2018 schedule TBA

Join us for hourly live events featuring food demonstrations, live music, discussion panels, and more. The stage will be hosted by Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen/Button Mash.
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THIS JUST IN!The Eastside Food Festival is pleased to announce that Las Jaras Wines, created by winemakers Joel Burt and comedian Eric Wareheim, known best from his roles in Aziz Ansari’s Master of None and the Tim & Eric Show, will be joining us for the early entry VIP hour of the fest. Las Jaras Wines serve two purposes: having fun and the serious business of perfect food pairing. Co-founder Eric Wareheim will be on hand pouring their newly launched and much sought-after Carignan, a “sultry, cloudy, offbeat and unadulterated” natural wine from Mendocino, CA. This event will only be available to VIP ticket holders from 3-4 PM during the early entry hour.

James Beard Award winning food writer Bill Esparza, author of LA Mexicano, will host a discussion panel with local Mexican chefs exploring the trend of the modern Mexican-inspired California cuisine movement emerging from Los Angeles dubbed “Alta California” cuisine. Panelists will include the likes of Dia de los Puercos’ Chef Rick Garcia, the infamous Cielito Lindo owner Susanna MacManus, Chef Eduardo Ruiz of Corazon y Miel, and writer of Eat Mexico cookbook, Lesley Téllez

Cielito Lindo

Enjoy a live recording from Snacky Tunes, a podcast hosted by Darin and Greg Bresnitz that explores and celebrates the cultural convergence of music and food. This episode’s subjects matter is siblings working together in the food and music industries, and will feature a live musical performance from the sisters of Tangerine, plus an interview with Briana and Andy Valdez, the ladies behind Tex-Mex restaurant HomeState and its Band Taco Program.

Greg & Darin Bresnitz

Featuring Chefs Brandin Lashea and Luke Reyes. The Cannabis Cooking 101 food demonstration will educate the home cook on ways to make a simple cannabis infused meal using quality culinary cannabis infused products. Chef Brandin Lashea is the host of “Pot Pie”, a popular original video series from PRØHBTD, a leader in Cannabis content. In this demonstration, Brandin and former Butchers and Barbers chef and winner of Food Network’s ‘CHOPPED’, Chef Luke Reyes will serve up quick and delicious dishes. Guests will learn techniques that entice the senses and indulge curiosities, and leave informed of benefits to health and wellness that can be gained from culinary cannabis infusions.

Q&A with Katherine Spiers

Katherine Spiers, host of the Smart Mouth Podcast with host a Q&A with a local chef. Katherine is the food editor for LA Weekly Magazine and contributor to Press Play with Madeleine Brand. Guest chef, to be announced, so stay tuned!

Dope & Dank Discussion

DOPE & DANK is a unique craft beer experience lead by aficionado Teo Hunter and brand architect Beny Ashurn that bridges diversity, dope culture and the dank world of craft beer. Dope & Dank curates an introduction to craft beer culture through engaging content, social media and dope events. Join them as they host a discussion with local LA brewers about their mission to bring diversity to LA’s growing craft beer scene.

Stage hosted by Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen
4:00pm – 4:45pmAlta California: Writer Bill Esparza discusses the modern Mexican-inspired California cuisine movement emerging from Los Angeles dubbed “Alta California” cuisine.
5:00 – 5:45pmSnacky Tunes: Podcast feat. live music and interviews
6:00 – 6:45pmCannabis Cooking 101: guest will learn the basics of cooking with cannabis infusions


3:00pm – 4:00pm VIP Happy Hour Exclusive: Eric Wareheim offers tastes of his all new Las Jaras Wines
4:15 – 5:00pm Smart Mouth Q&A
5:15pm – 6:00pmDOPE & DANK Discussion
6:15pm – 6:45pmStarry Kitchen Book Signing


VIP Topo Chico + Dulce Vida Tequila Bar. Available only in the VIP lounge
Raffle benefiting PATH, located at the PATH booth in the Mack Sennett Vendor Hall
CBD Food Coma massages in Cannabis Corner, compliments of Loki Lotion

DJs curated by Dublab
3:00 – 4:00pmHoseh
4:00 – 5:30pmAle
5:30 – 7:00pmAjay Ravi


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