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The Los Angeles Times The Taste annual food festival returns on Labor Day weekend to the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios!


Five events will celebrate the city’s food, dining, and cocktail culture, showcasing Los Angeles’ chefs, restaurants, and bartenders. Each event — Opening Night, Field to Fork, Dinner With a Twist, Sunday Brunch, and Flavors of L.A. — will include unlimited tastings, specialty drinks, wine seminars, and live demos.


Opening Night: Friday, August 29, from 7:30 to 11:00 pm. The Taste’s premiere will bring together all of the weekend’s hosts, chefs, and bartenders, including The Times’ Food staff, for a debut soirée featuring tastings, premium cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment.

Field to Fork: Saturday, August 30, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Times Food Editor Russ Parsons leads a day inspired by seasonal dishes made with local ingredients.

Dinner with a Twist: Saturday, August 30, 7:30 to 11:00 pm. Betty Hallock, Times deputy Food editor, and Jonathan Gold, Times restaurant critic, collaborate for an evening of some of L.A.’s best dishes and complementary pours.

Sunday Brunch: Sunday, August 31, 11 am to 3:00 pm. Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen director, makes Sunday fun-day with an homage to brunch.

Flavors of L.A.: Sunday, August 31, 7:30 to 11:00 pm. Jonathan Gold, Times restaurant critic, will close out The Taste with a tour of the world flavors through the lens of L.A. chefs and local restaurants.

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See the full schedule here.

WHAT: Los Angeles Times The Taste  
August 29 – 31, 2014
Paramount Pictures Studios | 5555 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90038



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Reflecting The Los Angeles Times’ award-winning coverage of all things edible, the Taste is a three-day gastronomic adventure featuring five events that will highlight distinct aspects of food culture in Southern California.


The events feature unlimited food and drink tastings from more than 40 of the area’s top restaurants, cooking and mixology demonstrations, wine seminars, and panel discussions.


Opening Night Presented by Tequila Don Julio – Friday, August 30, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
The Times Food team along with chefs and bartenders participating over the weekend will come together for a special opening night soirée with a focused collection of tastings, distinctive cocktail and wine offerings, and live entertainment.


Field to Fork – Saturday, August 31, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Russ Parsons, Times Food Editor, hosts a day inspired by fresh, local ingredients and the pleasure of cooking – and eating – seasonal dishes.


Flavors of L.A. – Saturday, August 31, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Jonathan Gold, Times Restaurant Critic, hosts an event full of authentic dishes from around the world via the best local restaurants.

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Labor Day Block Party – Sunday, September 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Noelle Carter, Times Test Kitchen Director, hosts a celebration of the dishes that exemplify an end-of-summer bash with family and friends.


Cocktail Confidential Sunday, September 1, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
Betty Hallock, Times Deputy Food Editor, and Jessica Gelt, Food & Night Life Writer, host an evening dedicated to the culinary creations and libations that typify cocktail culture.


WHAT: Los Angeles Times The Taste 
August 30 – September 1, 2013 | 
WHERE: Paramount Pictures Studios | 5555 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90038


  • Tickets for Opening Night are $125. Early-bird tickets for all other TASTE events are available now for $65 and will be $85 after August 29; a limited quantity of Weekend Passes for all four Saturday and Sunday events is available for $175. A 20% discount on individual tickets is available to Los Angeles Times members. For those looking to make a weekend out of it, select area hotels are offering TASTE ticket and accommodation packages.


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January is your chance to organize and fulfill that vacation you’ve been planning or dreaming about. Take advantage of two travel conventions sure to spark your travel bug.

The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show is your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up deals, win trips and giveaways, and be entertained and delighted at this amazing travel extravaganza.

The event will feature over 450 exhibitors from around the world and a full schedule of lectures by prominent travel experts including Samantha Brown, Andrew Zimmern, Peter Greenberg, Pauline Frommer, Mark DeCarlo and more.  The zip line, scuba tank and rock wall will also be back.

New for 2012, test your buds at the International Fiery Foods Challenge. Offering a variety of tasty dishes to sample from around the world, interactive cooking demonstrations on the Culinary Stage, a cooking class, and learn helpful tips for foodies from your favorite travel personalities.

WHAT: Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show
WHEN: January 14-15, 2012 | 10 am – 5 pm
Long Beach Convention Center | 300 East Ocean Blvd. | Long Beach, CA 9080

The Los Angeles Times Travel Show will include many areas designated to specific travel needs and wants. The Travel in Style Pavilion will feature displays, galleries, and interactive experiences to pamper and transport yourself to the destination of your dreams. The Xtreme Adventure Zone is the destination for active vacationers, thrill seekers, and outdoor adventurers, offering exciting activities and attractions. Families can explore the Kid’s World area featuring family friendly destinations, mini-getaways, entertainment, performances, hands-on activities and more! And the Culinary State will tempt taste buds with samples of local, regional and world cuisines. A whole line-up of travel celebrities including Rick Steves and Arthur Frommer are on the roster here too.

Hundreds of exhibitors. Trip giveaways. Cultural entertainment. Travel experts and more! It’s everything you need to get far away from the every day.

WHAT: Los Angeles Times Travel Show
WHEN: January 28-29, 2012 | 10 am – 5 pm
WHERE: Los Angeles Convention Center | 1201 S. Figueroa St. | Los Angeles, CA 90015

So, wherever you’re fantasizing about traveling next year and beyond, visit the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show and the Los Angeles Times Travel Show to whet your travel appetite and discover some new destinations you might not have thought of.

We’d like to hear from you. Tell us your travel plans this year or your dream vacation.

– Bon Voyage!