During my recent trip to New York City, I had my fair share of lechon (Puerto Rico), mangu (Dominican Republic) and patties (Jamaica). The experience reminds me of how much I dig my Latin flavors.
Well, I will not have to suffer long before I am able to taste a wide array of scrumptious Latin dishes under one roof. Turns out the ¡Latin Food Fest! is coming to Santa Monica. You read that right. This foodie paradise will take place about 12 miles from my house. That is reason enough to celebrate!
If you are not familiar with the event, each year, ¡Latin Food Fest! produces the largest annual multi-city destination event in the U.S. that showcases Latin food, wine and spirits.
The entire festival is composed of various events throughout a long weekend. I have attended the Grande Tasting for the past four years (#sorrynotsorry). The Gran Tasting is an all-you-can-eat, on-price journey thru Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and Spain. More than 50 local restaurants offer delicious, small-sized dishes to attendants.
This year, the festival season kicks off with a celebration adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier. Attendants will have the opportunity to eat, drink, watch demos and mingle with acclaimed chefs, meters away from the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
The 2017 ¡Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles includes a kick off “Chefs Night Out,” ultimate tasting experience “Gran Tasting,” high energy multi-sensory street food experience, “Mercado,” and chef’s dinner, “Latin Supperclub” – so guests will have endless opportunities to indulge!
Here is a detailed breakdown of the events:
Friday, March 24, 2017
- Havana Nights Superclub
- Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Chefs Night Out Kick Off Party
- Time: 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25, 2017
- Gran Tasting
- Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
- Time: 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.
Note: Gran Tasting and Mercado hours depend on type of ticket purchased (ex. VIP, early, general or late admission). These events are for adults only (21+).
You can read take a look at events from previous year on the following links:
Latin Food Fest 2013 (San Diego)
Latin Food Fest 2015 (San Diego)
Latin Food Fest 2016 (Los Angeles)
- San Diego – August 18-19, 2017
- Orange County – November 10-11, 2017
- Find more information about the event: http://latinfoodfest.com/
- I suggest signing for the event’s newsletter. In that way, you can keep up with the latest news, discounts and last minute additions to the lineups.
Would you like to attend the ¡Latin Food Fest!?
I’m jealous. I love all varieties of Spanish foods- from pulpo gallego to paella and enchiladas to Asado.
Keane Darren Storm says
Latin Food Fest 2015 in San Diego was cool! I am sad that I can not go this year(((