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.
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!
OC JAPAN FAIR
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
LOS ANGELES TIMES’ THE TASTE
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.