Sink your teeth into DTLA’s favorite foodie fest with NEW culinary workshops, live demos, unique performances, traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, delectable bites, and more!
Los Angeles, Calif. – Go Little Tokyo invites food lovers to transport their palate for a weekend of authentic cuisine, unique workshops, and Japanese culture from the streets of Little Tokyo at the 3rd Annual Delicious Little Tokyo on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. Foodie experts, travel seekers, and first-time explorers alike will indulge in unique culinary demos, food tours, workshops and one-of-a-kind activities at various Little Tokyo shops and restaurants exclusively available during Delicious Little Tokyo.
Sake on the Rocks, the 12th Annual Sake & Food Tasting Event presented by the Little Tokyo Service Center, kicks-off the Delicious Little Tokyo weekend on Friday, July 20 at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) Plaza. The 21 & over event invites attendees to become sake experts as they sip and savor more than 50 types of traditional Japanese sake, provided by Mutual Trading Co., Inc.Small plates with big flavors will be served by top Los Angeles restaurants and chefs.
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.
To stay up to date on participating venues, specials offers, demo and food tour registrations, parking and more event details visitgolittletokyo.com/delicious. Delicious Little Tokyo is brought to you by Go Little Tokyo, a Little Tokyo Community Council (LTCC) run neighborhood marketing campaign created by Community Arts Resources (CARS) and funded by Metro Los Angeles. In collaboration with the Little Tokyo Historical Society (LTHS), Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and Little Tokyo Vibes.
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/.