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2023 - Japanese Food Expo in LA 2023 (Experience Authentic Japanese Culture and Cuisine, Drinks, Taiko, Live Tuna Cutting, Workshops) Hilton UniversalNEW

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2023 - Japanese Food Expo in LA 2023 (Experience Authentic Japanese Culture and Cuisine, Drinks, Taiko, Live Tuna Cutting, Workshops) Hilton Universal
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Date: Saturday, 28 October, 2023       Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 506-2500
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Map of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Drive

Japanese Food Expo 2023 is back on October 28th!  In 2023, we will be hosting the Japanese Food Expo at Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City! Due to overwhelming support from our fans, we will be showcasing our favorite Japanese foods, drinks, and workshops. Spend a special day experiencing the joy and excitement with your friends and family. We will be welcoming selected representatives from various prefectures, who will share Japanese gourmet dishes made with traditional techniques and artistry. Additionally, in response to everyone's requests, beloved Japanese food brands will gather. Dive into the delectable dishes and beverages they offer. At the Japanese Food Expo 2023, immerse yourself in Japanese cuisine, beer, sake, and various workshops! See you all there!

Food Expo Date
Oct 28, 2023, Saturday

Refund Policy
No Refunds

Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City, 555 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA 91608

Date & Time
This year there are three time frames to choose from. The food, drinks and cultural experiences will be exactly the same for both time slots. Please note that there is a 1 hour break between the 1st and 2nd time slot; this gives our vendors a quick break and replenish for our 2nd time slot guests.

(1 ticket = 1 time slot entry)
Sat. October 28th 2023
11AM - PM (Invitation only, not opened to the public)

Slot#1: 1:00pm ~ 4:00pm
Slot#2: 6:00pm~9:00pm

How to Get Tickets
**Admission covers food, beverages and workshops.**


Ticket Pricing
・General Admission Adults (Age:21+):$60
・General Admission Adults +ALCOHOL (Age:21+):$70
・General Admission for Age 11-20:$50
・General Admission for Age 6-10:$30
・Children 5 years old and below:FREE
**Children will need a legal guardian to enter this event**
**Must be 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.**
You can only participate in the time slot you have selected.
You must be a registered ticket holder to attend.
** Purchase your preferred time slot before they sell out!**

With extra $10 people of Age 21+ will be able to enjoy tasting different types of sake & beer!
Beer and Sake: More details will be coming soon!


Live Blue Fin Tuna Cutting
Experience a live cutting of a bluefin tuna with Chef Andy Matsuda! This is an incredible show that is hard to see unless you're in Japan. Chef Andy Matsuda is a master of cutting the famous bluefin tuna and every time we hold this event, he gives an amazing show that is hard to forget. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to see this live!

Onigiri and Omusubi Sandwich Class
Ever tried an 'Onigiri' or a 'Omusubi Sandwich'? If not, now's your chance! Join us at our special corner where you can immerse yourself in the art of making these traditional Japanese rice balls, known as Onigiri, and the delightful Omusubi Sandwiches. Not only will you learn how they're crafted, but you'll also get a taste of their deliciousness. Perfect for both newcomers and those familiar with Japanese cuisine. Come and savor a bite of Japan's comfort food!

Taiko Performance
Taiko drums, a staple in traditional Japanese festivals and ceremonies, are known for their deep, resonant sound that truly stirs the soul. Feel the energy and passion of the performers up close, as they deliver a dynamic display of rhythm and precision. Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the captivating allure of traditional Japanese music and dance. Be there and be moved!

What can I bring into the event?

Bring your friends and family! Everyone is welcome! Photography is encouraged, so bring your fancy DSLR/mirrorless cameras and your cellphones! If you can help us out, tag us on social media with #japanesefoodexpo2023

What's the refund policy?
Tickets are fully refundable up to 24 hours before the event with an additional fee ($10). Please note the initial Eventbrite fees are non-refundable for all tickets.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Admission requires verification of your confirmation code/barcode which will be emailed to you upon purchase. You can bring your phone/device showing this code, or bring a printout, whichever you prefer. If you are buying tickets for multiple people, please keep in mind each of them will need to check in.

Please see Parking for Hilton Los Angeles / Universal City or near the venue.

Is this an all you can eat event?
This is technically not an all you can eat event because people tend to pick up as much food as possible and throw away uneaten food. Therefore, in order to minimize food waste, you can eat as much as you want but there is a limit of 1 serving per person every time you line up for a food item.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For ticket related inquiries, the Ticketing Office can be reached at: [email protected]. For the organizer, Japan Food Culture Association, please find their website here.

Guide Pet/Personal Pets
All ADA Service Pets will be allowed on the premises. However, any other pets will not be allowed.

When you enter the Japanese Food Expo in Los Angeles (“JFE LA”) event or program, you are entering an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By entering the event premises, you give your consent to be interviewed, photographed, and recorded for audio and video. This material and its release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction may be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by JFE LA and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos, and/or videos may be used to promote similar JFE LA events in the future, highlight the current event, and showcase the capabilities of JFE LA.

You release JFE LA, its officers, employees, and all associated persons from any liability connected with the capturing, recording, digitizing, or publication of interviews, photographs, computer images, video, and/or audio recordings. By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment of royalties in connection with any exhibition, streaming, webcasting, televising, or other publications of these materials. This holds true irrespective of whether an admission or sponsorship fee is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by JFE LA or the person or entity designated by JFE LA. By entering, you confirm that you have been fully informed of your consent, your waiver of liability, and release before participating in the event.

Japanese Food Culture Association (JFCA), Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)

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Saturday, 28 October, 2023

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