Today marks the kickoff of the first of the highest profile festivals; check out the 411 and how to score ticket deals for each below! Have a blast and maybe I'll run into you at one of these events :)
Los Angeles Food & Wine
When: August 22-25, 2013
Where: Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Downtown LA (see website for details)
How much: $50 and up for individual events; $150 for Lexus Grand Tastings GA / $195 for VIP (see website for details)
[Deal alert: Lexus owners get 15% off tickets to the event - see Lexus offer page for details]
Anticipated drool-factor?: 100% with the Food & Wine connection, an All-star lineup of chefs/ stars from and visiting LA will be in abundance, from the Thomas Keller, to Grant Achatz to Scott Conant to Charles Phan & David Myers. Food Network fans can also get their fill of Giada de Laurentis and Curtis Stone in multiple events.
The Lexus Grand Tastings especially are always fun, AYCE and drink extravaganzas, and there are specialty themed events to appeal to your interests whether it's food, wine or cocktails.
Check out my recaps of events from previous years: Lexus Grand Tasting 2011 and Lexus Grand Tasting 2012 + Richard Blaise Cooking Demo
Also: the live auction will benefit Share Our Strength in their efforts to end childhood hunger.
Event website: lafw.com
Los Angeles Times The Taste
When: August 30-September 1, 2013 (Labor Day weekend!)
Where: Paramount Pictures Studios 5555 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
How much: $65 for most events if you purchase by August 29 ($85 and up thereafter - see website for details). Opening night event $125.
- LA Times members save 20% off tickets via this link here.
- Everyone else: buy a ticket at $55 from LivingSocial for any single event on Saturday or Sunday (save $10 off early bird price! deal ends 8/23) OR get your tickets by 8/29 to get the early bird rate of $65 for most events ]
Event website: events.latimes.com/taste