Posts Tagged ‘Nepenthia’

The first out of five days of the Nepenthia collective of events kicked off this past Saturday afternoon with the 2nd Annual Nepenthia Beer Garden. Taking place at Farmers Park right outside the Anaheim Packing House in Downtown Anaheim, this outdoor festival took the concept of a beer festival and added local artists and free food, essentially yielding a VIP experience. 15 Southern Californian microbreweries participated in this festival to serve their refreshing brews for this hot sunny day, accompanied by food from four of the local area’s beer-friendly restaurants. Around the venue, guests could stroll through the park, observing the garden and the various art on display, some of which guests could purchase to take home. Any guests searching for solace away from the heat could enter the Anaheim Packing House nearby to rest and browse the shops there. Although admission cost $55, more than the average beer fest price of $40, this festival did provide unlimited beer and food while supplies lasted. However, only four tables served food, and one ran out early, leaving for some long lines for food that eventually ran out before the festival ended.

The participating vendors included more than just art – available merchandise also included accessories and apparel.

Out of the original lineup of participating food businesses, two of them did not procure a booth within the festival. Instead, Hans’ Homemade Ice Cream and Buy N’ Bulk operated out of the Packing House. Neither of them featured any specials for Nepenthia’s attendees though, so they basically did not participate in the event at all. Fireside Tavern did participate in the festival, greeting guests as the first table visible upon entering. Their Pork Belly Sliders flew like hotcakes, so much so that they had ran out of food in less than two hours into the event. Further down the row, Hopscotch Tavern roasted their Al Pastor pork on a spit, attracting many of the alluring scent of the chiles, spices, and pineapple. They used the pork to make Al Pastor Street Tacos, a big hit with all guests. SlapFish made an appearance to serve their Lobster Grinder. Lastly, The Iron Press garnered a long line for their Chicken & Waffles samples. Unfortunately, they did not use fresh, crispy waffles. Instead, we received soggy waffles, so these samples did not accurately represent the food from The Iron Press.

15 microbreweries from Southern California participated in Nepenthia to serve their refreshing summer brews. Every brewery focused on flavor without going heavy for their beers served here, as this festival aims to celebrate the seasonal bounty of beers. From the front to the back, guests would have discovered great beers from:

  1. Beach City Brewing
  2. Karl Strauss Brewing
  3. Beachwood Brewing
  4. Bottle Logic Brewing
  5. Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
  6. Noble Ale Works
  7. Coronado Brewing
  8. Stone Brewing
  9. Smog City Brewing
  10. El Segundo Brewing
  11. Taps Brewery
  12. Ritual Brewing
  13. Valiant Brewing
  14. Cismontane Brewing
  15. Bootlegger’s Brewery

As of the date of this posting, only two days remain in the Nepenthia collective’s five days of events. Hopscotch Tavern has Taco Tuesday going on tonight, while The Iron Press at the Anaheim Packing House will host a Nepenthia closing party on Wednesday night. You can still obtain some Nepenthia beer at Noble Ale Works until it runs out. If you missed the beer at the festival, or completely missed the festival, check out the beer at Noble Ale Works, and check out the final event at The Iron Press.

Beer, food, music, and art collide in a colossal mashup at the 2014 Nepenthia Beer Garden this Saturday afternoon from 3pm to 7pm at Farmers Park in Downtown Anaheim. This all-in-one festival will feature 15 Southern Californian breweries all pouring their refreshing beers, five restaurants serving beer-friendly food, and art & music from local talent. Attendees can stroll along Farmers Park, exhibiting all of the amazing works of art on display, all while enjoying the live music playing throughout the day. Attendees can also roam into the newly opened Anaheim Packing House and browse the shops there, in addition to escaping the hot sun. The ticket price of $55* comes with unlimited food and beer tastings until it all runs out, as well as a souvenir beer glass. Keep these tips in mind if you plan to attend the beer garden this Saturday:

  • REMEMBER to bring PHOTO ID! Amazingly, many guests think they can enter without showing it to the front security.
  • Absolutely nobody under 21 may enter the festival. Do not even think about bringing your kids or pets.
  • Guests may park for free. Plenty of street parking exists, as well as a free parking structure on 42nd Street on the northeast corner of Anaheim Blvd and Broadway. Guests may even ride their bikes to Farmers Park.
  • Basic directions to the aforementioned parking structure:
    • From Los Angeles/South Bay: take the (91 Fwy East to) 5 Fwy South, exit Lincoln Ave, turn left, immediately turn right on Manchester Ave, turn left on Broadway, turn left on Claudina St after Anaheim Blvd, parking structure on left
    • From Pomona/Inland Empire: take the (91 Fwy West to) 57 Fwy South, exit Lincoln Ave, turn right, turn left on East St, turn right on Broadway, turn right on Philadelphia St, parking structure on right
    • From South Orange County: take the (55 Fwy North to) 5 Fwy North, exit Harbor Blvd, turn right, turn right on Broadway, turn left on Claudina St after Anaheim Blvd, parking structure on left
  • Guests may buy some of the art on display. Bring cash if interested.
  • Though the park contains some shaded areas, consider applying sunscreen, and have extra sunscreen available. Security will not confiscate sunscreen from you.
  • Stay hydrated throughout the festival. Guests can enter the Packing House not only to cool off, but to obtain non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Dress appropriately for hot weather. Southern California will get hot this weekend, and the combination of heat, salty food, and alcohol will quickly lead to dehydration.
  • Try to hold on to your beer glass – guests receive no replacement for lost or broken glasses.

Unable to attend the beer garden this Saturday? The beer garden marks the first day out of five days of the Nepenthia collective, which will continue all the way up to June 25th with events everyday around Orange County. Such events will include:

  • June 21, 7pm: Beer Garden After Party at The Iron Press at the Packing House
  • June 22, 11am: Beer Brunch at SideDoor in Corona Del Mar
  • June 23, 7pm: Ballast Point Beer Pairing Dinner at C4 Deli in Santa Ana
  • June 24, 4pm: Taco Tuesday at Hopscotch Tavern in Fullerton
  • June 25, 5pm: Closing Party at The Iron Press at the Packing House
  • All week: Nepenthia Beer Pouring at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim

All ticket sales benefit Inspire Artistic Minds, a nonprofit offering scholarships to those in the craft beer, food, and beverage industries.

* = Use promo code BEERME to save $20 off the ticket price!

Taste of Little Italy
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 18
Little Italy, Downtown San Diego

Sample the local flavor of Little Italy this Wednesday night, as attendees stroll through Little Italy and sample food directly in each participating business. Attendees pay for a stamp card with boxes representing each participating business. After receiving a sample, that business will stamp their corresponding box. Two different stamp cards exist for a north route and a south route, and each route’s stamp card costs $29 each, while purchasing both costs $45.

Belmont Shore Stroll & Savor
5:30 pm – 9:00 pm, June 18-19
Along 2nd Street, Belmont Shore

This “Taste of Belmont Shore” occurs during the summer months annually from May through August on the third Wednesday and the Thursday immediately after. Attendees may purchase booklets of 12 tickets for $10, and redeem these tickets for food & drink samples from various restaurants along 2nd Street. Buy tickets presale now at Olives Gourmet, La Strada, We Olive, Mail Boxes etc. & Sweet Jill’s, or purchase tickets in front of CHASE BANK during the event.

Take Your Dog To Work Day
All day, June 20

As the name suggests, this holiday celebrates man’s best friend by granting a day where pet lovers can bring their darling dog(s) to work. Please consult with your boss/manager/supervisor if you can bring a dog to work!

Major League Gaming Championship
9:00 am – 1:00 am, June 20
8:00 am – 12:00 am, June 21
8:00 am – 9:00 pm, June 22
Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim

Watch competitive video gaming, or participate in tournaments yourself at this weekend’s video game competition at the Anaheim Convention Center. Registration fees vary based on the game, so consult the website to see how much it costs to participate in certain games.

Downtown LA Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 20-21
Staples Center, Los Angeles

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Downtown LA for the first time this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Presale tickets cost $7, while tickets at the door will start from $10.

8th Annual Calabasas Malibu Wine & Food Festival
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 20-21
Calabasas Country Club, Calabasas

A grand two-night food & wine festival returns to Calabasas this weekend. This gala of food, wine, beer, desserts, celebrity chefs, cars, music, burlesque, and more brings together people from all over to sample the best of Calabasas, Malibu, and select vendors from the Greater Los Angeles Area. General admission costs $150 and starts at 7pm, while VIP tickets cost $300 and starts at 6pm.

Tochtli Fest
6:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 20
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 21-22
The Vortex, Los Angeles

Check out this three-day folk punk fest just outside of Downtown LA this weekend, featuring bands from across the nation. A weekend pass costs $24, while admission costs $8 for Friday or $10 for Saturday or Sunday.

28th Annual Long Beach Bayou & Blues Festival
11:00 am – 9:30 pm, June 21
11:00 am – 8:00 pm, June 22
Rainbow Lagoon Park, Long Beach

Enjoy a weekend of Blues & Jazz music, specialty Cajun & Creole food, a Mardi Gras parade, dancing, kids’ activities, and more. Ticket prices vary, with general admission costing $25 presale, and discounts available for seniors and students. This fest takes place outdoors with very little shade, so dress for the warm weather, and prepare sunscreen.

2nd Annual Dana Point Food, Wine & Music Festival
12:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 21
Sea Terrace Park, Dana Point

Taste the local flavor of Dana Point and neighboring cities this Saturday afternoon in Dana Point. Free to attend, visitors can freely roam and browse the attending businesses, and pay for the food as they go. All vendors will have food and/or drinks available at their own price, so all visitors should bring cash in order to receive food or drinks. Guests can park for free at Dana Point High School, and take the shuttle from there to arrive at the location.

Punk Rock Luau #2
2:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 21
The World Famous Doll Hut, Anaheim

Don your flip-flops and Hawaiian shirts to this daytime punk rock show at the World Famous Doll Hut this Saturday. The cover for this show costs $10, or $8 if you wear a Hawaiian shirt. No one under 21 may enter.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 21
Farmers Park, Anaheim

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, and drinks.

Agent Orange @ Gaslamp Long Beach
3:00 pm – 9:30 pm, June 21
Gaslamp Bar, Long Beach

Catch legendary punk band Agent Orange as they headline an all-ages show in Long Beach this Saturday afternoon. The cover for this show costs $15. Guests may park for free if arriving before 4pm – arrive after, and pay $5 to park.

Luicidal @ 13th Frame Lounge
7:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 21
13th Frame Lounge, La Habra

Enjoy some local hardcore punk this Saturday night in La Habra. The cover for this all-ages show costs $10.

Radioactive Chicken Heads @ The Smell
8:00 pm – 1:30 am, June 21
The Smell, Downtown Los Angeles

Get weirded out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in Downtown LA for just $5.

Punk Rock Overload
8:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Overtime Bar, Carson

Rock out to some local punk rock this Saturday night in the South Bay. The cover for this show costs $3 per person or $5 for two before 9:30pm, or $5 per person afterwards. No one under 21 may enter.

Social Conflict @ Scottland Yard
9:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 21
Scottland Yard, Canoga Park

Check out these local punk rock bands this Saturday night in Canoga Park. No one under 21 may enter.

Dirty Little Secrets Rock Burlesque – Summer Solstice
10:00 pm – 12:30 am, June 21
Cirivello’s Sports Stop, Long Beach

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

14th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 22
Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65.

5th Annual Summer Solstice Festival & International Taco Festival
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 22
Muckenthaler Cultural Center, Fullerton

Sample worldly cuisine in a tortilla at this taco fest this Sunday afternoon at The Muck in Fullerton. The Summer Solstice Festival, which contains live music, arts & crafts, merchandise, and more, occurs the entire time, and costs nothing to attend for all ages. The Taco Fest starts at 1pm, lasts two hours, and requires an entry fee, which guests pay for at the gate. No one under 21 may attend the Taco Fest, as it also comes with complimentary beer tastings from Bootlegger’s Brewery. Guests may park for free at the venue.

MacLeod Ale Brewing’s Grand Opening
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
MacLeod Ale Brewing, Van Nuys

A new brewery will open their doors to the public this Sunday, and they will celebrate their grand opening with four two-hour tasting sessions. Each session costs $15 to attend, and includes up to 50 ounces of beer tasters. Hungry visitors can munch on food from any of the available food trucks, though food comes at a separate cost.

The Gears – Record Release Party
3:00 pm – 8:00 pm, June 22
Cafe NELA, Los Angeles

The Gears will release a new album very soon, and they will celebrate the release of it this Sunday afternoon with a lineup of great local bands. Interested attendees must RSVP on the event page in order to attend.

Formation Flight Night
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 4
Hangar 24 Brewery, Redlands

For $25, enjoy a night of gourmet ice cream pairings with Hangar 24 beers. The website says June 3rd, but since that already sold out, they added another night, the 4th. Contact the tasting room to buy tickets or inquire more info.

Taste of Downtown Long Beach
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, June 5-6
Pine & Broadway, Downtown Long Beach

Sample food from local restaurants in Downtown Long Beach at this two-night tasting, or enjoy some brews at the beer garden sponsored by Beachwood BBQ. Each sample costs varying amounts of tickets, which cost $1 each. Purchase tickets online to receive two free tickets for every $10 spent. Guests can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structure between 3rd, 4th, and Pine.

Long Beach Coin, Stamp, & Sports Collectible Expo
10:00 am – 7:00 pm, June 6-8
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. Parking at the convention center costs $10.

2013 Ink-N-Iron Kustom Culture Festival
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
11:00 am – 2:00 am, June 8
11:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 9
The Queen Mary, Long Beach

One of the world’s grandest stage for alternative lifestyles, the annual Ink-N-Iron Festival returns this weekend to the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Complete with live music, tattooing, custom cars, cabaret shows, circus acts, aerial acrobatics, a pin-up pageant, merchandise, and more, this all-ages festival covers everything for fans of punk rock, rockabilly, and other similar genres. Tickets cost $60 per day, or $180 for the weekend pass. Parking at the Queen Mary fills up incredibly fast and costs almost half as much as admission, so search for parking in Downtown Long Beach and take the free red Passport bus down to the Queen Mary.

2013 Jubilee Music & Arts Festival
3:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 7
2:00 pm – 2:00 am, June 8
Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Check out this 2-day festival full of local artists, musicians, authors, comedians, and more in Downtown LA. In addition to the all-day live entertainment, attendees will find food trucks, merchandise, apparel, accessories, music albums, and more at this all-ages festival. Tickets cost $30 per day, or $50 for both days. If you plan to arrive early, prepare yourself for standing outdoors for a long time – hat, sunscreen, etc.

First Fridays
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Various locations
Long Beach:

This monthly artwalk occurs on the first Friday of every month. Each location offers different activities, but most will contain food & drink specials, art exhibits & displays, street performers, and more. Venice and Long Beach have the two largest gatherings of all First Fridays. Other locations include Westchester, Fullerton, and City of Industry. Most First Fridays locations cost nothing to attend, while the local businesses uphold their standard rules (e.g. bars 21+ only).

The Ultimate LA Block Party
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 7
Grand Park, Downtown Los Angeles

Have some fun in the park this Friday night. This free and all-ages event celebrates Los Angeles’ heritage with food, music, art, games, celebrity appearances, and more.

Free Punk Rock Show
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Blacklight District Lounge, Long Beach

Catch a FREE punk rock show this Friday night in Long Beach. Playing in order: Criminology, Shindig Avenue, Rodents of Unusual Size, Civil Disgust, and Dirty Hammer. No one under 21 may enter.

The Secret Affair – 60’s Night
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 7
Alex’s Bar, Long Beach

Occurring on every month’s first Friday, this 60’s night at Alex’s Bar will play all vinyl music of motown, northern soul, boogaloo, 60’s pop, and more. Feel free to dress up too, as the bar staff will hold costume contests and dance contests.

2013 Torch Run
8:30 am – 2:00 pm, June 8
Shoreline Aquatic (Lighthouse) Park, Long Beach

Run in a torch relay and raise money for the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center. This run actually operates on a donation basis, so the organizers simply ask for a donation to the cause from participants. Guests can park in the Aquarium parking structure for a small fee, or park in or near downtown and take the free bus down to the aquarium.

2013 Scuba Show
10:00 am – 6:00 pm, June 8-9
Long Beach Convention Center, Downtown Long Beach

Come to this diving expo and check out hundreds of diving companies and resorts from around the world. Dozens of seminars will highlight equipment, destinations, training, photography, ecology, and more. Attendees will also find a seafood cooking demo, plus other goodies, such as door prizes. Admission varies based on the mode of attendance, with general admission starting at $12. Children under 13 get in free with a paid adult admission.

Ninja-Con Anime Convention
10:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center, Downtown Los Angeles

Fans of anime, manga, video games, comics, cosplay, Asian culture, and anything else with ninjas in it will not want to miss Ninja-Con, happening this Saturday at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Discuss and share hobbies with other attendees during the convention, and introduce others to new things. Admission to this all-ages convention costs $20.

26th Annual Palos Verdes Street Fair
10:00 am – 10:00 pm, June 8-9
Peninsula Center, Palos Verdes

Located all the way out in the hills of Palos Verdes, this annual street fair contains numerous vendors, merchandise, arts & crafts, rides, food, live entertainment, and more. Free for all ages, guests from out of town can enjoy the scenery as they drive up the hills to arrive in Palos Verdes. Guests can park for free in the high school parking lots across the street from the shopping center.

5th Annual Malibu Beer Festival
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 8
The World Famous Malibu Inn, Malibu

Taste beers, local food, wines, and spirits from around the world all for the low entry price of $25 per person. Guests may only purchase tickets online, not at the door. This small beer fest only has about 50 tickets left at the time I write this, so act quick!

38 Degrees Ale House 4th Anniversary Celebration
1:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
38 Degrees Ale House, Alhambra

To celebrate turning four, 38 Degrees will tap some limited releases, archived beers, barrel aged beers, sours, local brews, and more. This event requires no admission or reservations – simply show up and order what you like. You can park for free in the parking lot behind the restaurant, or in the structure across from 1st Street.

8th Annual Los Angeles Wine Fest
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm, June 8
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, June 9
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood

Want to sample up to over 500 wines, brews, and spirits from around the world? Head to LA Wine Fest this weekend, where you will find plenty of good drinks, cooking demos, live entertainment, seminars, food trucks, boutiques, merchandise, and more. Ticket prices vary depending on how you choose to attend, with a general admission ticket starting at $65. This fest takes place outdoors with limited shade, so prepare for a day in the sun. Bring cash for the parking lot across the street, unless you get lucky and find street parking.

Nepenthia Beer Garden
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, June 8
TeWinkle Park, Costa Mesa

Beer, food, music, art – everything you need to create an outstanding beer fest. Unlike a standard beer fest, Nepenthia focuses on the food too; thus, this event pairs food from local chefs with beers from local breweries. Tickets cost $55, and include parking, food, drinks, and first dibs at purchasing tickets to PigOut 2.0.

Full Eight Fest
3:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
The Vex, Los Angeles

Lots of punk rock and ska/core bands will play at this all-day all-ages show at The Vex in Los Angeles. Two stages will alternate bands to eliminate dead time, while guests can check out art and vendors. The venue will sell food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages for those 21 and over. Tickets to this show cost $20. Keep in mind that the venue does not allow reentries, so do not plan to leave without paying the ticket fee again.

626 Night Market
4:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 8
4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, June 9
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

The largest Asian night market in America moves to Santa Anita Park this weekend. This flea market of sorts will host tons of vendors selling Asian wares, merchandise, apparel, appliances, food, drinks, and more. Admission costs $2 before 6pm, and $3 afterwards. Guests may now park here for free during the event.

Punk Rock Show @ La Habra 300 Bowl
9:00 pm – 1:00 am, June 8
La Habra 300 Bowl, La Habra

See local bands rock it out at this all-ages show this Saturday night in La Habra.

13th Annual Los Angeles River Ride
7:00 am – 1:00 pm, June 9
Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Join thousands of bike riders and enjoy a day of riding, a fair, food, raffles, music, and more. Choose from any of eight different rides (two of them start from Shoreline Village in Long Beach) and head out. Registration costs will vary depending on the ride chosen, ranging from $50 to $65. With construction going on in Griffith Park, parking will get tight – consult the website for alternative parking choices.

OC Weekly Summer Fest
11:00 am – 5:00 pm, June 9
Newport Dunes, Newport Beach

Enjoy a day in the sun with live music, merchandise, contests, games, prizes, food, drinks, and more. General admission costs only $10, while VIP costs $50 and includes special preview hours. Parking costs $10 per vehicle. No one under 21 may attend.

Taste of the Nation – Los Angeles
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, June 9
Media Park, Culver City

Sample culinary creations from over 30 of Los Angeles’ greatest chefs and restaurants, while quenching your thirst from various wineries, breweries, and other non-alcoholic drink producers. General admission costs $110, while VIP costs $160, which the website does not indicate what benefits the VIP admission comes with. Attendees can find nearby parking structures designated for this event, though the website does not specify any parking fee.

T.S.O.L. in Baldwin Park
5:00 pm – 12:00 am, June 9
American Legion Post 241, Baldwin Park

See punk rock legend T.S.O.L. headline a show in Baldwin Park along with The Grim, The Stains, Experiment Perilous, Baldwin Park Disasters, Underground Alliance, Sgv Infected, The Rejected, No Priority, and The 405 Pile Up. Tickets to this all-ages show cost $10.