and more. Any visitor wanting a tattoo must spend $80 minimum on it. Artists volunteer their time, and all proceeds get donated to the breast health program at Cancer Care Center.

Anaheim Brewery Oktoberfest
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
Anaheim Brewery, Anaheim
http://anaheimbrewery.wordpress.com/2014/09/16/anaheim-brewerys-2014-oktoberfest-double-dates/

Expect to find all of the typical Oktoberfest festivities here: chicken dancing, German music, stein holding, beer chugging, sausages, pretzels, normal bar beers, and more.

BierBuzz Masquerade 2014
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, October 18
Inland Empire Brewing Company, Riverside
http://masqueradebeerfest.com/

Halloween and craft beer meet this Saturday night at this costumed beer fest. 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 rain or shine. Guests can find plenty of free street parking throughout the neighborhood. No one under 21 may enter.

8th Annual Pasadena Mumbo Gumbo Fest
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, October 18
T. Boyles Tavern, Pasadena
http://www.gumbofestpasadena.com/

All the gumbo you can eat returns to Pasadena this Saturday evening. This festival celebrates gumbo at its finest, and also includes live music, dancing, $5 beers & glasses of wines, and more. Presale tickets cost $50, while tickets at the door cost $60.

11th Annual Sea Fare
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm, October 18
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
http://www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/seafare/

This annual food-tasting fundraiser will feature food & drink samples from over 25 local restaurants, live music, a silent auction, an open bar, and more. Tickets to this event costs $125 per person.

Circus Jerks @ The World Famous Doll Hut
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim
http://www.facebook.com/events/273991146144629/

Get your weekly fill of punk rock this Saturday night at the Doll Hut in Anaheim. The cover for this show costs $5. No one under 21 may enter.

D.R.I. – When Worlds Collide Tour
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, October 18, Brick By Brick, San Diego http://www.ticketfly.com/event/639985-when-worlds-collide-tour-san-diego/
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, October 19, The Observatory, Santa Ana http://www.observatoryoc.com/events/dri-2014

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.

Spooktacular Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K
7:00 am – 11:00 pm, October 19
Frank G Bonelli Regional Park, San Dimas
http://www.spooktacular10k.com/

Enjoy a costumed fun run this Sunday in San Dimas. 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. Parking at the park costs $10 per vehicle.

2014 Pour It Black
10:00 am – 2:00 pm, October 19
Stone Brewing, Escondido
http://www.stonebrewing.com/pouritblack/

Love dark beers? You owe it to visit Stone Brewing’s Pour It Black, a beer festival dedicated to dark beers. Admission costs $45 and comes with fifteen 3oz tasters and a souvenir glass. No one under 21 may attend.

2nd Annual Sriracha Festival
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, October 19
Chinatown, Downtown Los Angeles
http://sriracha.nightout.com/

Test your spice tolerance at this food festival dedicated to sriracha this Sunday afternoon in Downtown Los Angeles. General admission costs $59, starts at 3pm, and include all tastings, including craft beer and cocktail samples. VIP admission costs $90, starts at 2pm, and includes reserved seating.

Eddie & The Hot Rods @ Slide Bar
7:00 pm – 12:00 am, October 19
Slide Bar, Fullerton
http://www.facebook.com/events/245542405656789/

UK rockers Eddie & The Hot Rods return to America for a two-week tour. Catch them in Fullerton this Sunday night. No one under 21 may enter.

The Fall 2014 Artisanal LA returns to LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles this upcoming weekend. Featuring the latest and greatest of artisan food and drinks in Southern California, this all-ages designer edibles fair brings together the latest trends in food, drinks, fashion, accessories, and more. Hundreds of artists, chefs, bakers, designers, and more from across the world will showcase their goods and sell their wonderful products to all the attendees. Admission costs $12 presale or $15 at the door, or $20 for the entire weekend. Presale admission buyers will also receive a free tote bag when they arrive at Artisanal LA! Parking at the venue costs $15 per vehicle, but visitors can either search for other parking lots or street meters, or take public transportation to save on commute costs.

The bulk of the vendors set up on the 2nd floor of the LA Mart building, while the organizers reserve the 11th floor for workshops, demos, panels, tastings, and more. The 2nd floor features 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 arrives premade, or as cold/room temperature goods; however, last year 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 exhibits 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 of last year’s event here:

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

The layout of Artisanal LA reminds 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 follows 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. Make sure to like Artisanal LA on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter to stay updated on any of their upcoming events.