Pre-sale tickets are available for the inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival.
The event — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at White Park in Riverside — features salsa tasting and competition, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, including host Jordin Sparks, Baby Bash and A Lighter Shade of Brown.
If you’re interested in going, though, you might want to purchase your tickets this weekend.
You see, general admission tickets are available on the event’s website for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee). The site is also offering early bird discount tickets (through May 1) for just $8 (plus $1.43), a decent bargain. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.
Fun Belly Food Tours has recently begun walking food tours of Claremont.
Public tours ($69) take place at 2 p.m. Saturdays and last three hours.
Each tour includes tasting stops at at least six eateries along the route. Private tours are also available for groups of six or more.
Fun Belly also offers tours of Eagle Rock and Old Town Pasadena.
For more information, visit the Fun Belly website. (Tip: Be sure to check Fun Belly’s Facebook page for discount codes.)
What’s for dinner tonight (April 1)?
Head to Loma Linda and you could sample more than 30 dishes from around the globe at Loma Linda University Health’s International Food Festival.
The cost for all this global deliciousness? A mere $5.
Tomorrow (March 19) is the return of the popular downtown San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest, and this month’s lineup features some new trucks.
Joining for the first time are the Lobos Truck, Belly BombZ and San Bernardino-based Brätworks.
Returning are Crepes Bonaparte, the Grilled Cheese Truck, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels, and Street Foods Co.
Attendees will receive a free sbX ride voucher with a meal purchase from any of the trucks.
Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.
The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.
The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.
Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.
Click here for more information and contest forms.
We’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.
The new restaurant is expected to open in May.
We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.
And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.
Read Ryan’s article here.
Fontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill, 16953 Sierra Lakes Parkway, just went upscale with the addition of Tio’s Grille & Cantina next door.
The new place — which had its grand opening on Saturday — looks amazing!
It’s truly a family affair, as the owners’ niece, who operates designstiles, created the look.
You can check out the pics (from Sabra Lattos Photography) here.
Reservations are now being taken for the latest Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event.
Allen Borgen and crew will host diners at Domenico’s Italian Kitchen, 890 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. The event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8.
Participants will sample 14 different dishes, including four different pizzas. Cost is $42 per person, which includes tax, tip and a non-alcoholic beverage.
For more information, including a full menu, click here. To make a reservation, click here.
Temecula’s Pechanga Resort and Casino has a pair of delectable events this weekend that are sure to delight any food lover.
The resort’s annual Chocolate Decadence is set for 7 to 10 p.m. Friday (February 27).
The event features both sweet and savory chocolate treats, along with more than 30 wineries featuring over 100 champagnes, sparkling and dessert wines specially selected for pairing.
Attendees will also be able to sample desserts and other confections created by Pechanga’s pastry chefs.
It sure seems like it’s been longer than a month, but downtown San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest is tomorrow (February 19).
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the city hall parking lot on Court Street between D and E streets.
All the usual suspects are scheduled to serve: Bacon MANia, Crepes Bonaparte, the Greasy Wiener, the Grilled Cheese Truck, the Mocha-Lotive Express, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels, and Street Foods Co.
Ride the sbX to the event and receive a $5 voucher to spend at any of the food trucks.
For updates and more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.