PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Announces 1st Annual Los Feliz Art & Food Festival

Los Angeles – This October 26th, the Los Feliz Art & Food Festival, presented by District 4 Councilman David Ryu, will activate the neighborhood and surrounding communities by inviting families, friends and neighbors to celebrate the best of the community with chef demos, expert speaker panels, food trucks, live performances and more. This free festival will take place from 12pm – 5pm at 1800-1856 N. Vermont Ave., between Franklin Ave. and Melbourne Ave.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

September 19, 2019

Contact:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Announces

1st Annual Los Feliz Art & Food Festival

 

Los Angeles – This October 26th, the Los Feliz Art & Food Festival, presented by District 4 Councilman David Ryu, will activate the neighborhood and surrounding communities by inviting families, friends and neighbors to celebrate the best of the community with chef demos, expert speaker panels, food trucks, live performances and more. This free festival will take place from 12pm – 5pm at 1800-1856 N. Vermont Ave., between Franklin Ave. and Melbourne Ave.

"Los Feliz is a unique community of artists, activists, small businesses and neighbors passionate about serving their community," Councilmember Ryu said. "From Walt Disney to Barnsdall to one of America's greatest urban parks, this neighborhood has creativity woven into its DNA. It is certainly a community worth celebrating. With the Los Feliz Art and Food Festival, I hope to strengthen the bonds between us, to champion our local businesses and artists, and to take a moment to celebrate all the people and passion that make Los Feliz."

Working with local businesses and artists/organizations, such as the Los Feliz Neighborhood Council and the Los Feliz Village Business Improvement District, the festival will celebrate the many restaurants, boutiques, bars, book stores and businesses in Los Feliz, considered a true gem where Angelenos from every part of the City come to visit and enjoy the scene.

"With this inaugural Los Feliz Art and Food Festival, the groundwork is in place to bring neighbors into fun conversations through food and art, since food is a great connector and art is a great communicator," said Danielle Brazell, General Manager of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The festival is also part of the Department of Cultural Affairs' citywide public art triennial, CURRENT:LA FOOD, a month long series of exhibitions and events using art as social practice to stimulate connections and conversations about food accessibility and equity throughout LA.

The festival will feature a speaker panel, chef demo and tasting with New Arrival Supper Club, a culinary social impact experience by Los Angeles-based nonprofit Miry’s List, that has offered hundreds of guests the opportunity to bond with and learn from their resettling neighbors over the universal language of food. As LA2050 grant-winners, their initiative Welcome Neighbor is connecting the city’s Neighborhood Councils in a way that promotes volunteerism and civic participation to welcome new arrival refugee families through inspired solutions.

The festival will also partner with The Little Knittery, the beloved community space that birthed The Pussyhat Project, to exhibit an installation of Welcome Blanket. Created by Pussyhat Project co-founder, artist Jayna Zweiman, Welcome Blanket is a crowd-sourced artistic action that reimagines the proposed border wall as individual welcome blankets for new refugees and other immigrants coming to the US. With each Welcome Blanket, makers are invited to share stories important to their families about immigration, migration or relocation.

Los Feliz is a vibrant, close-knit neighborhood nestled between Griffith Park, Silverlake and the Los Angeles River in the 4th District of Los Angeles. The community has a long history of local activism and dedication to the improvement of the neighborhood by residents that care about their community and its future. The Los Feliz Art & Food Festival is an invitation to create through interactive artworks that celebrate our relationships to food and each other.

To learn more about the festival, click here. Vendors, artists, and community partners who would like to participate or volunteer at the Los Feliz Art & Food Festival can email Andrea Miller at andrea@goasif.com.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

Support for this program was provided through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Development Fee Program.


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