Weekend Eats: Tomato Mania, Korea Town Food Fest, and KCRW'S Pie Contest
We couldn't leave you without a few good eats for the weekend. Here's what's crackin around town:
Tomato Festival at the Hollywood Farmers Market: A market-wide tomato tasting will be going off on Sunday, with special demos from Laura Taylor, a tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes and teaches over 30 classes a year. She is also the author of the infinitely resourceful guide for home growers, Tomato Growing Guide and Calendar. The fest will be going on Sunday at the HFM from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission is free.
KCRW'S Good Food Pie Contest: Our foray into the food world started with a gig at Marie Callender's at the ripe young age of 15, and we're glad those torturous years of early bird tippers are over. That said, we do miss the pie, which is why we're so excited to be judging this year's competition alongside the likes of Huell Howser, Michael Voltaggio, and Jonathan Gold, so come say hi. But please excuse us for the pie eyes. There's going to be a lot of eating going on! The comp will take place at LACMA on Saturday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free.
A Taste of Koreatown: Various establishments in K-town, including BCD Tofu House, Hamji Park, Palsaik Samgyupsal, Park’s BBQ, and the soon-to-open Seoul Sausage Company will be serving at this festival in one of L.A.'s most robust culinary neighborhoods. There will also be a beer garden hosted by Firestone Walker, soju cocktails, Kooksoondang makali (unfiltered soju), and bokbunja (Korean red wine) for the boozing. Demos include a roll-your-own-kimbap station, BCD Tofu House’s Spicy Tofu Eating Challenge, and one for the record books: Los Angeles' largest bowl of bibimbap. The festival will go from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $2, which includes a raffle ticket.