Our Guide to the Best Food Events in L.A.

Food festivals, pop-up dinners, and more special events to savor

There’s always something new happening in L.A.’s dining scene, and it’s not just the constant restaurant openings. A food lover could pack their schedule with all the tasting festivals, pop-up dinners, theme nights, takeovers, and other events going on. We’re picking some of the most delicious and interesting food events in L.A. so you can savor every special bite.    

G&T Festival at the Bazaar by José Andrés

Bar manager Ricardo Gomez pays tribute to the favorite drink of his boss, José Andrés’ native Spain, the gin and tonic. Sample from a limited edition menu of creative takes on the classic, including one with modernist gin spheres, and one that involves a table-side vacuum siphon and requires two people to drink.

April 9-28; the Bazaar by José Andrés, SLS Beverly Hills, 465 S. La Cienega Blvd., Beverly Hills.  

Kneydl Bar Pop-Up

Just in time for Passover, the occasional matzo ball pop-up Kneydl Bar returns, this time at Melody wine bar. Your ticket price includes a three-course, matzo-focused menu, with vegetarian options available.

April 24, 6 p.m.; Melody, 751 N. Virgil Ave., Silver Lake. Tickets $30.   

Taste of the Eastside

Taking a broad view of “Eastside” that includes Silver Lake, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, and other ‘hoods, this food festival brings in dozens of local restaurants to show off their fare.

April 28, 4-8 p.m.; Los Angeles River Center and Gardens, 570 W. Ave 26., Cypress Park. Tickets $50-$95.   

COLDXELA Craft Beer Festival

SoCal Cerveceros celebrate their group’s fourth anniversary with a DTLA festival. Taste sips from more than 50 creative homebrewers crafting their own unique brews and dance to live ska bands and DJs playing cumbia and hip hop. Fees benefit the Gumball Foundation, a charity that helps kids learn business skills and launch micro-ventures.

April 27, 2-7 p.m.; LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St., downtown. Tickets $15-$125. 

L.A. Times Food Bowl

This month-long, city-wide food affair offers a cornucopia of exciting activities for the cuisine curious. Each event is ticketed separately, so you can attend as few or many as you like (some are even free!) and include opportunities to try one-time-only chef collabs, cool educational events, upbeat parties, and more.

April 30-May 31; locations and prices vary. 

Los Angeles Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer

Our annual Burgers, Bourbon, and Beer fest heats up DTLA, bringing together the best in beef. To wash down your samples of the city’s best burgs, you’ll sip on small batch bourbons and craft beers.

May 15, 7-9:30 pm.; the Bloc, 750 W. 7th St., downtown. Tickets $55-$70.


From dining site the Infatuation comes this two-day food and music fest. Go on a flavor journey with bites from Freedman’s, Ma’am Sir, Milk Bar, HomeState and other popular spots, take in entertaining talks from Awkwafina, Dan Levy, Cameron Diaz, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, and dance to tunes from Evan Giia, Hailey Knox, and more.

May 18 and 19; Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica. Tickets $30.    

L.A. Taco Presents Taco Madness

The L.A. Taco team curates this celebration of L.A.’s most beloved food: Tacos. Now in it’s 10th year, this event includes local taqueros, plus great micheladas, craft beer, and fun DJs.

May 4, 5 p.m.; LA Plaza de Culturas y Artes, 501 N. Main St., downtown. VIP tickets $45.  


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