Taste of Huntington Beach This Sunday

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Ritter's Steam Kettle Cooking is participating.
The 2015 Taste of Huntington Beach is happening this Sunday, April 26, 2015 from noon to 4 p.m. at the HB Sports Complex (18100 Goldenwest St. in Huntington Beach). You can buy your tickets online at http://www.tastehb.com/ or at the Longboard (downtown location) and the HB Public Library's Children's Desk.

The general admission price of $65 includes unlimited tastes of food from more than 40 restaurants, sips of wine from California boutique wineries, and samples of beer from the breweries in attendance. There will be live music as well.


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UC Irvine's Wayzgoose Festival Tomorrow

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I'm twice a UC Irvine alum. And in my years there, I never quite figured out (or bothered) to find out why UCI's annual festival and open house is called "Wayzgoose". What I know is that it's the time when parking around campus is free and in the middle where the park is, they set up booths and there's a lot of food.

This year's festival is special. It marks the 50th anniversary of the university. There will be all sorts of activities including a car show and cultural music and dance by the various student clubs.

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This Weekend: Hanamatsuri Bazaar in Anaheim

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​This weekend the Orange County Buddhist Church in Anaheim will host its annual Hanamatsuri flower festival--a celebration of the birth of Buddha, with music and of course, food. And like I wrote before, the parking situation might test your patience, but the rest of the afternoon will put you at peace.

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Boysenberry Festival Kicks Off At Knott's Berry Farm Saturday!

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Anne Marie Panoringan
Please sir, may we have another?

Knott's Berry Farm's Ghost Town will be anything but deserted this weekend, as the Boysenberry Festival parties hard from March 28 through April 12. We already told you about one of the tastiest treats in the park last month with our boysenberry latte review. Now we're back with a rundown of some of their other specialties, plus bonus news on their competitive eating competition.

The blackberry/red raspberry/loganberry blend can be found in everything from savory nibbles to sticky desserts. Our personal fave was a 50/50 mix of boysenberry Belgium beer with ACE berry cider found inside the Calico Saloon. For you candy fans, a bag of their purple gummies are excellent for post-festival consumption. But we've barely scratched the surface on options.

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Takoyaki Vendor and Others Coming To Costa Mesa's Mitsuwa For Week-Long "Customer Appreciation Event"

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No, it won't look anything like this.
The Mitsuwa food fair you've been waiting for...doesn't happen until September. But if you simply can't wait for the Japanese market's massive Hokkaido Fair, there are mini demonstration sales like the one starting this weekend where just a handful of vendors come to sell their wares.

Mitsuwa is calling this one a "Customer Appreciation" event, which is so small scale I got none of the usual reminders from Mitsuwa's PR people.


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Love Pho? Enter This Year's UVSA Tet Festival Pho Eating Contest

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Enter!

How much do all of you love pho? It's a lot, isn't it? Do you think you love it more than anyone else?

Well, if you do, I have the perfect competition for you. Starting Feb. 20 to Feb. 22, the Union of Vietnamese Student Associations of Southern California will be hosting a series of speed pho-eat competitions during their annual Tet Festival. Check after the jump for additional details.

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TK North Factory, Obanyaki Vendor, at Costa Mesa Mitsuwa For This Weekend

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Flickr User Varin Tsai
Hot hockey pucks!

Do you know what an obanyaki is? It's a Japanese waffle-like filled pastry that goes by many names including oyaki, imagawayaki and "sweet pumpkin." The latter is what TK North Factory has apparently decided to call them, even though most of the ones they're going to be making contain red bean, custard and caramel, and not actual pumpkin, sweet or otherwise.


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OC Night Market Returns This Weekend!

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It's baaaaaaack!

It will be barely over five months since OC Night Market backed up the 55 freeway (like it was fair season) when they allow the masses back to the fairgrounds for another round of Asian-inspired entertainment this Friday. We can complain about the lines all we want, but the fact that they bring the fun to us instead of having to trek to another area code makes all the difference.

The fun begins each afternoon at 4 p.m, where you can expect to pay $7 for parking and another $5 per person for admission. Between the 200-ish merchandisers, performers and food vendors, expect to find something for almost everyone-- or do as we did and message friends already there to compare notes on what's worth standing in line for.

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First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Starts Today

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As Anne Marie hinted in a previous post, the first annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival officially starts today, culminating tomorrow with cooking demos by Richard Blais, winner of "Top Chef All-Stars", Rick Moonen, "Top Chef Masters" Finalist and Executive Chef of RM Seafood, and a whole bunch of other big names that continues onto Sunday.

Saturday and Sunday's events will be held at Newport Beach Civic Center from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be tastings from local restaurants like Tamarind of London, Selanne Steak Tavern and others, not all of them Newport Beach spots.

Tickets aren't cheap. A one-day-all-access pass for tomorrow's events alone is $195 per person.

Check out the schedule and more info at https://newportwineandfood.com/

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Bingo for Charity! 320 Main Fifth Anniversary and Bike MS Fundraiser Monday, Sept. 15

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Come give us money to fight multiple sclerosis!
What are you doing Monday night?

320 Main in Seal Beach is celebrating its fifth anniversary of being rescued from a dank shot-and-beer hole in the wall, and owners Jason and Rebecca Schiffer are celebrating with $5 appetizers and $5 cocktails.

Matt "Rumdood" Robold and I are riding our bicycles from Irvine to San Diego in October to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the anniversary party is also a fundraiser. Come and play bingo for $5 and win prizes; all the money raised from bingo will go to the NMSS.

Of course, if you'd like to just give us money, you can do that too--online, even (Here's my page and here's Rumdood's).

All proceeds from the bingo game will go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Pacific South Coast Chapter.

The party is from 7-11 p.m. on Monday, September 15 at 320 Main St. in Seal Beach.

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