Before you confirm any other plans in the Los Angeles area for the weekend of June 8-9, be sure to investigate the 8th Annual 2013 LAWineFest, to be held at Hollywood's Historic Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038.
At the Festival, you will discover celebrity chef demos, tasting classes, optional VIP access and some of Los Angeles' hottest food trucks.
All of this is in addition, of course, to the hundreds of award winning wines being offered from 13 countries, craft brews and artisan cocktails.
The LAWineFest hours are Saturday, June 8, from 2-6pm, and Sunday, June 9, from 12-5pm. Tickets are available here (http://lawinefest2013.eventbrite.com/).
All proceeds from the event benefit the Food Forward charity, whose mission is to bring together volunteers and neighbors to share in the harvesting and recovery of locally grown produce from private homes, public spaces and farmers markets. All of this produce is then distributed at no cost to agencies serving our community's most vulnerable.
The festival itself is L.A.’s largest and longest-running wine-tasting event, with the goal of making wine fun and accessible for Angelenos while supporting local charitable organizations.
Saturday, June 8 - 2:45pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja; $15 | 3:45pm: Artisinal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures with Barrie Lynn, The Cheese Impresario; $35 (a sell-out every year) | 4:45pm: Walking in Their Shoes: a panel discussion with California winemakers and winery owners, $15
Sunday, June 9 - 1pm: Wine & Cheese - A Good Combo? Hosted by Terry & Wally August of Fancifull Fine Food & Baskets, $35 | 2pm: Discovering Spain’s Rioja, $15 | 3pm: Artisanal Cheese & Wine Pairing Adventures, $35 (a sell-out every year)
Celebrity Chefs: Eric Greenspan of The Foundry on Melrose and Chang Sivilay of the Mandarin Hotel West Hollywood and Asia de Cuba will be presenting interactive cooking demos on the Wolf Range, one of the event’s premiere sponsors.
Stella Artois Beer Garden presented by 2013 event sponsor Stella Artois, will offer several brew varieties on tap for all guests to enjoy.
Food Trucks & Restaurants include Lobsta Truck, Heirloom, Tainamite, Green Truck, Slammin’ Sliders, Hot’s Kitchen, The Surfer Taco, Sweet Arleen’s Cupcake & Bread Puddings. Plates start at $2; not included in event ticket price.
VIP Tickets are available on Saturday, June 8 only; $30 upgrade includes early admission at 1pm, access to the VIP Garden featuring exclusive tastings and a VIP gift bag. Guests can purchase VIP tickets here: http://lawinefest2013.eventbrite.com/.
K&L Wines in Hollywood and Mel & Rose in West Hollywood will be on-site to take orders and make wines available for in-store pickup or home delivery.
8th Annual LAWineFest
Saturday, June 8, 2-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 9, 12-5 p.m.
Hollywood’s Historic Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. LA, CA 90038
$85/single; $150/couple; $20 designated driver
Visit www.LAWineFest.com for special advanced pricing and to purchase tickets
Street parking (metered on Saturday) and paid parking available at Paramount Studios lots on Bronson and Van Ness.
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