These photos were taken at the inaugural L.A. Beer and Food Festival, which was presented by the Los Angeles County Brewers Guild Saturday afternoon at the Mack Sennett Studios in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles.
I was going to say that for an inaugural event, the turnout was outstanding; but the reality is that they sold out 650 tickets, which is pretty outstanding whether it was the inaugural or 10th annual event. The reality is that the venue probably could not hold much more and remain comfortable.
With close to 50 breweries, all members of the L.A. County Brewers Guild, and at least 15 food vendors there was something for everyone. Although the photos may give the impression that the place was packed, there were virtually no lines for beer. Some of the food vendors may have had a little trouble keeping up with demand, but I heard no complaints because everything (that I tried anyway) was delicious.
In addition to the copious amount of food and beer, there was music provided by DJ Jim Smith and at least one educational seminar put on by Celebrator Beer News writer Tomm Carroll, who gave a history of LA beer, going back to the Mexican-American War. The Brewers Guild also provided a free shuttle to the event from a donated parking lot, which meant there was more than enough parking for those that drove.
All-in-all, this was an outstanding event and I cannot wait to see what they do for their 2nd Annual L.A. Beer and Food Festival; of course, L.A. Beer Week will be coming up in June, so first things first. Cheers!
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