Enroll in a Wine or Food Class
A great place to relax, enjoy the ambiance, learn about award-winning wines, spirits, olive oil, cheese, ice cream and beer, the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Marketplace, presented by Ralphs, is for the gourmand in us all. Taste the winning wines, spirits and olive oils from the Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits and Extra Virgin Olive Oil competitions held earlier in the year, or sit in on a wine or food class taught by some of the best experts and chefs in the state. Thereís also shopping and light, fine dining.
Classes and seminars in wine, spirits and olive oil are offered through the Fairís Wine Education program. Sign up for one of the many wine education classes, such as Hot Nights - Cool Crisp Whites, California Zin & BBQ, Yo Ho Ho! - The Lowdown on Rum and The Vine & The Tree (Wine & Extra Virgin Olive Oils of Italy's Regions). Each wine class features a minimum of six wines and each participant will receive a tasting ticket for a Gold Medal Winner at the International Tasting Bar. The cost to participate is $17 per class, $8 for extra virgin olive oil. Food demonstrations, conducted by top area chefs, are free. Classes are extremely popular and fill up quickly. A complete list of all classes is available at www.lacountyfair.com.
Nearly 4,000 wines, 120 spirits and more than 500 olive oils were entered into the prestigious competitions. Now itís your turn to choose your favorite. Stop by for a sample.
Guests can also enjoy beer sampling at the Beer Tavern serving winning brews from the Fairís commercial beer competition. Enjoy your brewski with some pretzels and watch sports on the big screen.
The Crushed Grape offers everything from award-winning wines, olive oils and cheeses to the finest in gourmet kitchen, wine and olive oil accessories. The L.A. County Fair runs Sept. 5 Ė 28, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred racing is Sept. 5 Ė 22, closed Tuesdays. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com.