While the debate about what qualifies as the “Eastside” rages on, all we can think of is food. Specifically food festivals, and dates have been set for two of our favorites.
Taste of the Eastside
We can’t believe they’ve been doing Taste of the Eastside for five years now, but it’s true. For the second year in a row, the fest will be held at the woodsy Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, where restaurants, like L & E Oyster Bar, Xoia Vietnamese Eats, Polka Restaurant, Knuckle & Claw, and Maximiliano will be sampling some of their best dishes. There will also be a beer garden hosted by Highland Park’s The Greyhound Bar & Grill. KCRW D.J.’s will provide the music, and live bands will play, too. Most of the proceeds will go to Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School.
Taste of the Eastside, 2414 Lake View Avenue. The event takes place May 31 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets (there’s three levels: General $50/Premium $70/V.I.P.$90) can be purchased on their web site and at the door for $10 more.
East L.A. Meets Napa
Always a good time, this food festival, which is in its tenth year, is co-chaired by chef John Rivera Sedlar. A celebration of Latino restaurants and wineries, this year’s event at Union Station will include food by Ray Garcia and popular restaurants, like Chichen Itza, Guisados, and Don Chente Bar and Grill. Classic L.A. Mexican spots, including El Cholo and El Tapayec will also be on hand along with Alex Sotelo Cellars, Ceja Vineyards, and many other wineries. Comedian Cheech Marin’s renowned art collection will also be on view. Proceeds benefit AltaMed Health Services, a community health center that provides care to individuals throughout Southern California.