The immense lines at each stand made clear how insanely popular Mexican food and drink are in Los Angeles.
The state of Hidalgo drew throngs with its giveaways of shelf-stable food packs that contained green pozole and encacahuatado, a peanut-based concoction. (They're at the right of the house-like boxes in the photo.)
Later, the stand handed out candies including the popped amaranth bars known as alegrías. No one went away hungry, thanks to generous plates of Hidalgo style lamb barbacoa, tamales, esquites and empanadas filled with potatoes and beans.
Cool breezes circulated through the grounds before the crowd had grown into a cozy mob. Not to worry, Northgate Market (above) handed out scarves with the market logo as well as food including shrimp and fish ceviches.
Restaurants belonging to the Taste of México Association, which sponsored the event, were ready for the throng with plenty to eat.
Chefs Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu had four stands--one for their flagship restaurant La Casita Mexicana, another for the forthcoming Mexicano and another for their planned food stand Flautas. Above is a flauta ahogada filled with pork picadillo.
Flaky buñuelos from La Monarca Bakery (above) are baked, not fried. The bakery also set out roll-sized versions of pan de muerto, the typical bread of the Day of the Dead that is decorated with bones made of dough.
Montejo beer, popular in Yucatán, arrived in Los Angeles this month. Its two stands handed out hundreds of cans as well as providing beer for micheladas, the spicy beer drink made from a mix developed by the Oaxacan restaurant Guelaguetza.
The Taste of México gets bigger each year. What will they do when even more people show up in 2015? Maybe feed them in shifts and count on nearby Olvera Street's restaurants and stands to handle the overflow?