The 8
th Annual Taste of the Eastside Returns to Showcase the Culinary Diversity and Growing Food Scene from the Most Exciting Neighborhoods of Los Angeles

A food festival that has stood out since its inception, Taste of the Eastside, also known as TOTE for lovers and aficionados of good food and music is returning to celebrate the brilliant culinary evolvement of the East-Side and surrounding neighborhoods of Los Angeles on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at the charming Los Angeles River Center and Gardens.

What began as an idea from a group of parents to raise money for Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School, LA’s oldest co-op for kids and the primary beneficiary and organizer of TOTE has now turned into a hugely popular and highly regarded food festival that brings together the best food, drink, and entertainment LA has to offer. The East-Side of Los Angeles and surrounding areas are experiencing a unique culinary renaissance with many new restaurants emerging in the hip neighborhoods of Silverlake, Los Feliz, Atwater Village, Echo Park, Downtown, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and beyond.

Representing these diverse and exciting locales will be over 30 vendors, both newcomers and returning establishments, with something for everyone. Angelenos are sure to be familiar with some of the popular places bringing their tastiest offerings, including the cozy Los Feliz joint we all love, Little Dom’s, tasty Mexican spot, Diablo Taco, Silverlake’s delectable Chinese hidden gem, Fat Dragon, French neighborhood newcomer Melody, Eagle Rock’s New American Red Herring, Atwater’s Italian eatery, All’Acqua, savory and fresh Gigi’s Bakery, the sweet, sweet Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream and the scrumptious McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams with many more participants ready to serve up their best fare!

TOTE would not be complete without flights from the region’s finest, boutique wine merchants, Silver Lake Wines. Of course, there will be signature cocktails from Mohawk Bend and Greenbar Craft Distillery as well as refreshing beer pours from Eagle Rock BrewingEl Segundo Brewing Co. and Strand Brewing Co. KCRW DJ favorites Raul CamposAnthony Valadez and Garth Trinidad will be spinning tunes for all music lovers, in addition to live music from Cousin JunebugThe Morning Yells and more. We are thrilled to announce this year’s addition of a local designer section including Dean Leather Accessories, Devon Leigh Jewelry and Sage LA Candles and Oils showcasing their creations and donating 25 percent of all proceeds to TOTE.

All proceeds from Taste of the Eastside will be donated to highly-deserving local organizations, including Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery SchoolThe Pablove Foundation, and FOLAR, Friends of the LA River.

For another memorable Sunday basking in the sun with great music and indulging in irresistible food and drink, all the while supporting this wonderful cause get your tickets for Taste of The Eastside 2018!

 

List of 2018 Participants: 

ALL’ ACQUA RESTAURANT

BARBRIX RESTAURANT & WINE BAR 

BON VIVANT MARKET & CAFE 

BOWERY BUNGALOW

CENTO PASTA BAR 

CHALLAH HUB 

CLIFF’S EDGE

DAW YEE MYANMAR CORNER 

DIABLO TACO + CANTINA

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY 

EAGLE ROCK BREWERY PUBLIC HOUSE 

EL SEGUNDO BREWING CO. 

FAT DRAGON

FROGTOWN BREWERY  

GIGI’S CAFE CUBANO 

GO GET EM TIGER 

GREEN BAR DISTILLERY 

JENI’S SPLENDID ICE CREAM 

LITTLE DOM’S 

MALO RESTAURANT 

MCCONNELL’S FINE ICE CREAMS 

MELODY 

MOHAWK BEND 

MOMED 

OKI POKI LA

PAZZO GELATO

RED HERRING 

SILVERLAKE WINE 

SPOKE BICYCLE CAFÉ

SPREAD MEDITERRANEAN KITCHEN 

STRAND BREWING CO 

And MORE!

More about The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens:
The Los Angeles River Center and Gardens has been home to TOTE now for the past three years, giving the festival a unique location and vibe. The venue, a stunning mission-style villa with lush landscaping, soothing fountains and meandering, tiled patios, provides a breathtaking backdrop for SoCal foodies to sample delicious offerings from some of LA’s hottest purveyors of food and drink. The lovely grounds are home to several non-profit organizations that aim to revitalize the Los Angeles River and promote sustainable living. It is located at 570 W Ave 26 #100, Los Angeles, CA 90065.

More about main beneficiary: Rose Scharlin Nursery School:
Rose Scharlin is a cooperative Nursery School in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake area founded in 1939 with the distinction of being the very first cooperative nursery school in the City of Los Angeles and the model upon which local schools patterned themselves. It was founded in 1939 as the Echo Park Cooperative Nursery School, using the facilities of the Echo Park Playground but later merging with what was Lakeview Nursery School in Silverlake. The purpose is to provide a safe, secure and challenging environment for the children; to offer them a range of developmentally appropriate activities; and to reflect the diversity of backgrounds, our community and our world. They emphasize the process of parents and children learning and working together for the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual growth of all.

Sponsors and Partners of Taste of the Eastside 2018:
Sponsers 
include Williams Homes (Gold), Tracy Do (Silver), Silverlake Neighborhood (Bronze), Gelson’s (Bronze) and Partners include Boxed WaterLos Angeles MagazineEco ProductsLA River StudiosVOX StudiosRAM Board and Yelp.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Taste of the Eastside

For more information on ticket prices and to purchase tickets:  http://tasteoftheeastside.com/tickets/

Taste of The Eastside Social Media: Facebook: @TasteoftheEastside Instagram: tasteoftheeastside

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