The fourth annual Latin food, wine and spirits fete, hits in 2016, Los Angeles March 18 to 21, and San Diego August 12 to 15. Last year’s festival drew over 20,000 attendees and the signature event, Grande Tasting, features an impressive lineup of culinary talent, restaurants, wineries, distillers, along with tastings, cooking demos, live music and exclusive chef-collaboration meals.
Here are highlights of Latin Food Fest! Los Angeles 2016
Spirits of the Americas Party (Friday March 18). Los Angeles Latin distilled spirits enthusiasts will kick off the 2016 Latin Food Fest by tasting tapas from the hottest restaurants and cocktails prepared by top mixologists from an exhilarating collection of international distilleries representing Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Pisco, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila.
Grand Tasting Los Angeles (Saturday March 19)
The 4th annual ¡Latin Food Fest Grande Tasting is an all-inclusive Latin food, wine and spirits-tasting journey to the Caribbean, Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. Wines from Argentina, California, Mexico, Spain and spirits such as Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila pair deliciously with the cuisine. VIP pass holders get in at 11am and into the VIP Lounge for Spanish tapas, cooking demos, oysters, a gift bag, organic tequila, sparkling wine, massages and music.
Grande Tasting Los Angeles (Sunday March 20)
Grande Tasting Sunday is an all-inclusive Latin culinary adventure for all ages. Guests will sample Latin food and beverages, the wine and beer garden, dance to live music, learn to make fun foods at the cooking demo tent from celeb chefs and bid on memorabilia at the silent auction. Kids could get a picture with a friendly Luchador by Jarritos and get their hands messy in the interactive Kids Kitchen to earn a “Kid Chef Diploma” and picture with the chefs.
Havana Supperclub (Monday March 21)
This spectacular six-course private chef’s dinner will feature a Cuban tasting trip. Rioja wine paired with the dinner courses and a dessert rum cocktail with the final course. Guests will learn the stories behind the food as chefs share the dishes, flavors and ingredients that inspire them, and share a cigar. Live music and dancing.
Latin Food Fest!’s brand partners includes The Lincoln Motor Company, Delta Air Lines, Jarritos, Northgate Markets, Anheuser-Busch, Grand Marnier, Bush Brothers & Company, KORBEL, Ibarra Chocolate, Mexico Lindo Hot Sauce, Camaronazo, Steuben Foods, Tepachito, Cupcake Vineyards, Las Palmas, Moët Hennessy USA, Hard Frescos, Mexico Tourism Board, Aveníu Wines, La Brea Bakery, Tito’s Vodka, and E.J. Gallo Wines.
See website for a full schedule and pricing. 858.461.1970. www.latinfoodfest.com