Two Food Festivals Happening This Weekend in Costa Mesa!

OC Japan Fair.

This weekend will bring not one but two food festivals to Costa Mesa.

First, there’s OC Japan Fair at the OC Fair & Event Center. It’s the second year for the event. Think of it as a more intimate and more Japanese-focused version of the OC Night Market. I went last year and filed this report I entitled “7 Tips For The OC Japan Fair”.

Admission is $8 for adults. Children 6 and under are free.

LA Times’ The Taste

Also happening is the LA Times-hosted The Taste, which comes to Orange County for the first time. It will be held at The Met over the same three day period: October 19, 20 and 21. With the ticket price, attendees can have unlimited tastings from dozens of restaurants, sips of seasonal cocktails and cooking demos featuring a diverse collection of chefs and dishes. Featured chefs include Carlos Salgado and Hop Phan.

Tickets are $85 – $130 per person, all-inclusive, good for unlimited food, beer, wine, and spirits tastings, plus all stage activities.

More details on both festivals below. See you there!


Time: Friday, October 19, 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday, October, 20, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Venue: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, California 92626



Time: Friday, October 19, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, October, 20, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Venue: The Met, 535 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92626



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.

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