Most Angelenos have that picnic blanket moment along about late April or early May.
The weather is boldening up and days are getting longer. Then, May Gray hits, and we think "hold on. We wanted to get outdoors, stretch on a blanket, and eat gelato. C'mon, May Gray. Don't hurt our feelings."
But a few local food fests are know no fear. They're going to start summer well before summer actually starts, and they're going to be great. Leading the pack? Taste of the Eastside, which lands at Barnsdall Art Park on the afternoon of Sunday, May 6.
The deal? A bunch of eastsideries -- think Yuca's, Auntie Em's, Silver Lake Wine, and Gingergrass, plus well over dozen or so others -- will be going up the big Hollyhocky hill to make grass loungers happy and full.
A general advance admission is $35, but that ends on May 5. If you show up, at the thing itself, on Sunday afternoon, $45 is what you'll pay. Oh, and fun for grown-ups who like adult beverages: Those prices get you a wine and beer flight, in addition to all of those little bites you'll be biting.
The kid ticket price, by the way, is just north of amazing: five bucks in advance or five bucks there. Taste of the Eastsiders, you're nice, and that's a fact.
And working on that nice theme? Profits from the day help non-profits in the Echo Park-Silver Lake-Eagle Rock-Atwater triangle. Quadrahedron? Yes. We want to call it that.