It’s been ages since I’ve posted anything related to public food events, but since lots of good ones are coming up, here goes!
Wednesday, May 16 (that’s TODAY!): The nice folks at La La Ling, a kids’ boutique in our very own neighborhood, got in touch to share their cross-promo with What to Expect… event Wednesday from about 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you happen to be near North Vermont Ave., keep an eye out for the M.O.Eggrolls truck for free movie swag and food and discounts in the store. 1810 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; (323) 664-4400
Saturday, May 19: The Santa Monica Fest is at Clover Park and involves a ton of activities and stuff that’s not worth reposting here. So check out the full listings, and note there’s a Food Salon hosted by “Deep End Dad” Eddie Lin! Participating chefs include Nyesha Arrington from The Wilshire and John-Carlos Kuramoto from Michael’s, along with reps from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, and all the trucks and carts you’d expect at this kind of gathering. And how cute are those graphics? Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica
Saturday, May 19: Westfield Topanga is hosting an afternoon (from 2 to 6 p.m.) with entertainment, carnival attractions, animals, bouncy house, BBQ cooking demos, and everything but the kitchen sink. (Plus free BBQ toolset and be entered to win a BBQ grill when you spent at least $300 at 2 or more stores.) 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park; (818) 594-8740
Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20: Westfield Fashion Square is launching its new Dining Terrace will a weekend full of cooking demos and classes, close-up magic shows, movies, hands-on activities and things that will rival its mall sibling further west in the Valley. Tough to beat FREE classes by Piccolo Chef. 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks; (818) 783-0550
Friday, May 25: Barnsdall Fridays summer season begins! The e-blast went out last week, and ticket sales are open for the first Memorial Day weekend tasting with pours by Silverlake Wine, KCRW DJs and all those crazy kids running around (literally). Pricing structure is again $25 for the full monty, $5 for “designated driver” admission and $5 for kids over 3. Or mooch off the good vibes and hang outside of the drinking pen where there’s still access to the food trucks. If a guilty conscience gets the best of you, make a donation to the park and Hollyhock House.
Thursdays and Saturday Mornings, Ongoing: L.A. City Farm Markets take place at intriguing locations: Yamashiro Hollywood, SouthBay Pavilion, and now at the Autry Museum! The Yamashiro market has definitely found its crowd and the scene is hopping. The Autry on Saturdays is just getting started, and it’s a sweet market with plenty of vendors and a terrific location in Griffith Park adjacent to major cultural attractions. Well-suited for multitasking, too. The sprawling lawn next to the museum and tables and chairs (with umbrellas!) is the most civilized market going experience I’ve ever had, and I think we’ve found our new Saturday morning routine. Check it out!