3rd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo
Go Little Tokyo for two days of authentic, delectable food and drink from the streets of Little Tokyo for the 3rd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo, Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. Dubbed Los Angeles’ favorite weekend of foodie-fun, Go Little Tokyo invites foodie experts and first-time explorers alike the opportunity to indulge in culinary demos, food tours, workshops, and one-of-kind activities at various Little Tokyo shops and restaurants exclusively available duringDelicious Little Tokyo.
Kick-off the culinary adventure with Sake on the Rocks, the 12th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center on Friday, July 20 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Plaza. From 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. attendees will have the opportunity to savor more than 50 types of traditional Japanese sake, provided by Mutual Trading Co., and sample small plates from some of Los Angeles’ top restaurants and chefs. This event is 21 & over.
The following day, food aficionados and festivalgoers will have the unique opportunity to experience special interactive culinary and cultural workshops for an entire day of gourmet-fun on Saturday, July 21. Stroll through Little Tokyo’s culinary past and present with the Little Tokyo Foodie Walking Tour presented by the Little Tokyo Historical Society and learn about the historical food landmarks found in the neighborhood.
Discover your inner foodie influencer with Delicious Little Tokyo’s all-new Instagramming Food Workshop presented by Little Tokyo Service Center Small Business Counselor, Mariko Lochridge & Instagram influencer @lapetitebelle_eats. After learning all the tricks and trades to snapping a mouth-watering photo, attendees can master the perfect coffee creation with Café Dulce’s Latte Art Workshop.
Sink your teeth into Baldoria’s popular Pizza Making Workshop and learn the secrets to making the perfect pie. The Little Tokyo Service Center in partnership withBunkado will host a Furoshiki Workshop (traditional Japanese wrapping) and Little Tokyo’s favorite neighborhood hangout, Wolf & Crane will offer Beverage Demos. When attendees are not immersed with the in-store workshops and activations, attendees can continue the culinary entertainment with the Little Tokyo Food Stage at the Japanese Village Plaza Stage to watch live cooking demos and presentations. More workshops, demos, and activations to be announced as Delicious Little Tokyo nears.
Embark on a foodie adventure through the streets of Little Tokyo for a one-of-a-kind, full-day experience of mouth-watering cuisine, enticing demonstrations, appetizing workshops, and more on Saturday, July 21. Spice up your taste buds with a Cooking Demo and Tasting at Kasih, Little Tokyo’s newest flavor hotspot, for a live cooking demonstration and bites of Indonesia’s rich culture and cuisine. Enjoy an immersive and traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony with a private viewing of the James Irvine Japanese Garden at the Japanese American Culture & Community Center. Learn the art of making adorable rice ball characters, with the Onigiri Workshop, a popular Japanese snack, presented by Table for Two.
Satisfy your craving for culture with live demonstrations, DIY art workshops, and more throughout the Delicious weekend! Put your green thumb to work and create a traditional floral centerpiece with Kuragami Little Tokyo Florist, or play with your food in Food on First: A DIY Art + Film Workshop. Starting at 1pm, featured +LAB Artists in Residence, Tina Takemoto and Susu Attar, will use local fresh food sourced in Little Tokyo to bring out each attendee’s inner artist using DIY art making tools in the kitchen to create experimental drawings and film. Then, watch +LAB Artist in Residence, Kuniharu Yoshida, as he uses his body and found objects mixed with hip-hop dance to create exciting, giant calligraphy artwork with a Live Art Calligraphy Performance at 1:30pm and 2:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) Plaza.
When attendees are not immersed in hands-on workshops and activations, festivalgoers can continue the jam-packed day of Little Tokyo fun with the Windows of Little Tokyo: Halfway Reception walking tour. Presented by Sustainable Little Tokyo, attendees can enjoy live performances, tastes, and 11 artist installations displayed on storefront windows across the neighborhood during a walking tour through the historic, 134-year old Japanese American neighborhood starting at JACCC and ending at Aloha Cafe.
Additional Delicious Little Tokyo activations and workshops include; “Camera Eats First”–an all-new Food Photography Workshop at BAE Little Tokyo, a special Sanrio Character Photo opportunity, Baldoria’s popular Pizza-Making Workshop, a Furoshiki Workshop (traditional Japanese wrapping) with Bunkado, Beverage Demos with Wolf & Crane, and attendees can enjoy live culinary demonstrations and presentations all day long on the Delicious Little Tokyo Food Stage at the Japanese Village Plaza Stage.
ABOUT GO LITTLE TOKYO
Go Little Tokyo is a community-led effort aimed at highlighting the unique cultural programs, community events, and dining and shopping experiences found in Little Tokyo. As one of Los Angeles’ most vibrant cultural hubs, there is an abundance of destinations and landmarks in and around this historic walkable neighborhood, and Go Little Tokyo will help you uncover them. Go Little Tokyo is a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) project developed and produced by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and made possible with support from Metro. For more information, visit: http://www.golittletokyo.com/.