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Ramen Festival Coming to Torrance

12 Ramen restaurants including Jidaiya, Hayatemaru, Tsujita, Ikemen, and Daikokuya will be there, Kitakata Ramen from Japan, and Gomaichi from Hawaii. Each bowl of ramen is $8, entrance to the festival is free. September 14-15th 10am-8pm
Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3341 Civic Center Dr Torrance, CA

 
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  1. I'll be away on vacation that weekend. Sorry to miss it..

    1. TonyC's article on Eater: http://la.eater.com/archives/2013/08/...

      I will definitely be checking it out!

      1. Thanks for posting this - I'm going!

          1. looking at the list of attendees, while i think it'll be cool for someone not familiar and wanting to check it out... for "new experiences" that we can't get here, isn't there only a couple that are different from what we can normally get around the city anyways?

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            1. re: chowseeker1999

              I have heard the local places will be making specials that are not on their regular menus. We'll see.

              1. re: wienermobile

                ah i see. yah i just saw the other link. although it also said that portions will be 1/2 to 1/3(!) of the normal ramen size (which is good for tasting), but selling at $8 per bowl now sounds a bit exorbitant. i look forward to people's report back on it.

                1. re: chowseeker1999

                  Agreed.
                  $8.00 for 1/2 or otherwise smaller portions is way exorbitant.
                  This pricing will favor out-of-town venders.
                  To encourage business for all, all venders should serve regular portions at the regular price.
                  Then it will be perfect for group of 4 or more to participate in sharing/tasting venture and create more business for all vendors and a better experience for ramen eater/tasters.
                  Besides competitive eaters, not many regular folks can down more than 3-4 bowls of half-sized ramen in a day? There are twelves options to choose from!
                  Alternatively, smaller tasting portions from each venders for $2-4 each would be more user friendly.

                  1. re: FallingLeaves

                    hard to say what a fair price is, since we have no idea of what their fixed costs are, especially for the out of town vendors. besides travel expenses, time and some degree of lost income, they have to cook and i doubt that the venue has that equipment on site; that will have to be rented. whatever foodstuffs they have to purchase here in LA may cost more, then there's transportation expenses for what they might bring with them.

                    if one chooses to sample only the local vendors, then it may seem pricey, but one is also paying for the convenience(? - fighting who knows how many other patrons) of having all the vendors in one location, saving one's self a lot of travel time, etc.

                    people know the price point in advance, and they can vote with their feet.

                    1. re: FallingLeaves

                      "Then it will be perfect for group of 4 or more to participate in sharing/tasting venture and create more business for all vendors and a better experience for ramen eater/tasters.
                      Besides competitive eaters, not many regular folks can down more than 3-4 bowls of half-sized ramen in a day? There are twelves options to choose from!"

                      not many people can bring 3 friends to participate in ramen tastings.

                      1. re: ns1

                        really? i've put together a small group of people who do lunch every friday in the SGV. not everyone shows up every week, but for something like the ramen festival in torrance, i can put together a foursome pretty easily. we had a foursome for the mitsuwa event in torrance earlier this year. it's just a matter of cultivating friends who share the same culinary interests.

                        1. re: barryc

                          You and how many other groups of 4?

                          Now compare that number to groups of 2.

                      2. re: FallingLeaves

                        The event runs all day. Perhaps one can loiter about in between bowls? I, myself, can easily down 4 or 5 1/2 bowls at 1 sitting.... :-P