Hello Foodies! Travel and Food go together nicely! In fact, some of my favorite meals have been experienced while I traveled. There is no better way to experience the culture of a city than by experiencing their cuisine.
Many of my blog posts have come from my gastromic adventures across the United States and abroad. For example with Mardi Gras around the corner, many of you might benefit from my series on Gastromic New Orleans Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Others might remember my six part series on the gastromic tour of The Big Island Hawaii Part 1, Part 2, Part3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6. I have found my gastromic travel inspirations bucket-list as a result of my experiences at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show. See my review of the event from last year. This year I would really like to experience the food and people of Croatia and Turkey, so I will be looking for exhibitors who can provide me ideas and information.
Free Tickets to the Los Angeles Travel Show
I am giving away Four Sets of Tickets to my readers! Free. The folks who put on this show have realized that my readers are a savvy crowd that love food and travel. Lucky you. The contest has extremely good odds of winning since they gave me 8 tickets to give away.
How? Like Tom’s Foodie Blog Facebook Page (click here) and leave a comment on this blog post or on my facebook page that you want tickets. (p.s. I simplified this contest after complaints that folks had a hard time using the share button. )
When? I will be Winner be announced? I will be picking a winner every day starting Monday(January 7th,2013) and going until Thursday(January 10th, 2013). (01/11/2013) ALL TICKETS HAVE BEEN GIVEN AWAY
Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show Foodie Centric Events
1) Culinary Stage – There will be cooking demonstrations and discussions from local and international Chefs covering everything from making sushi in the Japanese tradition , Lobster Risotto and a spotlight on Indonesian Cuisine. click here for info about the Chefs and presenters –> http://adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=7bc740bc-c332-4d8a-8642-8eaad0f7ba9c
2) VIP Food and Wine Experience – Saturday 3:45-5:00 Extra Cost of $15 in advance and $20 at the Door Click here for more info–> http://adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=b04e0dcd-bd01-49e9-ac3f-978947fded37
3)Regional Exhibitors and Travel Companies with Emphasis on Culinary Travel – Plan your next Gastromic vacation by visiting the vendor booths who represent locations from the U.S. to International. Last year I planned my trips to the Big Island and New Orleans based on my positive conversations with their representatives. Click here for a list of exhibitors–> http://adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=9058ec44-45d0-4794-8f86-3daeaecf97fd
My Tips to maximize your L.A. Travel and Adventure show experience
www.TomsFoodieBlog.com ‘s tips for an enjoyable and productive trip to the L.A. Travel and Adventure Show. First decide what type of experience you want to have at the L.A. Travel and Adventure Show: a)Regimented Travelers /Planners b) Foodies c) Laissez-Faire- “doing what you want without structure” crowd
- For Foodies –The L.A. Travel and Adventure Show is for Foodie Too!
- Plan your schedule around the Food Demonstrations, Speakers and Panels. See the attached agenda http://adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=7bc740bc-c332-4d8a-8642-8eaad0f7ba9c
- Make a foodie destination bucket list and find the exhibitors that match your needs. For example, last year I really wanted to experience the food of Louisiana; so I structured by activities around New Orleans and surrounding Parishes exhibit booths.
- Create a schedule for yourself and make a “must visit” list of Exhibitors that match your interests.
- Follow the same advice that I listed for the structured travelers
- For the regimented travelers and planners
- Make a prioritized list of must visit booths – there is no way you will be able to attend all 350 exhibitor booths in one full day. Make a list of your Top 20 must attend exhibitor booths and then group them by region of the conference hall and visit the exhibitors in the same area.
- Plan your schedule around which speaker sessions you wish to attend. See attached schedule http://adventureexpo.com/Default.aspx?id=cddfb8fe-9d58-4a53-a854-c193d36121d6
- Visit the booths near the speaker so that you are close enough to walk over and still maximize your time. There are several speaker/demonstration stages. Visit your top 20 list near the speaker’s stage.
- Seats tend to fill up around 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. If you want a really good seat, show up 30 minutes prior. Use this time to rest and plan the rest of your day
- If you want autographs/pictures after the speaking session, be sure to briskly move yourself to the autograph area right after the session. They only sign autographs for a limited time period
- Utilize your smart phone to keep yourself structured
- Create calendar entries for the speaker sessions on your smart phone with a “vibrate” alarm. You will not be able to hear a ring from your pocket or purse.
- Set the Alarm to go off Prior to the event. Ie.15-30 early to allow travel time to get a seat
- Download a map of the conference hall onto your phone or take a picture of the map on your phone. There is nothing worse than looking for the Travel Show Program in a bag full of brochures and publications.
- If you think that you will want to try activities such as zip-lining or scuba demo, plan on doing these early! By 12:00 there are lines for these activities and you don’t want to waste your day in line.
Event Information that you will find useful (Copied Directly from their website)
PARKING is $10 per car per entry to any of the Center’s lots. (not included as part of my contest)
Long Beach Convention Center
300 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90802
Public Expo Daily Admission Fee:
Adults: $9 Online or $12 at the Show Box Office
Children under 16*: Free
* All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. To attend the public conference sessions you must be registered for the expo with valid admission. No exceptions.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Public Show Hours:
Saturday, January 12: 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, January 13: 10:00am-5:00pm
Travel Trade Hours:
Saturday, January 12: 9:30am-5:00pm (note: expo hall open 30 minutes prior to general public hours)
Sunday, January 13: 10:00am-5:00pm
Contact 203-878-2577 x100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
Take the San Diego Freeway (405) south to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot, or as advised by directional signage.
FROM LONG BEACH AIRPORT:
Take Lakewood Boulevard south to the San Diego Freeway (405). Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot, or as advised by directional signage.
FROM THE JOHN WAYNE (ORANGE COUNTY) AIRPORT:
Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.
FROM SOUTHERN ORANGE COUNTY:
Take the Santa Ana Freeway (5) north to the San Diego Freeway (405). Take the San Diego Freeway (405) north to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.
FROM NORTH ORANGE COUNTY AND THE VALLEYS:
San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys take the Orange Freeway (57) or San Gabriel Freeway (605) to the Riverside Freeway (91) to the Long Beach Freeway (710). Go south on the Long Beach Freeway to the Downtown Exits. (710 then becomes Shoreline Drive). Follow Shoreline Drive to Linden Avenue and into the parking lot or as advised by directional signage.