by Kevin Fenix
ARCADIA, Calif. – March 29, 2013 – The Largest Ramen Show in the U.S. is back in Los Angeles for its second year, featuring 14 of the world’s most famous Ramen chefs and their signature dishes. After the huge success of last year’s Ramen Yokocho Fest in Torrance, CA they moved it to a larger area, the center of Santa Anita’s Horse Racing Track. The gates open at 11am and all Ramen are $8/bowl.
The Ramen Yokocho Fest features the biggest selection of award winning and crowd pleasing Ramen bowls from all over the state, one from Las Vegas, and even some from Japan. The Ramen Yokocho Fest is not just about Ramen, it is also a Japanese culture festival featuring many other Japanese cultural staples.
The festival is divided into two main sections, and the Kirin Ichiban Beer Garden. On one side are the Ramen shops and on the other side are numerous other vendors showcasing different cuisines, goods, and a stage area for cultural performers. Aside from Ramen, there was a nice variety of other Japanese foods including beverages, onigiri, and surimi. Also featured is a booth dedicated to showcasing the cultural significance of tea and Japanese festival games.
The Ramen Yokocho Fest is the place to be to get truly authentic and delicious Ramen and also learn about the amazing processes that go in to making them. It is also a great place to experience some Japanese culture hands on, play some carnival games, and enjoy the sunny Southern California weather with some good food and maybe a drink.
Ramen Yokocho Fest is a fast growing sensation that not only seems to get bigger ever year, it gets bigger every hour. Lines form fast and some even stretch all the way back to the entrance. Go early to try to beat the lines, go with friends to divide and conquer, and go enjoy some of the best ramen available in the world. Itadakimasu!