2016 Latin Food Fest 3/18-3/21

If there’s one thing Los Angeles does right, it’s Latin food. From the plethora of taco trucks to the never-ending rows of restaurants, Los Angeles in built on a foundation of Latin food, margaritas and Taco Tuesday celebrations.


From March 18-21, celebrate everything Latin at the Latin Food Fest, taking place at the Grand Park in Downtown LA. The festival will host three separate events, all catering to Central and South America, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and the Caribbean.

The kick-off event, taking place on Friday the 18th, boasts mixologists, tapas and live music. On both Saturday and Sunday, the Grande Tasting Event will go down,with 150 restaurants, wineries and distilleries. Saturday is 21+, while Sunday is an all age event, so there are no excuses if you can’t find a babysitter! The Grande Tasting Event will have live music, a beer and wine garden, and a large variety of wines (from Argentina, Mexico, California and Spain), and spirits (such as Bacanora, Cachaça, Mezcal, Raicilla, Rum, Sotol and Tequila) to indulge in. Ending the roundup of events, Monday the 21st brings the Havana Supperclub to the table, with a six-course private chef’s dinner taking diners on a Cuban tasting trip. Rioja wines will be paired with entrees and finished with a dessert rum cocktail.

Tickets can be purchased here, with numerous options, such as family packs, general admission and VIP. The VIP ticket option offers some pretty awesome extras, such as Spanish jamon, an oyster and tequila bar, Champagne, massages and more.

I will be live Tweeting and posting photos on Instagram throughout the event, so be sure to check out all the deliciousness that the Latin Food Fest will surely be!

The awesome people of the Latin Food Fest have graciously invited me to attend in exchange for blogging. All opinions, like always, are my own. 



About The Roaming Bean (109 Articles)
You're probably wondering what the heck is a "Roaming Bean"... Given that I am clearly not a Bean, and my name is Jen, what gives with this Bean thing, right? A friend of mine called me JenBean as a child, and it kinda stuck. Actually, it really stuck... even my license plate says Jenbean. And seeing as I have this grand lust to wander the world, The Roaming Bean seemed suitable. I've changed my career path more times than I have my underwear (minus all the times I've gone commando).... from animating, to forensic pathology, to international business, to fashion marketing and even to my wonderful and favorite of the bunch, degree in culinary arts, nothing kept my attention. Nothing was fun enough to do every day for the rest of my life. I mean, even though I cooked for celebrities in the heart of Hollywood, CA, why the hell would I want to sweat my ass off in a ridiculously HOT kitchen for most of the day and go home smelling like beef and onions? And the chef hat?? Do you know what that did to my hair?? Enter traveling.... The rainy day I descended down the tower of Notre Dame in Paris, gripping on to the railing for dear life so not to slip and tumble to an early death from the torrential down pour that was causing a small flood in the stairwell, my life changed. When I safely made it to the ground, legs shaky from an apparent lack of fitness it requires to walk up and down 387 steep stairs, I realized my hands were stained a delightful copper color from the rusted hand rail I had so dearly clung to. Desperate to get the icky stuff off my supple hands, and no running water in sight, I did what any other hopeless idiot would have done: I washed my hands in the nearest Parisian gutter. It was that moment that changed my life... I threw away my hair dryer, my rolling luggage and my dignity. I let my hair go natural, I bought a back pack and I CAMPED through Europe for a month and a half. Yes my friends, I crossed over into a savage traveling beast. Ok, a lot of people travel that way. But I didn't. And I'm so incredibly thankful for that rainy day in Paris that made me realize the world is a pretty sweet place. That realization led me on a quest; a quest to get out there, see things, soak up some local culture and eat my way around the world (with minimal food-related illnesses, such as but not limited to raging diarrhea).

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