This week is brimming over with family-friendly food events. And don’t forget about Park[ing] Day! Here’s a rundown of what sound like super tasty all-ages activities, and keep reading to find out about the ticket giveaway for the Lobster Festival at the Port of Los Angeles.
September shows no signs of slowing down in the educational food festival department. The Good Food Festival & Conference starts tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14 and continues through the 18th. It’s everything from food preserving demos to inspiring lectures to film screenings to a street fair at SaMoHi and an opening of rediscovered WPA-sponsored agricultural art. The fancy Localicious Gala, held at that jewel-of-a-property Annenberg Beach House on Friday, September 16th, salutes 30 years of the Santa Monica Farmers Market with 30 chefs and 30 restaurants represented (tickets $125-250).
Way back before pie was cool, a student in the American Studies department at my college put together an annual Pie Day party. While quaint and admirable, the spread was nowhere near what will be witnessed at LACMA this Sunday, September 18 during the Slice of Pie celebration from 12:30 to 4 p.m. (Free with museum admission.) If you listen to Good Food on KCRW, you already know about Evan Kleiman’s never-ending quest for pie perfection and indulging this quintessentially American obsession. The day includes KCRW’s 3rd Annual Good Food Pie Contest, special dessert-themed gallery tours with Maite Gomez-Rejón from ArtBites, hands-on arty crafty things to do, a set by awesome Hollywood mom and KCRW DJ Anne Litt, and tie-ins with the Tim Burton exhibition. Stark Bar will offer a Pie Cocktail, along with Executive Chef Kris Morningstar’s special three-course $35 prix fixe dinner in honor of the pie-fest at Ray’s starting at 5 p.m.
Some of us mostly associate the Port of Los Angeles with the Love Boat, but there’s also something else big happening there this weekend. The Lobster Festival at the Ports o’Call Village is all weekend (September 16-18th), during which kids under 12 get in free, and general admission is $10 per person. A gang of food trucks will be on-site, including the Lobsta Truck, which we LOVE. Lobster meals are $19 each — plus carbon footprint tax. Kidding! (But let’s face it, locavorism this is not, even if “conservation measures” are part of the agenda.) Pirate shenanigans will be aplenty, and the San Pedro Red Line runs free all weekend, too.
I have a set of VIP TICKETS valued at $82 to GIVEAWAY. This package includes lobster meals. To enter, please leave a quick comment below and do me a favor and please like Taster Tots on FB if you haven’t already (thank you!), and get an extra entry for tweeting the contest by 9 a.m. PST on Friday, September 16th. (And heads up, I’ll need a mailing address from the winner.)