If you find yourself in Los Angeles with nothing to do (highly doubtful but still), you should definitely pay a visit to the food and wine festival. It’s an annual event which celebrates foods from all different cultures. The first festival took place from October 12 more than fifteen thousand visitors, 140 celebrity chefs, 300 acclaimed wineries. Randy Jackson and Kathy Griffin also made celebrity guest appearances. There were over 60 events hosted throughout the city and over the course of the five days over $400,000 were raised for the St Vincent Meals on Wheels charity.
The second annual event took place in August 2012, the event had gained much more popularity and this time they welcomed over 18,000 guests throughout the four day celebration. Each day was dedicated to a different type of food with Thursday featuring Italian chefs and foods. On Friday however the focus was on Asian inspired recipes from around the world.
This year the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival is going to be bigger and better with over 140 chefs, 90 wineries and 4 breweries all offering something up for your pleasure. Special guests this year include Soigne Group, Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark, Randall Grahm, Charles Joly and Paul Sanguinetti. The sponsored charity for this year is Share Our Strength who work hard to put an end to childhood hunger and poverty in America and around the world.
You don’t have to be a culinary genius or even have an interest in food in general to enjoy our festival. There really is something for everyone from beginners to experts. There is so much to do and learn; you will find yourself wishing it lasted longer. If you plan to attend all four days, then stay at a one of the many hotels near downtown Los Angeles.
Tickets are purchased for each event so you can pick and choose which ones you want to attend, however there is the option of a VIP pack which will cover you for every single event. Tickets range in price anywhere from $50 into the hundreds of dollars mark. To purchase tickets, click here.
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