5 Food Events Not to Miss this Month

September is all about bacon-wrapped mochi, serious cider, and lots of lobster

Jarobi’s Weekend BBQ and Pool Party
Finally a three-day weekend is near, and what better way to see off the summer than with a party at The Line Hotel? From Saturday through Monday, chef Jarobi White (of Tribe Called Quest fame) and Roy Choi will be bbq-ing up a storm poolside at the super-hip Koreatown hotel. This is the second year in a row that Jarobi has appeared at The Line—last year, he served up Korean soul food, and this year, we imagine it’ll be yet another tasty blast. Yes, there will be DJs and Hennessey popsicles. You’re encouraged to wear your “flyest swimwear.”

Jarobi’s Weekend BBQ and Pool Party takes place on the Pool Deck at The Line, 3515 Wilshire Blvd. on

626 Night Market
The nation’s largest Asian-themed night market makes it home right here in L.A., and this weekend is your last chance to get in on the fun. The last installment of 626 Night Market’s fourth season includes three nights, from Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6. Over 200 vendors will be featured, and most are food and drink related—you can indulge in fried ice cream, ramen bugers, Indonesian satay, live octopus, pho tacos, pork buns, poke bowls, and bacon-wrapped mochi all in one night. There’s also an art walk, crafts, games, live performances, and DJs.

626 Night Market takes place at Santa Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington Drive this Friday-Sunday from 4:00 pm til 1:00 am. Entree is $3 (you pay for food at each individual booth), and kids under 6 get in free. Pay at the door. 

L.A. Cider Fest
So you like hard cider, huh? Well, there’s finally a boozy celebration tailor made just for you. The inaugural L.A. Cider Fest hits Raleigh Studios Saturday, September 19, and organizers promise it’ll have the “world’s best selection of true quality cider.” They also make it clear that “no commercial wannabees will be admitted,” instead endeavoring to bring rare selections of ciders never before available in Southern California. Cider makers and experts will also be on hand to school even the cider-resistant on what real cider is all about. And if you’re still not convinced, you can opt for craft beer, which will also be on hand along with over 50 gourmet food vendors. Troy, Humbolt Cider Co., Wandering Aegnus Ciderworks, and Eagle Rock Brewery, and many, many more have all signed on.

L.A. Cider Fest takes place at Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave on September 19. Two sessions—one daytime, one nighttime—are available. General admission is $55, VIP is $75 if you buy before September 18. Tickets available via Eventbrite

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest is three days of lobster mania
Redondo Beach Lobster Fest is three days of lobster mania

Photograph courtesy of Facebook.com/RedondoBeachLobsterFest

Sunset & Dine
The fourth installment of the Sunset & Dine food festival is set for Thursday, September 24. The fest’s focus is the restaurants near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Vine Street, so you can expect bites from the likes of Los Balcones, Saint Felix, Fabiolus Cucina, Beso, and more. Amoeba and Buzzfeed are doing the entertaining. Proceeds benefit The Center of Blessed Sacrament, which works with the homeless population in Hollywood.

Sunset & Dine takes place at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures, 6322 DeLongpre Avenue. Tickets, available via Eventbrite, for the September 24 event are $25, but kids under 12 get in free. 

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest
Every fall, the Redondo Beach Chamber of Commerce puts on the Redondo Beach Lobster Fest. This year’s 20th annual event is an all-weekend affair that goes from Friday, September 25 to Sunday, September 27.  Maine lobsters are flown in for the festivities, which includes lobster, surf n’ turf, and steak dinners. There’s also a bistro onsite, where you can purchase everything from lobster-stuffed quesadillas to lobster chowder. Bands, including retro faves like Bow Wow Wow and The Untouchables will be providing the entertainment.

Redondo Beach Lobster Fest takes place at the Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach from September 25-27, 310-376-6911. General admission is $15, kids are $5. Meals are extra. Tickets can be purchased here