Spring is in the air, and with the season comes more events to lure Southern California home owners out of their winter hibernation. With influences from so many different cultures and local products nurtured by one of the world’s most ideal climates, Southern Californians have access to some of the finest tasting experiences around and there are a number of spring festivals being held throughout the state that celebrate foodie culture. Here are a few upcoming events that are kicking off the festival season in March.
Latin Food Fest
Lovers of Latin flavors will want to head to Hangar 8 at the Santa Monica Airport on March 21 for an event that involves great food and a great cause. The Latin Food Fest benefits the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank with a day full of tastings, cooking demos, live music, cookbook signings and many more foodie activities. The fest brings together 100 restaurants, chefs and wine and spirit purveyors who specialize in flavors originating from Mexico, Spain, Argentina, Chile and California among many more countries.
Celebrity chefs such as Aarón Sánchez and Richard Sandoval will be on-hand to demonstrate their expertise. In addition to the food, the spirits will be in full flow as well. Those over 21 will be able to partake in wine, beer, rum, pisco, tequila and mescal tastings. If you can’t make this event on March 21, fear not! The San Diego installment of the event will occur August 14 and 15 at Marina Park North.
Artisan Cheese Festival
If an indulgence in cheese commands you, hop in the car and head a few hours up north to Petaluma for the weekend of March 20 through 22. The ninth annual California Artisan Cheese Festival is a cheese lovers paradise with cheesemakers, cheesemongers, authors, chefs, brewers and winemakers all brought together for the love of cheese.
The festival features seminars on cheesemaking, pairings, tastings and other educational topics related to cheese. The marketplace event on Sunday features selections from more than 90 artisan cheesemakers as well as purveyors of paired goods such as wine, beer, bread and food.
Garagiste Festival: Southern Exposure
Originating in the Bordeaux region of France, the term Garagiste refers to the artisan wine movement that has taken California by storm. The Garagiste Festival in Solvang March 27 through 29 is a celebration of that movement. The festival features “Grand Tasting” on both Saturday and Sunday, each of which features samplings from entirely different groups of winemakers, many of which are pouring their wines for the public for the very first time.
The Garagiste Festival is truly special because of its focus on small, grassroots wine businesses. At this festival you won’t be talking to a wine rep about their regional sales push, but rather to the winemaker about their process, inspiration and drive to produce some truly delicious varietals.
Los Angeles is a great jumping point to experience California’s great foodie culture. If you are interested in Los Angeles luxury homes for sale, please contact our team today.