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First annual L.A. Sriracha festival coming to downtown

The Sriracha love affair doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon. If you're one of those bonafide Sriracha fans who likes to put the fiery condiment on everything, you'll want to mark your calendar for the first annual L.A. Sriracha Festival. The event will take place Oct. 27 from 3 to 6 p.m. at LOT 613 in downtown. 

Randy Clemens, author of "The Sriracha Cookbook," and Josh Lurie of Food GPS are co-organizing the event that will include a variety of dishes that highlight Sriracha. Sriracha desserts will also make an appearance.  And to cool off those taste buds, local craft beers, cocktails and sodas will be available.

"I’ve fallen completely in love with Sriracha, not just as a condiment, but also as an ingredient," said Clemens in a statement. “It works with all kinds of cuisines, and I can’t wait to see what all these incredible chefs do with it."

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Some of the participating chefs include Wesley Avila of Guerrilla Tacos, Nadav Bashan of Bashan, Neal Fraser of BLD, Gabe Gordon of Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Eric Greenspan of the Foundry on Melrose, Tai Kim of Scoops, Edras Ochoa and Javier Fregoso of Mexicali Taco & Co., Christian Page from Short Order, Tui Sungkamee and Jazz Singsanong of Jitlada, Chloe Tran and John Vu Cao of East Borough and Ernesto Uchimura of Plan CHeck Kitchen + Bar. 

Huy Fong Foods Inc., the company behind the Sriracha sauce with the rooster logo, is a presenting sponsor. Its founder David Tran will make an appearance at the festival. 

Tickets for the 21-and-over event are $49 per person with advance purchase and $59 at the door. Tickets are all-inclusive and include food and drinks. VIP tickets are available for $80 advance purchase or $90 at the door. They include reserved seating, one-hour early admission from 2 to 3 p.m. and a signed copy of Clemens' book "The Veggie-Lover's Sriracha Cookbook." Tickets can be purchased at

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to benefit Food Forward, a charity that donates fresh local produce to those in need. LOT 613, 613 Imperial St., Los Angeles,


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