L.A.’s first combined brewery, cider house and beer garden, Benny Boy Brewing, opens its taps in Lincoln Heights on Saturday, March 26. Founded by husband and wife team, Chelsey Rosetter and Ben Farber, the urban brewery features beers by the flight in an indoor/outdoor setting surrounded by the aroma of grains steeping.
Inside the 3,200-square-foot brewery and tank bar, a restored 1920s bow truss ceiling looks over the 55-foot bar topped with reclaimed wood and a wall of tanks with direct taps for serving. A mural of hops by local street artist Shandu One leads to a 1,200-square-foot cider house, where the focal point is a barrel-aging wall and apple tree installation with red globe lights hung from rafter branches. Connecting the two buildings is a landscaped, urban backyard beer and cider garden complete with firepits, cozy seating and pop-up food vendors.
Spring Foodways Summit comes to Long Beach for a weekend of events including tours, panels and parties that celebrate and explore the local food movement in Long Beach. The Long Beach Fresh Spring Foodways Summit runs from Thursday, March 31 through Sunday, April 3, and aims to familiarize residents with the local food system. A series of free and ticketed events includes DelicaSea at the Bixby Knolls Farmers Market, the Long Beach County Fair and Blue Ribbon Urban Agriculture Contest, a Home Cooks and Home Gardens Tour, and closing party at the Night Marklet, a monthly display of Cambodian culture and talent.
Closing out Women’s History Month, prosperitymarketla.com will pop up at Malibu Village on Saturday, March 26. The women-owned and operated Black farmers market features locally grown organic fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, custom floral arrangements, juices and smoothies, garden goods, artisanal candles, natural body products, gluten free and vegan treats, seasonings and sauces.
The mobile farmers market highlighting Black farmers, food producers, chefs and makers, created in 2021 by Carmen Dianne and Kara Still, provides a platform for marginalized Black farmers and food producers, creating jobs throughout the supply chain, to an age-old problem. Prosperity Market is a win for everyone!
The free Cherry Blossom Festival is back in Torrance on Sunday, April 3, at Columbia Park, featuring multicultural performances and activities like origami and face painting. The Torrance Craftsman’s Guild invites artists and crafters to display and sell their work and there is a wide range of food trucks including Okomoto Kitchen and food booth options like Del’s Fish Tacos and Island Treats.