If you like food festivals, Costa Mesa is the place to be this weekend.
First, there’s OC Japan Fair at the OC Fair & Event Center. A more intimate and more Japanese-focused version of the OC Night Market, it brings dozens of vendors together for three days of food, music performances, and shopping.
Admission is $8 for adults. Children 6 and under are free. Parking, $9.
Also happening is the LA Times-hosted The Taste at The Met. This year, the event spans only two days: Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19.
Tickets range from $80 – $150 per person, which is all-inclusive for unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings.
More details on both festivals below. See you there!
OC JAPAN FAIR
Time: Friday, October 18, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, October, 19, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, October 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Venue: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa.
LOS ANGELES TIMES’ THE TASTE
Time: Friday, October 18, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 19, 12 p.m.-3 p.m. (afternoon session) and 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (evening session).
Venue: The Met, 535 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa.
Before becoming an award-winning restaurant critic for OC Weekly in 2007, Edwin Goei went by the alias “elmomonster” on his blog Monster Munching, in which he once wrote a whole review in haiku.