Our Pick of the Week…is The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival and it starts on Thursday… August 21 and runs through Sunday the 24, 2014. Now who doesn’t like FOOD? Experience FOUR days of food tastings….Let your inner foodie go, wild. POW LAFW-band

Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), the producers of Pebble Beach Food & Wine, Harvest Farm-to-Table, and restaurateurs behind the recently opened Faith & Flower concept in Downtown Los Angeles, announce the fourth annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival taking place August 21-24, 2014. For the fourth straight year, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival, presented by FOOD & WINE magazine, returns to Downtown Los Angeles, one of the country’s premier cultural destinations.

The culinary world’s most recognized names and faces will come together for an epicurean kaleidoscope of festivities that will take over the heart of Los Angeles for a three-night, four-day extravaganza. “We are setting the bar high for the fourth year to bring together dynamic and unprecedented chef pairings and collaborations,” says Co-Founder David Bernahl II. “We plan for this event the entire year, and we want return guests as well as first time guests to be blown away.”

Anchored within the center of the city, the Los Angeles Food & Wine festival will feature an unparalleled weekend of festivities. Enjoy live culinary demonstrations including Jenn-Air Master Class Series; tastings from world-class wineries; the LEXUS Grand Tasting; book signings; mixology seminars; activations from returning sponsors including The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Delta Airlines and JENN-AIR; as well as new partners, such as Chase Sapphire Preferred®, a premier travel and dining rewards card from Chase, acting as the presenting sponsor of this year’s kickoff event, Ultimate Bites of L.A. on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

Featuring the first ever Chase Sapphire Preferred Chef Challenge, two of L.A.’s most influential chefs will team up with visiting chefs to compete for charity. Chase Sapphire card members will enjoy VIP lounges, event speed lines, and access to an exclusive luncheon and intimate meet-and-greets with chefs during the festival.

POW LAFW largeCrowdThoughtfully curated, each moment of the festival will bring a one-of-a-kind opportunity for guests to have access to award-winning celebrity chefs paired with music performances from nationally recognizable artists. Guests will savor acclaimed cuisine from over 100 celebrity and world-class chefs, and over 200 wines curated from prestigious wineries. “We are continuously in awe over the culinary talent this city has to offer,” says CLM Co-Founder, Robert Weakley. “Collectively, the passion and dedication from the country’s most influential chefs, along with their counterparts in L.A., creates an experience unlike any other. In the end, we simply want to enjoy good wine and food, all rolled up into one epic weekend.”

Locals and visitors alike will experience the cultural diversity of Los Angeles’s culinary scene within this inclusive setting. Additionally, Los Angeles Food & Wine will also feature events taking place throughout greater Los Angeles during the four-day celebration—from Beverly Hills to Santa Monica—as participants have the opportunity to partake in themed lunches and marquee chef collaborations.

For more information, visit the website. Tickets range from $50 – $350. Be aware that this 4 day festival has events in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, and downtown starting on Thursday and running through Sunday. So be sure to check the website to decide which events you would like to attend and where they are taking place.  

2022 UPDATE: Unfortunately for all of us The Taste event is no longer taking place and the website has been shut down. If you love foodie events, see our sister site EatTravelGo.com – Go to the Destinations Section, Eat/Drink Page; Festivals drop-down for a list of food festivals or CLICK HERE for a direct link to the best LA annual Food Events. Visit the Stories Section; under Dining Drinking – the Events Page to read reviews of these food events or CLICK HERE for the direct link.