Spring time is in full swing bringing some of the best festivals and good eats with it.
Today (March 14) marks Pi Day where a tradition of having a slice of pie is essential for all foodies. We’ve got the inside scoop on where to get the coolest pie experiences below.
At the end of the week, St. Patrick’s Day rolls in ushering a weekend of Irish shenanigans, food and loads of green beer. Checkout our top picks below on where to celebrate but remember the cardinal rule… always wear green! 🍀
As for the rest of the month, we’ll see the return of popular food festivals like the Vegan Street Fair, The Essentials, Latin Food Fest and the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival. If you haven’t snagged a ticket for at least one of those, than you’re really missing out 😉
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Yes, Vegans have a food fest!
The Vegan Street Fair LA, an annual vegan food celebration, comes to North Hollywood on March 26. For the third year in a row, local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors will be handing out a number of plant based eats. This year organizers got rid of admission cost. Guests can purchase samples as they go or opt for the VIP treatment which cost $40.
Where to party, eat & drink on St. Patrick’s Day
We scoped out 21 of the best places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Friday and throughout the weekend. 🍀
Head to the desert and eat your heart out
The 7th annual Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival returns to the desert’s famous El Paseo shopping district for three amazing days (March 24-26) of wining and dining from some of the world’s best chefs and winemakers along with a select group of the United States’ top craft brewers.
LA Weekly back with The Essentials
LA Weekly presents The Essentials at the California Market Center on March 26 for an afternoon of munchies and sips from L.A.’s most highly regarded restaurants and wineries. Offerings will be from 50+ of LA’s best restaurants culled from LA Weekly‘s annual 99 Essential Restaurants issue. GA tickets cost $60 while VIP cost $100.
Latin Food Fest returns to L.A. for 5th year
Latin Food Fest comes to Santa Monica on March 24 and 25 for a culinary celebration showcasing fantastic Hispanic food experiences with Latin chefs, restaurants, caterers, wineries, distillers, and purveyors of all things latin in food and beverages. Tickets range from $29 – $149.
On March 14 celebrate Pi Day with delicous PIE. It’s the punniest day ever!
James Beard Award-winning Pastry Chef Sherry Yard’s The Tuck Room Tavern will be offering their “Big Apple Pot Pie” at a special price of $3.14. The “Big Apple Pot Pie” features Santa Monica Farmers Market apples, flaky puff pastry and a butterscotch crumble swirl ice cream.
Paley will offer a special pie dessert cart service on Pi Day. Cart options include a Chocolate-Hazelnut Cream pie; fruit pies such as a Cherry, Dutch Apple, Key Lime and Banana Cream pies.
Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach has created a Blueberry Pie stunner for the numerical holiday featuring local blueberries, a fresh-milled Abruzzi Rye flour crust and a toasted oats and brown butter streusel topping.
More St. Paddy’s Day Stuff…
Spot sightings of leprechauns, gold coins, food trucks and FREE green beer (for the over 21 crowd) at The Bloc in DTLA. The first four hundred visitors can reach into their pot of gold for a chance to win lunch and/or a green beer from Angel City Brewery.
Westbound Bar & Eatery in the DTLA Arts District will start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday, March 14 offering Irish-inspired bites from Chef Taylor Persh and cocktails from Bar Manager Nik Morris. Highlights include Corned Beef Sliders, Green Eggs & Ham, Irish Car Bomb-inspired dessert, Irish Coffee, Irish Flag Swizzles, St. Patrick’s Day Sours and more. Additionally, Westbound will host an array of fun events throughout the week like Irish Beer Pong, themed music, and more.
Hidden DTLA cocktail den Birds & The Bees will be serving up some St. Patrick’s Day specials like The Irish Grasshopper ($8) and a delicious take on Irish Coffee created by Bar Manager Bethany Ham blending hot coffee with Jameson Black Barrel whiskey, sugar, Amaretto cream, and dark chocolate shavings. YUM!
The Wallace is hosting St. Patrick’s Day this Friday with a “Green AF Menu” with green mini tacos, pretzels and cocktails named Pot o’ Gold, Shamrock (Shake) Flip and Fumblin’ Dublin just to name a few.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with traditional Irish food, activities and live music by strolling Irish folk bands and bagpiper over at The Original Farmers Market.
True Food Kitchen Pasadena now serving Happy Hour
From Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. True Food Kitchen in Pasadena will start offering a Happy Hour menu which includes drinks, food specials and a “Make It a True Trio” special where diners get to choose three items (soup, salad, hummus, pizza or crudités) for just $20.
Best thing we ate this week…
The Parisian at Pitchoun Bakery made with ham, butter, cornichans and brie cheese on a baguette. A simple sandwich made with great ingredients. I don’t think I can ever have sliced cheese on my sandwich again after having the rich and gooey goodness of brie between meat and bread. Pitchoun Bakery located in the bustling Financial District of DTLA is the perfect spot to escape to for lunch. A French bakery and cafe, they serve staples like sandwiches, salads and tartines as well as an array of sweet delights including éclairs, fruit tarts, beignets and macarons.