¡Latin Food Fest!™ returns this upcoming weekend, March 24-25 for its fifth annual Hispanic culinary classic, which includes a kick-off Chefs Night Out, ultimate tasting experience Gran Tasting, energetic street food party Mercado, and chef’s dinner, Latin Supperclub. The America’s largest annual Hispanic culinary celebration will take place at the beach in Santa Monica.
Gran Tasting, brought to you by Obrigado Coconut Water (100% pure coconut water from Bahia Brazil), is the epitome of all tasting events featuring a star-studded culinary showdown and tasting booths, which will take place adjacent the Santa Monica Pier, showcasing from more than 200 restaurants, chefs, artisanal foods makers and renowned purveyors of wine, beer and spirits. We will indulge in a variety of local and international Hispanic food, wine, beer and spirits; meet acclaimed chefs such as two-star Michelin chef Josiah Citrin and watch cooking demos by Peruvian culinarian and restaurateur Ricardo Zarate and Univision chef host Tati Polo.
Dedicated pavilions will include Oasis by Obrigado, Baja Beer Garden, Music Stage, Best of Fest Awards where top chefs go head to head in a fun cooking competition, and Spirits Americas where mixologists and distillers will hold tastings of cachaça (from Brazil), rum (from Cuba), pisco (from Peru), mezcal (from Mexico), stool (from Mexico) and tequila. A VIP ticket grants early admission and access to the “VIP Tent” where we will enjoy special gifts, reserve wine, gourmet bites and hand rolled cigars and in a lively beach setting. In addition to the tastings, the festival also delights other senses with live music by Mestizo LA!, and a silent auction of culinary supplies and memorabilia.
“It’s still difficult to sample every delicious Latin flavor the Los Angeles region has to offer but Gran Tasting nails it,” said Festival Executive Director Lucia Tovar-Matthews. The festival also draws a diversity of attendees while helping to bring awareness and raise funds for the fight against hunger for the Campanile Foundation.
The fifth annual ¡Latin Food Fest!™ will take place on March 24 and 25 in Santa Monica (1550 Pacific Coast Hwy0, in San Diego on August 18 and 19, and in Orange County November 10 and 11. For more information, please visit www.latinfoodfest.com/taste