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No More Cannabis Edible Consumption at EastSide Food Festival

The festival will offer only CBD-laced food and drink samples in a special section

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Mona Holmes is a reporter for Eater Los Angeles and a regular contributor to KCRW radio. She has covered restaurants, dining, and food culture since 2016. In 2022, the James Beard Foundation nominated her for a Jonathan Gold Local Voice Award.

Since 2014, The EastSide Food Festival has tried to distinguish itself from the very heavy pack of LA food events, with an appreciation for the culture and neighborhoods east of Western Ave. This year, the organizers took things a step further than traditional food and drinks, by offering a special cannabis section for the festival. Until organizers changed plans.

Yesterday, the festival organizers met with the City of Los Angeles about the planned Cannabis Corner, which presented some compliance issues. It appears that the festival jumped the gun on the recreational use law.

The original plans were to provide cannabis-laced foods with no more than five milligrams of THC to those with a California Medical Marijuana Recommendation Card, along with a $15 add-on ticket. The planned event had an entire menu, with a demo station, goodie bag, and sectioned area for enthusiasts.

Two chefs were supposed to the EastSide Food Festival with the goods: Jeff The 420 Chef and Luke Reyes. Labeled the “Julia Child of Weed” by the Daily Beast, the 420 Chef is a private cannabis chef. Reyes runs a Cannabis Pop Up Multi Course Dinner called La Hoja, which means “the herb” in Spanish. Reyes is best known for winning Food Network’s Chopped, opening Butchers and Barbers, and doing pop-up nights and one-off projects. He plans to open 9th Street Ramen this year in Downtown.

UPDATE: The organizers will still have a cannabis cooking demonstration by chef Reyes, on how to care and cook with cannabis, but are still deciding on whether the Cannabis Corner will actually take place.

The EastSide Food Festival takes place on October 22, from 4 pm to 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 cost general entry, VIP tickets cost $95.

UPDATE, October 18, 2017: The EastSide Food Festival confirmed that no actual cannabis will be distributed or consumed at the festival. But there will be a cannabis tasting off site at MOTA, the Silver Lake dispensary situated at the former Circus of Books. All food made at the cannabis food demonstration can only be consumed at MOTA between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. To receive the complimentary samples, festival goers must produce a current medical marijuana doctor’s recommendation, and festival wristband.

- All cannabis tastings will take place a few blocks away at the dispensary MOTA, which include food made at the cannabis infusion demos

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