2015 Press Release
Taste of Mexico Announces Schedule and Participating Restaurants for Fifth Annual Food Festival
LOS ANGELES, California - October 1st, 2015
The Taste of Mexico Association announced today the schedule and participating restaurants for the Taste of Mexico Food Festival, its annual celebration of Los Angeles’ vibrant and extensive Mexican culinary scene, returning to LA Plaza in the heart of the city on Saturday, October 17th, 2015. Reflecting the Association’s commitment to the authentic flavors of Mexico’s cuisine. The event will showcase LA’s most admired and respected Mexican chefs, restaurants and food purveyors and include unlimited tastings from participating restaurants, specialty drinks and live music. Tickets are on sale now at: thetasteofmexico.org/buytickets.
Dinner and Agave Night Presented by Sysco - Saturday, October 17th. VIP hour 6:00 -7:00 pm / GA 7:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The Taste of Mexico’s signature event takes place under the stars with extensive food tastings, tequila tent, mezcaleria installation by Mezcal Legendario Domingo making its U.S. debut, Ilegal Mezcal, Mezcal Los Javis, Mezcal El Silencio, michelada beer garden by Victoria Beer and Guelaguetza’s Miche Mobil, and live entertainment by A Poco No!, Jarocho Group Tenocelomeh and Metralleta de Oro DJ Collective.
New Highlights from this year's Taste of Mexico will include: Pettycash, Guerrilla Tacos, Colonia Publica, Corazón y Miel’s Bar extraordinaire Robin Chopra, Aqui es Texcoco, Taco Libre, Chichen Itzá, Día de Los Puercos Food Truck, Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen and Cocina Condesa (full restaurant lineup below).
Regional food from LA favorites Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Mexicano, Frida, Frida Tacos, Lotería Grill, Torta Co., Mexicali Taco & Co., Casa Oaxaca, Tortas Bravas, Candela Taco Bar, Yuca’s, Tacos Punta Cabras, Mercado, Yxta and more...
Mariscos from Ceviche Project, Coni’Seafood, El Coraloense, Pez Cantina and Mariscos El Faro Food Truck.
Sweet Additions include La Monarca Bakery, Artesana Ice Pops, Mr. Churro, Frijolitos Mobile Coffee Cart and freshly spun cotton candy made with tamarind, mango and chocolate flavors by Love Swirls Cotton Candy. A complete list of this year's participants can be found on The Taste of Mexico Association’s website.
New to the Event is The Taste of Mexico MERCADO, a one day market showcasing Los Angeles’ finest local products, artisanal edibles, home goods and apparel. Confirmed vendors include: Mala by Patty Rodriguez, Lil' Libros, LA Libreria and more…
The 5th Annual Taste of Mexico Food Festival & Mercado 2015 is a 21+ event. All tickets include unlimited food tastings from all participating restaurants and participating sponsors. Access to all-you-can-drink in our Tequila Bar, Mezcaleria, Michelada Beer Gardens and The Taste of Mexico Mercado, where you will be able to shop and support local artists.
VIP tickets for early admission from 6:00 pm - 7:00p are available for $85 and include an additional 60 minutes to enjoy the event, VIP entrance, exclusive access to VIP tastings plus a VIP gift bag that includes a collectible signed poster by acclaimed Artist Ernesto Yerena and more… GA Tickets are available for $65. Tickets are currently available on our website: thetasteofmexico.org/buytickets and will sell out as they have in years past.
*NOTE* There will be enforced I.D. points at check in. Don’t forget your I.D. and please have it ready when you’re in line prior to visiting check-in. Doing so will streamline your access to the event and ensure that upon entry you can immediately enjoy all of the offerings throughout the venue.
Location & Directions
We will once again be returning to LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, in the heart of the city in Downtown L.A. We will have two admission points. One located on Spring Street and another on Main Street.
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 N Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
We’ve partnered with Lyft to offer your first ride free up to $20! Download the Lyft app and use promo code "TASTEOFMEXICO."
We highly recommend that you use Lyft or take Metro to Union Station (5 min. walk to LA Plaza).
As we all know, parking in DTLA is tough, especially on a weekend. If you must drive, please check for parking lots nearby here: http://elpueblo.lacity.org/GeneralInformation/Parking/index.htm
Media Check-In will be located on Main st. Upon check in you will receive your media pass.
About the Taste of Mexico Association
The Taste of Mexico Association is the flagship organization of restaurant exponents of authentic Mexican cuisine in Los Angeles. It was created in 2010 by LA's top Mexican restaurateurs – Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana, Vicente del Rio of Frida Mexican Cuisine, Bricia Lopez of Guelaguetza Restaurant and Ricardo Cervantes of La Monarca Bakery – with the purpose of embodying, enhancing and promoting the authentic ingredients, flavors and traditions of Mexico's cuisine.
The Taste of Mexico Association was created with the idea of building a network of Mexican restaurateurs who seek to grow and learn by sharing experiences and information with colleagues in the industry. The association gains access to valuable industry contacts, all while taking part in an exclusive platform to enhance the visibility and reputation of each members restaurant, and those of Mexico’s cuisine in the U.S.
To advance its mission, The Taste of Mexico Association partners only with trusted brands and companies who share the Association’s values.
About A POCO NO!
A POCO NO! is a strictly Mexican funky 80’s style cumbia group reminiscent of those of a backyard Mexican baptism or quinceñera. The fierce quintet features members of Chicano Batman and Viento Callejero, another heavy Los Angeles based cumbia trio. You can expect to hear a mix of classic cumbia covers by iconic artists such as Fito Olivares and Bronco, mixed in with original compositions drenched in flange guitars crashing against electronic tom fills with contagious movement that will keep the dance floor alive. Apoco No! is: Eduardo Arenas, Carlos Arevalo, Gabriel Villa, Vito Triglia, and Federico Zuñiga.
About Metralleta de Oro
Metralleta de Oro is a collective of Los Angeles-based Dj's comprised of, Diego Fuego (Diego Guerrero), Sumo Deejay (Sumohair), and FONDO (Eduardo Gomez). Founded in 2013, Metralleta de Oro often utilize an element of kitsch/satire in their musical and visual selections in order to criticize, depict, exaggerate, or comment on the spectacle of different Mexican/American popular sub-cultures. Some of the collectives musical genres include: Cumbia, Sonidero, and Tribal. Metralleta de Oro are currently the resident Dj's of the monthly Cumbia dance party ¡Dinamita!; every 3rd Friday of the month at The Office Nightclub located in Lincoln Heights.
La Monarca Bakery
La Casita Mexicana
I love Micheladas
Mexicali Taco & Co
Corazón y Miel
Aquí es Texcoco
Tacos Punta Cabras
Dia de Los Puercos
Mariscos El Faro
Gabbi’s Mexican Kitchen
Frijolitos Mobile Coffee Cart
Beer, Tequila and Mezcal
Don Julio Tequila
Mezcal Los Javis
Mezcal Legendario Domingo
5th Annual Taste of Mexico Festival Sponsors
The Taste of Mexico is presented by Sysco and Northgate Gonzalez Market. Event Sponsors include Media Partner 89.3 KPCC, The Lincoln Motor Company, Don Julio, Victoria Beer, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Kettle Chips, Goya, Tampico Spice, Co, Hass Avocado Board, I Love Micheladas, Got Milk? Restaurant Packaging Group, Mezcal Los Javis, Mezcal Ilegal, Mezcal Legendario Domingo, Consulado General de México en Los Ángeles, Mexican Tourism Board, Califia Farms, Lyft.