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Taste of the World Festival Postponed At Last Minute

By Jenni Simcoe
Published: Thursday, November 04, 2010, at 09:08PM
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This weekend's Taste of the World Festival at Los Angeles Center Studios was postponed.

This weekend’s Taste of the World Festival that was to run Friday through Sunday at Los Angeles Center Studios was postponed early Thursday morning. The organizers point to the venue as the cause of the sudden postponement.

“They asked us for a significant amount of money that had never been discussed for security and everything including the kitchen sink,” said Gentry Stanley, director of development for the festival. Stanley says Los Angeles Center Studios never gave the festival a contract after repeated requests for one.

In a call to Los Angeles Center Studios, the events manager was unavailable but another source within the company gave a different version of events in that the festival never provided the proof of insurance necessary for such an event.

“That’s completely untrue,” said Stanley. “We’ve been looking for a contract from them since July,” he said. “They held us hostage if you will with these last-minute unknown charges before we can do a load in. We can’t afford that. It’s our first year.”

The festival organizers promise that the event will happen as soon as another suitable venue is secured. “We were looking at parking lots early this morning,” said Stanley. “But in reality we knew it would be impossible to get all of the permits necessary reissued.”

“The health department has been gracious. They are going to let the vendors keep it on file for the event,” said Stanley.

What’s next for the festival remains to be seen, but for now, organizers have the Herculean task of notifying not only the 10,000 attendees who had purchased advance tickets, but also of telling the out of town judges and vendors who had traveled to town for the festival.

Stanley said most tickets were purchased through third-party ticket sites so attendees should have no problem receiving a refund. “We are sending out an email to everyone who purchased directly through the site to give them instructions.” Anyone with questions is encouraged to email


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