How to Conquer Taste of Farmers Market July 14, 2017 BACK TO MARKET BUZZ


Every July, the merchants at The Original Farmers Market, Los Angeles throw a Market-wide party known as Taste of Farmers Market, a colorful evening of food tastings, strolling musicians and giveaways. And with more than 50 merchants participating, there’s always a great mix of customers’ favorite bites and brand new menu offerings.

This year, we’re also partnering with the First-In Fire Foundation and the brave firefighters from our neighborhood fire houses, Stations 61 and 29, who will be preparing and serving Firehouse Chili (regular and vegetarian) all evening long. Plus they’ll be bringing out their firetruck for great selfie opportunities and at 7 pm, Wilshire the Fire Dog, and firefighter pal Ryan Penrod will be performing an important safety demonstration.  These activities, and the First-in Fire community tent with an arts and crafts activity for the little ones are all located on the Market Plaza.

Since many of the merchants at Farmers Market have been located here for decades, they have an obsessively loyal fan following. Which can sometimes be a little overwhelming for the first-timer trying to navigate the ins and outs of Taste of Farmers Market.

No worries, though, any lines you encounter move quickly and there’s plenty to eat. But if you do end up waiting in a line, pass the time by eavesdropping on the insider tips on where to go next being shared by your fellow guests or just enjoy some of LA’s finest people watching. Need more insider tips? Here are a few:

Strategize
Get to know the participating merchants at Farmers Market and what they’re serving in advance of the event. Pick a handful of favorites before you arrive and make them your target.

Type A? You’ll probably want to take a quick spin throughout the Market, checking who has the biggest fan following and which samples most appeal to you and make a plan from there. Everyone else, grab your recyclable plate and head straight to the nearest foodie attraction.

Be Flexible
Farmers Market is home to many well-known restaurants and eateries, such as Fritzi Coop, Loteria Grill!, The Gumbo Pot and Pampas Grill as well as a long list of vendors that have been serving patrons and their families for generations. If you plan to enjoy tastings from specific merchants, hit the key ones first. But if you are more interested in maximizing your investment and trying as many new dishes as possible, consider moving on and checking back with the fan favorites later in the evening.

Dress for Success
Needless to say, your attire will be guided by how you define success. If you’re determined to stop at every single merchant, no matter what, wear loose-fitting clothes that will allow you to properly accommodate the samples you’re planning on consuming. Otherwise, if you’re trying to keep an eye on calories, points and your girlish figure, wear tighter-fitting clothing that will remind you when to say when.

Take a Break
While things in LA always seem to be done at the speed of light, there’s no shame in enjoying some downtime. Food always tastes better sitting down than it does when eating on the run. There’s going to be strolling music and fantastic samples and happy hour pricing at Bar 326 and EB’s Beer & Wine so get a drink and sit a spell. The event lasts four hours, so there’s plenty of time to try everything. And the slower you eat, the more you’ll be able to try.

*What’s New*

If you’re a Taste of Farmers Market regular, also know that we have plenty of new merchants that will tantalize your taste buds.

Here’s the Evening’s Menu at a Glance:

New Merchants (since 2016)

·         Fritzi Coop, Chicken Bites w/ Dipping Sauce

·         Local Ice, Bananas Foster or Cookie Monster Ice Cream or Lemon Ice

·         Michelina Artisan Boulanger, Mini Croissant, Multi-grain Bread & Baguette

·         Nonna’s Empanadas, Chicken & Veggie Empanada

·         Batson Barbershop, 10% Off Coupon

·         Kiehl’s, Assorted Skin Care Samples & Coupon

·         Oh Waouh, Fur Pom Pom Keychain & 20% off Coupon

·         Riceteria, Danish Candy & 20% Off Coupon

Meat Lovers

·         Bryan’s Pit Barbecue, BBQ Pulled Pork

·         Buca di Beppo, Mini Meatballs

·         Farmers Market Poultry, Chicken Breast w/ Assorted Marinades

·         The French Crepe Co, Ham & Cheese Crepe

·         Fritzi Coop, Chicken Bites w/ Dipping Sauce

·         Huntington Meats & Sausage, Harris Ranch Prime Rib Sandwich

·         Marconda’s Meats & Marconda’s Puritan Poultry, Steak, Chicken & Pork w/ Gardel’s Chimmichuri Sauce

·         Marmalade Café, Blackened Chicken Penne Pasta

·         Mixology 101, Mini Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs

·         Mr. Marcel Gourmet Market, Cheese & Charcuterie Sampler

·         Phil’s Deli & Grill, Hot Dog & Pastrami Sandwich

Seafood Lovers

·         Farm Fresh Produce, El Diablo Ceviche

·         The Gumbo Pot, Gumbo YaYa

·         Tusquellas Seafoods, Bay Shrimp Cocktail

Firehouse Chilis from Fire Station 61 and Fire Station 29 (Veggie and Meat Lovers)

International Flavors

·         China Depot, Kung Pao Chicken

·         Deano’s Gourmet Pizza, Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Sauce

·         ¡Loteria! Grill, Esquites (Mexican-style corn w/ toppings)

·         Magee’s Kitchen, Tex Mex Cheese Enchilada

·         Michelina Artisan Boulanger, Mini Croissant, Multi-grain Bread & Baguette

·         Moishe’s Restaurant, Couscous & Jajek (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)

·         Nonna’s Empanadas, Chicken & Veggie Empanadas

·         Pampas Grill, Garlic Beef, Cheese Bread & Potato Salad

·         Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza, Tomato, Garlic, Basil or Pepperoni Pizza

·         Peking Kitchen, Orange Chicken

·         Singapore’s Banana Leaf, Chicken Curry & Rice

·         Ulysses Voyage, Mini Lamb Gyro

·         The Village, BBQ Chicken Flatbread

Vegetarian

·         Charlie’s Coffee Shop, Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

·         Deano’s Gourmet Pizza, Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Sauce

·         Du-par’s Restaurant, Du-par’s Famous Buttermilk Pancakes

·         ¡Loteria! Grill, Esquites (Mexican-style corn w/ toppings)

·         Michelina Artisan Boulanger, Mini Croissant, Multi-grain Bread & Baguette

·         Moishe’s Restaurant, Couscous & Jajek (Cucumber Yogurt Salad)

·         Nonna’s Empanadas, Veggie Empanada

·         Patsy D’Amore’s Pizza, Tomato, Garlic, Basil or Pepperoni Pizza

·         Magic Nut & Candy Co., California Mix

·         Magee’s Kitchen, Tex Mex Cheese Enchilada

·         Papa Jake’s, Housemade Fresh Cut Cheese Fries

The Sweet Life

·         Bennett’s Ice Cream, 2 Small Scoops—Any Flavor

·         Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Assorted Pastries & Cold Brew Tea

·         Dylan’s Candy Bar, Mini Cookie Dough Cones

·         Littlejohn’s English Toffee, English Toffee

·         Local Ice, Bananas Foster or Cookie Monster Ice Cream or Lemon Ice

·         Magee’s House of Nuts, Butternut Corn

·         The Refresher, Mini Ice Cream Float

·         T & Y Bakery, Assorted Danishes

·         Zia Valentina, Mini Waffle Cone w/ Granita

Beverages          

·         Bar 326, Mini Beer Flight

·         E.B.’s Beer & Wine, Wine Samples

·         Coffee Corner, Herbal Lemonade

·         Cost Plus World Market, Bottled Water

·         Dragunara Spice Bazaar, Sencha Fruit Garden Tea

·         The Salad Bar, Assorted Fruit Smoothies

·         Bennett’s Ice Cream, Soft Drinks (Drink Ticket)

·         Charlie’s Coffee Shop, Soft Drinks or Iced Tea (Drink Ticket)

·         Coffee Corner, Coffee or Iced Tea (Drink Ticket)

·         Greenhouse Produce, Ginger Beer or Kombucha (Drink Ticket)

·         The Refresher, Soft Drinks (Drink Ticket)

Merchandise & Gifts    

·         Batson Barbershop, 10% Off Coupon

·         Blaze Pizza, Prize Wheel for Coupons and Gifts

·         The Dog Bakery, Doggie Bag filled with Dog Food & Treats

·         Kiehl’s, Assorted Skin Care Samples & Coupon

·         Oh Waouh, Fur Pom Pom Keychain & 20% off Coupon

·         Riceteria, Danish Candy & 20% Off Coupon

·         Sticker Planet, Free Stickers

Ready to join the event? Buy your ticket today! Tickets for Taste of Farmers Market are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.