A Look at Artisanal LA's Line-Up of Local, Seasonal & Sustainable Vendors & Workshops
Ice cream from Malibu, vegetables from Silver Lake, Beer from Northeast L.A. and salsa from Chinatown. First-time event Artisanal LA today announced its complete -- save for a few expected additions -- schedule and line-up for its October 23rd and 24th event. The event is meant to bring together the region's unique local, sustainable and handmade food businesses all in one space. Think craft beer (Eagle Rock Brewery, for example), baked goods (The Welsh Baker, Cake Monkey Bakery, etc), market food (everyone needs a food break when shopping for food, right?), ethical meat (Open Space Meats), pantry goods (Mozambique Spices, The Olive Press, etc) and more.
But it's not just about shopping. There will be experts who will run demos, teach workshops, talk on panels and offer tastings. Local beekeepers will talk up their trade, Chef Joseph Gillard of Napa Valley Grille will teach biodynamic wine pairing and Chicks with Knives will run Pickling 101, to name a few.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door, but here's your warning. Artisanal LA is run by Shawna Dawson, who is also behind the popular LA Street Food Festival, and her good ideas tend to bring out the crowds, especially when they are affordable. That said, Dawson says capacity in the penthouse of downtown's historic Cooper Building is limited, meaning presale ticket holders are guaranteed admission and walk-ups may not get in.