About Artisanal LA

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Taste, shop, sample and learn while supporting the local economy and local artisanal vendors at our seasonal shows and pop-up shops.Artisanal LA is a pop-up community event with weekend long seasonal shows and shops celebrating the city’s finest local, sustainable and handmade edibles.

Artisanal LA showcases the best artisanal food vendors around the country. Attendees shop a wide array of edible treats from butchers to chocolate makers, and enjoy programming like hands-on workshops, chef-led demos, expert panels and speakers educating guests on various food related topics as well as the opportunity to learn about non-profit organizations changing the local food scene in Los Angeles.

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Attendees have the rare chance to shop from nearly 100 hand-selected food and beverage artisans at our seasonal shows. Meet up-and-coming food and drink vendors who share a passion for healthy, local, and sustainable ingredients. Many of our artisans aren’t yet accessible through retail stores or even through farmers markets. The exciting two-day shopping event makes it easy for you to buy local, support LA’s economy, discover new favorites, get a jump on holiday shopping, and join in community while having a ball. 100% of our vendors’ products are made right here in Southern California with local and sustainable goods. Spend the weekend with the growing number of Angelenos who want to know where their food comes from and how to live a healthy and locally sustainable life!

 
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About the Founder

Artisanal LA is the passion project of Shawna Dawson, a native Angeleno who spent her formative years terrorizing the good people of Mt Washington and Hancock Park. Dawson is a USC grad, marketing and social media maven with more than a decade of experience doing business in more than a dozen countries, from Romania to Japan.

A passionate foodie, locavore and believer in the power of community, she was among the first to join Yelp LA where she was an active contributor for years before taking the reins as Director of Marketing and Community Manager, cultivating a loyal following alongside countless sponsorships, promotions and memorable events.

At the helm of Sauce|LA, Shawna and her team consult clients from restaurants to non-profits on the virtues of grassroots, social and viral media, while dreaming up events like the historic crowd drawing LA Street Food Fest she launched with Unique LA’s Sonja Rasula. Shawna’s been involved in LA’s food scene for years and has forged bonds with numerous food vendors, chefs, and food oriented non-profits. She’s scoured the LA area in search of the city’s top artisans for Artisanal LA and has curated the best of the best to showcase their products for this first time event and she can’t wait to share them with you!

Shawna’s a bacon lovin’ bon vivant who calls Carthay Circle home with her video gaming Welshman and their two cats.