[raw]Recently, Los Angeles County residents walked, ran, biked, road, drove and flew into the Hawthorne Municipal Airport for the Taste of Hawthorne Food and Music Festival.
On one stage, local vendors set up booths to offer samples of their favorite dishes and celebrate the Southland’s flavorful food from around the world. Tasters chose from Indian curries, Italian pastas, Middle Eastern kebabs, Southern barbeque, Spanish paella, Thai tea, Japanese sushi, Ethiopian injera and Mexican cuisines while dancing to the tunes of the Latin-jazz-funk-rock band Ozomatli.
Another stage hosted culinary workshops and cooking demonstrations. The festival featured familiar faces such as Food Network star Chris Cognac the Food Detective & Travel Chanel personalities Al Mancini & John Curtis from the show “All Forked Up.” The family-friendly festival also hosted a community talent show and face painting.
“Hawthorne is a hub of culture and commerce,” said Los Angeles County Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas. “And this is a wonderful way to experience the best of what the city has to offer.”
Local leaders, businesses, and elected officials saw the event as not just an opportunity to showcase culinary options in Hawthorn, but as a way to boost the local economy. At a recent volunteer training City of Hawthorne Councilperson Olivia Valentine said, “The Taste of Hawthorne is a fun food festival that will nourish the spirit and the economy of Hawthorne.”[/raw]
“In Southern California, food festivals and farmers markets kick-start economic activity, showcase local neighborhoods, and attract new consumers,” said Susan Hillyer, architect for the Taste of Hawthorne. “This event has the potential to further connect Hawthorne commercial activities to the surrounding neighborhoods and we’re excited to see the Economic Development Council of Hawthorne’s commitment to creative events to showcase their city, the city of Hawthorne.”
For more information, visit www.TASTEofHawthorne.com