The Southern California summertime food festival circuit is just now kicking into high gear. Tacolandia has been sold out for basically two months and is still weeks away, and Taste of the Nation in Culver City follows just a day behind.
One of the more indulgent upcoming events (minus the always-outrageous LA Street Food Fest on Saturday, July 11) is sure to be LA Weekly’s Burgers & Beer. It’s a combination that has worked for countless sports bars and gastropubs for decades, and now the city’s alternative print weekly is hosting a whole day dedicated to the pairing on August 8 at the LA Coliseum.
The simple festival format allows for ticket holders to try to eat as much as they can from three dozen burger purveyors and drink from an equal or greater number of breweries (minus all that time in line, of course). VIPers who spring for the early access will get an extra hour to push meat, bread, and beer into their faces.
As for the restaurants that will actually be on site, there are lots of big names. Belcampo will be there, as will Barrel & Ashes, the recently returned-to-glory Cassell’s, and even Grill ‘Em All. Old-school options like Hawkin’s House of Burgers, Pie ’N Burger and Pink’s will be there as well, plus more esoteric listings like El Cristalazo.
On the beer front, the list is still being populated, but already includes great names like Sudwerk out of Davis and Mexico’s own Cabotella, with locals like Angel City and Kinetic thrown in for good measure.
Advance tickets are currently on sale for the August 8 Burgers & Beer event, which runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the LA Coliseum.