The next two weeks are for you, aficionados of global street food. Love Tokyo shio ramen and Hokkaido crab inari? Beijing-style lamb skewers and Taiwanese shaved snow? Carnitas tacos? Cochinita pibil? Grilled cheese sandwiches? Spam musubi? Ramen burgers? Then the Japanese Gourmet Fair, DTLA Night Market, Tacolandia and the L.A. Street Food Fest, all of which take place over the next couple of weekends, have you covered.
Japanese Gourmet Fair
Mitsuwa Marketplace in Torrance hosts the annual Japanese Gourmet Fair from Thursday to Sunday in Torrance. Featuring regional Japanese street food, including Tokyo beef tongue ramen, bento with fresh crab and salmon roe from Hokkaido, Japanese-style waffles, fried fish cake skewers, mackerel sushi, Saga beef rib eye and more. Admission is free; food items are priced a la carte. Store hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 21515 S. Western Ave., Torrance, (310) 782-0335, www.mitsuwa.com.
DTLA Night Market
The massive 626 Night Market that occasionally takes over Santa Anita Park in Arcadia (remember when 30,000 people descended on its original Pasadena location?) is throwing another in downtown L.A. with the debut of the DTLA Night Market. Food at what’s billed as the largest night market in North America will include Moo-Soo-Bee’s Spam musubi and poke; Good Good Chicken fried chicken cutlet; Gaja Okonomi’s okonomiyaki, and Gottsui’s okonomiyaki; Beijing Tasty House lamb skewers; Bling Bling dumplings; Waffle Boss’ waffle ice cream sandwiches; Nikuman-Ya pork buns; SnowLA shaved snow; the Paella Artisan; Japadog; Umaya’s ramen pizza; and more. DTLA Night Market takes place Friday and Saturday in Lot 7 at Staples Center, from 4 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $7 for presale tickets, $10 at the door (but only presale tickets guarantee entry). 1150 S. Figueroa St. (between 11th and 12th streets), www.626nightmarket.com.
The second annual Tacolandia hits downtown on June 28, featuring more than 40 taco specialists including Carnitas El Momo, Chichen Itza, Coni’ Seafood, Mariscos Jalisco, Colonia Taco Lounge and more. A tequila garden featuring more than a dozen labels will be part of the taco extravaganza at El Pueblo de Los Angeles. 3 to 7 p.m. General admission is $25. Premium tickets are $45 and early access. A $20 tequila garden ticket is for garden admission and 10 half-ounce shots of tequila. Buy online. El Pueblo de Los Angeles, 125 Paseo De La Plaza, Los Angeles.
L.A. Street Food Fest
On June 28, the L.A. Street Food Fest returns to the Rose Bowl with more than 100 vendors that include food trucks, carts, celebrity chefs and restaurants, along with beer, cocktails, wine, an ice cream social and iced coffee lounge. Among the participants are the Grilled Cheese Truck, Kraken Mobile, Aloha Plate, Vartan Abgaryan of Cliff’s Edge, Brian Huskey of Formosa Café, Bizarra Capital and Sticky Rice, as well as Tacos Kokopelli and Aqui es Texcoco from Baja, Mexico. A complete list of this year’s participants can be found on the L.A. Street Food Fest website. All tickets are presale only through Eventbrite: $55 for general admission; VIP early admission tickets are $80. 4 to 10 p.m. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena, www.lastreetfoodfest.com.
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