Frequently Asked Questions

What are the event hours?
April 30th, 2017
4 pm – 8 pm
VIP entrance opens at 3pm
General Admission opens at 4pm
Food Vendors end at 7pm
Wine, beer and music end at 8pm

Where is the event site?
Los Angeles River Center and Gardens
570 W Ave 26
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Map & Directions

Where do I park?
There are some 250 parking spaces on site that are first come first served.  There is also extensive parking on San Fernando Blvd on Sundays.

For complete details on event parking please click here.

How much does it cost and what’s included?
General Admission:
$45 pre sale
$55 day of event
Unlimited food tastes
Wine, beer and spirits also available for purchase

VIP:
$75 pre sale
$85 day of event
Includes unlimited food tastes, 3 drink tickets, VIP food and mixology demos with complimentary tastings, early entry to event at 3 pm, exclusive VIP gift bag, front row demo seating, and priority parking (2:45-4 pm)

Kids under 2:
Free

Kids 2 – 12:
$12
Includes kids’ space

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When do online ticket sales end?
Online ticket sales end 11:59pm April 29th

Are tickets available at the door?

If they are still available, tickets at the door are $55 for General Admission and $85 for VIP. However, our maximum capacity is 1,000 guests. Last year we completely sold out days before our event, so we highly recommend purchasing tickets beforehand

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What do I get as part of my VIP Ticket?
The VIP ticket includes (in addition to unlimited food tastes): 3 drink tickets, VIP food and mixology demos, early entry to event at 3 pm, exclusive VIP gift bag, front row demo seating, and priority parking (arrive between 2:45-4 pm)

Do I have to buy the food once I’m in the event?
No! You may try as many tastes as you’d like, your wristband is all you need!

Do I need to purchase additional food tasting tickets?
No. unlimited food tastes are included with all tickets.

Do I need to purchase tickets for drinks?
Wine, beer, and cocktails tickets are available for additional purchase. VIP admission includes 3 drink tickets.

What kind of tastings can I expect?
Vendors will serve sample size portions of 1- 2 different dishes, that they feel best represent their restaurant.

Do kids get unlimited food with their ticket?
Yes! Kids’ admission also gets them as many tastes as they would like.

What kind of beverages will be served at the event?
There will be wine, beer and cocktails available for purchase. There will also be non-alcoholic beverages available as well.

Will there be live music at the event?
Yes! We will have a live band along with some amazing DJ’s.

Where is the entrance to the event?
The entrance to the event is from the main rotunda by the parking lot.

Is there a special entrance if I bought tickets in advance?
All entrants will receive a wristband at the entrance, there will be an express line for advance ticket holders.

Are pets permitted at the festival?
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the event due to this being a food-related event.

Is there a designated smoking area?
There is a designated smoking area that can be found on event map, inside the event space.

Where is the closest metro stop and subway station?
Metro Local #84 stops right at the River Center at Ave 26/San Fernando.  The closest train station is about 5 blocks away at Lincoln Heights/Cypress Park Station on the Metro Gold Line.

Does Taste of the Eastside have a volunteer program?
Yes! Taste of the Eastside is entirely staffed by volunteers and we are always looking for enthusiastic foodies to join us!  Volunteers receive free entry and endless gratitude!  Please contact us at info@tasteoftheeastside.com

Are proceeds from Taste of the Eastside donated to charity?
Yes, thank you for asking! 100% of our proceeds go to non-profits. Our main benefactor is Rose Scharlin Cooperative Nursery School, Los Angeles’ oldest parent run co-op founded in 1939. Other benefactors include The Pablove Foundation; helping kids with cancer live a love-filled life today and a cancer-free life tomorrow and Friends of the Los Angeles River is a non-profit group protecting the natural and historic heritage of the waterway

Can I donate separately to anyone of these organizations?
Yes, please! We absolutely encourage you to do so:
http://rosescharlin.com/fundraising/
https://folar.org/donate/
http://www.pablove.org