Labor Day is months away, but it’s never too early to start planning a good time. The Los Angeles Times has announced the schedule for THE TASTE, its annual celebration of the Southern California culinary scene, to be held Labor Day weekend at Paramount Pictures Studios. Reflecting The Times’ award-winning coverage of all things edible, the five events will highlight distinct aspects of local food culture. Each will feature unlimited food tastings, specialty cocktails, wine seminars, live demos and topical conversations.
Tickets are on sale now at latimes.com/thetaste. The schedule:
· Opening Night Presented by Tequila Don Julio – Fri., Aug. 30th, 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 – Sat., Aug. 31st, 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. – Sat., Aug. 31st, 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.
· Labor Day Block Party – Sun., Sept. 1st, 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 – Sun., Sept. 1st, 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.
Los Angeles Times THE TASTE is produced in association with Best Events. Sponsors include Cadillac, Stella Artois and Svedka.
Tickets for Opening Night are $125. Early-bird tickets for all other TASTE events are available now for $50 and will be $85 at the door; 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.
Details and tickets: latimes.com/thetaste.