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Smorgasburg's Massive Food Bonanza Comes to Downtown LA

Brooklyn's weekly food festival commences June 19 in LA's Wholesale District.

Smorgasburg DTLA at the Row Project
Smorgasburg DTLA at the Row Project
Matthew Kang is the Lead Editor of Eater LA. He has covered dining, restaurants, food culture, and nightlife in Los Angeles since 2008. He's the host of K-Town, a YouTube series covering Korean food in America, and has been featured in Netflix's Street Food show.

Smorgasburg, the weekly Sunday specialty food and shopping festival in Brooklyn, is finding a new home in Downtown Los Angeles starting June 19, 2016. With over 100 vendor slots spread across five acres (they're taking applications now), the event boasts plenty of food (including the likes of Ramen Burger in Brooklyn), antiques, crafts, clothing, and children's activities.

It's not unlike the Melrose Trading Post or Rose Bowl Flea Market, though those tend to be better opportunities for those wanting a good deal on an antiques or trinkets. Smorgasburg has a heavier focus on specialty foods, budding brands, and Instagram-worthy items.

Smorgasburg will take over the gigantic Alameda Produce Market, which has been around for 100 years and perhaps helps feed about 1% of Americans (quite the number there). The Smorgasburg LA project is part of the larger ROW development from Runyon Group, which is developing a large swath of the Warehouse District in Downtown. Think 15 restaurants, thousands of square feet of office space, and plenty of retail in the coming years.

Smogasburg started in 2011 as an offshoot of Brooklyn Flea by Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby.