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"Best Taste of Santa Ana" Event This Sunday

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Jason Quinn of The Playground
There's a lot of great food to taste in Santa Ana, but not always all at once, together, at one single event.

Tasting festivals like the one this post is about has been done many times before in Santa Ana, I'm sure--this isn't their first rodeo. But if you're already tired of OC Fair deep fried food, this Sunday, July 20th, the Assistance League of Santa Ana will be hosting a fundraising festival downtown where some of Santa Ana's best restaurants (as well as a few chains) will be offering samples of food.

The event will take place on Ross Street, which will be closed between Santa Ana Boulevard and 3rd Street in Downtown Santa Ana, from 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

Tickets are $40 each and can be bought here. Today is the last day for online tickets sale.

Here are the restaurants who will be participating.

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Annual "I Love Poke Festival" To Happen On June 30th

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Photo Courtesy of "I Love Musubi"
Poke from Bear Flag Fish Company
These are the days of poke. There are more and more places that sell the Hawaiian foodstuff of legendary deliciousness--including the Costco in Tustin, and the recently opened Pokinometry in Anaheim--that it proves mainlanders are finally warming up to this often neglected cousin of ceviche and sashimi.

And the annual festival that celebrates poke, which is appropriately called The "I Love Poke" Festival is happening this coming Monday, June 30th, at Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach.

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Food Porn From Taste of the Nation Laguna Beach

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Soy garlic braised brisket, served by Brian Huskey of Formosa Cafe. Loved the carrot puree.

When friends invited us to attend Taste of the Nation Los Angeles, we couldn't say no to a collection of great restaurants all in one spot. Then I realized the Orange County event was around the corner, and covering it only made sense. While it was a much more intimate setting, the caliber of expertise was a home run. Chefs traveled from Hawaii, even Florida to prepare something special for this Share our Strength fundraiser that Edwin referenced last week. Here's the visual evidence.

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Little Saigon Night Market Starts This Friday

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Little Saigon Night Market
Perhaps the one complaint most people had about the recent OC Night Market at the OC Fairgrounds was the admission price. The crowds were insane, some of the food was overpriced, but it was the fact you had to pay to get in that got stuck in most folks' craw. On top of that, there was the charge for parking.

Well, here comes The Little Saigon Night Market where the crowds will be equally insane, the parking situation will be free but frustrating, but, hey, there's absolutely no admission fee.

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This Sunday: 7th Annual Share Our Strength Taste of the NationĀ®

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Courtesy Montage Laguna Beach
Craig Strong to host Share our Strength
The general admission for this weekend's 7th Annual Share Our Strength Taste of the Nation event at Studio at the Montage is $200. If you want to get the VIP admission, where you get to attend a "Meet The Chefs" reception after dinner, it'll be $275.

No, it ain't cheap. But this is a charity event where 100% of each ticket helps support the Share Our Strength charity in eliminating childhood hunger. The Montage's resident chefs Craig Strong and Lee Smith will be there, joined by such celebrity chefs as Ludo Lefebvre and Alan Wong, and also, local chefs Alan Greeley of Golden Truffle and Greg Daniels of Haven Gastropub.

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Dave to Demonstrate Negroni-Making At the Yost Theater This Thursday!

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Flickr user Chodhound, via Creative Commons
Bitter + sweet + alcoholic = the world's most perfect aperitif.
It's Negroni Week! Wait, what the heck is a Negroni?

I'll be making a rare public appearance at the Yost Theater in downtown Santa Ana during the DTSA Farmers Market this Thursday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m. to explain the sordid history of the cocktail we're celebrating this week.

Then I'll dust off my bartender gear and demonstrate three takes on the Negroni. You'll learn to make a classic Negroni, a Boulevardier (a whiskey Negroni), and a Quitapenas (a mezcal Negroni). Once the demonstration is over, the drinks will be available at the Yost's bar.

One dollar for each Negroni sold will go to Inspire Artistic Minds, a local 501(c)3 organization that funds continuing education for people in the visual or culinary arts.

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This Weekend: Orange County Beer Fest

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Photo by Christopher Victorio
Not this beer fest, but the Brew Ha Ha.
This isn't the only beer fest around these parts, because, well, why would anyone want just one beer fest; but it is the one that's happening this weekend.

This is the sixth year for the Orange County Beer Fest and it will be held this Saturday, June 7th, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim.

The event will feature dozens of international and domestic beers. Here's a sampling: Abita, Prohibition, Anderson Valley, Grand Teton, Dale Brothers, Beechwood, Figueroa Mountain, Phantom Ales, Rough Draft, Beach City Brewery, Heretic, Valiant, Dudes Brewing, Ninkasi, Bayhawk, Evans, Ace Ciders, Red Hook, Widmer, Kona, Bootleggers, Drakes, Goose Island, Shock Top, Triple Voo Doo, Left Coast, Oggis, Golden Road, Ballast Point, Julian Hard Cider, Cosmic Brewery.

A few luxe loncheras will be there to sell food and there will be live entertainment as well.

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Tustin Chili Cook-Off This Sunday

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Hopefully there's a vendor selling Beano

If you've recovered from the holiday weekend and know what day of the week it is, you're ready to get out and do something. This Sunday's 30th annual event in Old Town Tustin is a good example of food merriment, as they incorporate both street fair and competitive cooking in one afternoon.

Held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the streets of Old Town, they give a number of reasons to stay and stroll. For starters, there's a watermelon eating contest and wine tasting booths for your drinking pleasure. Admission is free and includes random viewing opportunities for chili pepper eating and beer stein holding contests.


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Garden Grove's Strawberry Festival Starts Tomorrow!

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Dave Lieberman
Job's Daughters
It's that festival time of year. And this weekend Garden Grove is hosting one of the big ones: The Garden Grove Strawberry Festival starts Friday at 1 p.m. and continues through the weekend. There will be a parade, strawberry-related food, carnival rides, entertainment, and appearances from celebrities like Aubrey Anderson-Emmons who plays Lily in Modern Family.

And if you want to get a piece of the giant strawberry shortcake--the centerpiece of the festival's opening ceremonies--it will be sliced up and given away (again, free) on May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Showmobile at Main and Acacia streets to all who come.

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Lobsterfest in Tustin This Saturday

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Lobsters!
Got $75? Have a hankering for shellfish that can't be quenched with just one lobster? The Tustin Santa Ana Rotary Club is holding an all-you-can-eat Lobsterfest tomorrow (Saturday, May 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) at Tustin's Peppertree Park.

With that admission fee, you get all the lobster you can crack, dip in butter, and stuff down your gullet, as well as unlimited tri-tip, rolls, salad, side dishes, desserts, coffee and water. Also included in the price is a "ball drop" ticket for the chance to win $1000.

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