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Posted by on Aug 31, 2015 | 59 comments

Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food Festival

I know that lately I have been publishing a lot about food festivals but, what can I say, I love food!

This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival. I thought about not publishing a review about the event.  However, I desisted of the idea after going thru the 400 hundred photos I shot on the two evenings.

I promise I would not bore you with words this time.  This is intended to be a highlight of the festival in photos.

The Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival is a four-day event showcasing the fine food culture throughout Los Angeles and the country.  This is an opportunity to get a sample of the food cooked by some of the industry biggest influencers and talents.

Beware foodies: this post may cause excessive drooling (keep your electronic devices safe!).

Asian Market

The Asian Night Market featured an abundance of unique tastings using Asian-inspired ingredients from some of the nation’s most influential chefs.  In part, the event tried to mimic the multi-sensory street food experience of the night’s markets of cities like, Chiang Mai, Kuala Lumpur and Taipei. However, this ‘market’ was a little different since the food was prepared with distinctive West Coast flavors

One Pico

Slow cooked pork belly & smoked pork tenderloin with napa cabbage-apple & chipotle BBQ Sauce

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Fluff Ice

Mango and Coconut Fluff

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Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

 

Chaya

Tai snapper carpaccio with ume dashi puree & yuzu koshu jelly

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Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

 

Phorage

Crispy coconut rice cakes with shrimp

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The District

Handmade noodles

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Chef Daniel Jolly

BBQ Pork Sliders

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Pakpao Thai

Kalua Taco

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Kettner Exchange

Pork Char Siu Bao

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Birch

Palm sugar glazed pork with fermented cabbage and zatar yogurt

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

The Slanted Door

Rice noodles with turmeric and pork

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Holsteins Shakes & Buns

Reuben Egg Rolls with Russian Dressing

Campfire S’mores Trifle

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Sambar

Sev Puri Chaat with mango & avocado

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

B Sweet

Assorted flavors of hot bread pudding

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Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Ray’s Stark Bar

Banh Mi

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Hamasaku

Jewelry box

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KRU / Fish Face

Sturgeon Poke with Marrow Soy

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Patina

Duneness crab with cardammon, nuoc mam and green mango sorbet

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Chef Jason Fullilove

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Chef Steven Fretz

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Okonomiyaki Dog

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 Grand Tasting

The grand tasting event featured the best chefs from Los Angeles and beyond.

Scarpetta

Coppa di Testa with picked vegetables and salsaverde

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Montage Hotel

Citrus marinated  hamachi with purple potato-date salad, jalapeno and ginger yourt

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Mirabelle at Beaver Creek

Grilled chicken, avocado, tomatoes and micro greens

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Manhattan Beach Post

Roasted Pork Shoulder with peach mostarda & escarole

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Sotto

Goat meatballs with braised cabbage, pine nuts, currants and shaved goat cheese

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Falk Yeah! Productions

Tomato-raspberry, avocado, Brazil nuts and marjoram

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Bestia

Strawberry shortcake with mascarpone cream biscuit and sweet cream ice cream

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Mourad

Tartlette, smoked salmon, dill, cucumber and lebni

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Salt & Straw

Strawberry shortcake: ricotta cheesecake ice cream, strawberry vinegar, roasted strawberries and buttered almond

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Bouchon

Salade Nicoise

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FIG

Vadouvan rice bowl with crispy pork belly and charred octopus

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

Verve Coffee and Dark Matter Coffee

Espresso

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

The Grange Restaurant & Bar

Cowboy sushi: zabuton, uni, horseradish and shiso

Fifth Annual Los Angeles   Food Festival, Los Angeles, California

McConnell’s

Sea salt Cream & Cookies and Ereka lemon & Marionberies Ice Cream

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Taco Maria

Squid, potato, cucumber and recado negro

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Peach Tres Leches

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Many thanks to Plated an M Booth PR for inviting me to be a part of the festivals and their roadtrip along the United States!

Make sure to read my post about Plate’s Road to Discovery Roadtrip.

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Take a look at the highlights of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festivals.  The best chefs in the area (and beyond) served delicious dishes.

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59 Comments

    • I know. The funny thing is that I had no plans at the beginning of the festival season. I won tickets to one and then, have had opportunities to attend other. It has been great.

    • Rhonda, that is a good pick. I wasn’t expecting a lot of it but, boy, I was wrong. It tasted delicious. Now, I need to find a bigger version.
      Ruth recently posted..Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food FestivalMy Profile

  1. So, I am thinking that I am probably living my life wrong because I have never been to a food fair or festival! Your posts lately are making me wonder why! It looks so delicious and like a fun time!
    Jacqueline recently posted..the year aheadMy Profile

    • You definitely need to attend a food festival! It is just a lot of fun. We are lucky to live in Los Angeles where the food scene bursts and bursts with creativity. However, I think many cities are organizing their events too.

    • Hey! I like you already. You should have come with me. I went by myself and it was good but I would have like to share the event with somebody.

    • In Los Angeles,food festivals are everywhere (and every publications has its own). This week alone I have seen tickets to a lobster, chocolate and cider festivals. Let’s see if I can attend another ;0)
      Ruth recently posted..Fifth Annual Los Angeles Food FestivalMy Profile

    • This is one of the best festivals of the season. It is always a pleasure to attend.

  2. Great desserts and food recipes varieties to be enjoyed are indeed are very relishing and tasty.

    • Glad you liked it! Everything was very good.

  3. You just made me SO hungry! I only had a sad little breakfast sandwich for breakfast 🙁 I’ve been to a food fair here in my city, but it doesn’t look nearly as fancy as the one you went to! All the food looks like it was presented so nicely! Now I think I need to go find a second breakfast to eat… haha!

    • Oh Bryna, sorry for making you hungry. I hope you find something delicious to eat! Los Angeles is know for its great food festivals. That is one of the huge pluses of living in here.

    • Hey, by the way, how is the food in New Zealand? Would love to visit. I wish I can attend another food festival too.

  4. The competition must be fierce among restaurants in Los Angeles! That all looks so good! It must make it hard to stand out. There’s a food festival one weekend a year here in Groningen, but it’s SO much smaller scale. I go every year anyway!
    Rachel Heller recently posted..5 Tokyo GardensMy Profile

    • There are tons of awesome restaurants here in Los Angeles. The thing is that, with the amount of people who live in the metropolitan area and with the love for food the residents have, you will always be in business if you serve delicious food. More and more restaurants keep opening (some by very famous chefs) and a lot of them are a success.

    • Agreed! Everything was delicious.

  5. oh my…so many delicious dishes!! I don’t know which one I’d like the most! To play it safe I’d say the BBQ Pork sliders and all the desserts!!
    Anna recently posted..What to Wear: Sightseeing in KnososMy Profile

    • Those are very good choices. Actually the desserts on day two were better than the savory options. I was in awe on how a simple recipe can be reinvented in such a delicious way.

  6. I love food festivals – I find them such interesting places because like you I like my food! They all looks so delicious. I am seriously hungry now! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes
    Ting at My Travel Monkey recently posted..Exploring Cotswold Water ParkMy Profile

  7. I’m living in the wrong town. I though Austin was supposed to be a foodie haven, but we have no where near as many food festivals as LA apparently does. Yes, I’m a little jealous of you. Everything looks so delicious. Good thing I just had lunch or I’d be drooling all over the keyboard. Is that Mango Fluff like Taiwanese snow ice?
    Michele {Malaysian Meanders} recently posted..Wonderfully Wacky Wall DrugMy Profile

    • I know Austin has good food but, with all respect, Los Angeles seems to be on another league. It is crazy the variety of food you can get in here. I would say that is the number one reason to live here. I believe the mango fluff (they had coconut too) is the same thing as Taiwanese snow ice.

    • I will say it again. Looks like bloggers love to browse the Internet hungry ;0)

  8. Like I said before, Ruth, you know all the fun events taking place in Los Angeles and I don’t. Shame on me to live so close to all this good food and not be aware of the Los Angeles food festival.

    • Anda, I am subscribed to newsletters of publications such as DoLA, LA Weekly, TimeOut Los Angeles, Los Angeles Magazine and other. In that way, I can keep on top of what is happening on the city. I am also get newsletters of sites live Groupon and Living Social.

  9. I love food festivals and your’s in LA looks particularly scrumptious. You make all the food look very appetizing with your wonderful photos. 🙂
    Kathy Marris recently posted..A – Z of West AustraliaMy Profile

    • Thanks Kathy. It was not easy to take the photos. As a matter of fact, I can write an entire post of the suffering of taking photos at a food festival (including all the times I was pushed and stepped over).

    • Ahh Liz! You would love to this festival. Roast pork sound good! I will like some too ;0)

    • I know they are the best. Enjoy every one I attend!

  10. I wouldn’t even know where to start with all of that gorgeous food. Holy crow!

    Great captures (& you’re right – made me want to drop!). Thank you for joining us again this week for Photo Friday!

    • To be honest, it is a bit overwhelming when you enter the festival and you see all those booths offering food. You felt petrified and do not know where to start. I just start making the lines and try to calm down. At the end, I know I will try a lot of dishes and end up stuffed.

  11. Wow, what a spread! You weren’t kidding about West coast flavors mixed with the Asian dishes! I would try the turmeric pork with rice noodles and the assorted bread puddings. I just turned to my husband and asked if we could go have a dessert later.
    Karen recently posted..Historic Macau, A UNESCO Site, Part 2My Profile

    • It is interesting to see how chefs reinterpret certain Asian dishes but with a Californian touch. I didn’t feel like trying the bread pudding at first but then I decided t go ahead and taste them. Oh, they were so good. Glad I didn’t miss them.

    • Yeah, I know what post you are referring to. In that other post, food was traditional. This Night Market version was more creative and innovative. Both were good though.

    • That is kind of a poetic way to describe it in words. I like it a lot.

    • I thought I was not going to enjoy the mango sorbet (I usually like the fruit but not anything prepared with it) but, like I said in the post, that was probably the best dish of the night.

    • That is great! Here in Los Angeles we had a great representation of Asian food. However, I would like to visit the continent more often.

  12. omg I think it would be impossible to read this post without drooling it all looks so incredible. I would love a day at a food festival trying bits of everything x
    Sarah Christie recently posted..My Top Tips For Universal OrlandoMy Profile

    • Ha, ha! You are so funny. I agree that everybody needs a day of feasting and eating.

  13. Oh my goodness, Ruth, you certainly ate a huge variety! I’m convinced that even someone who has dietary restrictions (me) would be sure to find things to enjoy there.

    I’m always impressed with chefs’ creativity. What was your favorite?
    Linda Bibb recently posted..River Cruise Journal: Wertheim am MainMy Profile

    • I had several favorites. All the deserts on day two were delicious. I loved the crab in a cone from patina. The sushi from the chef from The Church key was delicious too. I went back for more.

    • I have not thought about the food in the festival as unusual but I see your point. It is not necessarily what you will see at a typical restaurant.

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