Save the Date: Whisky, Wine & Swine; Whisky Extravaganza, Wine Riot & Cochon 555 May 31-June 2

Whisky Extravaganza (photo from 2018)


The three day weekend of fun at City Market Social House in Downtown Los Angeles kicks off with Whisky Extravaganza on May 31 then Wine Riot takes over on Saturday, June 1 and the weekend concludes on June 2 with Cochon 555.

Whisky Extravaganza is moving to May this year which frankly I prefer. There are so many whisky shows in the fall. Who says whisky should only be sipped on when it’s cold? Let’s drink it year round!

The pour list is still pending but I’m sure it’s all your favorites and some new soon-to-be favorites.

The pour list is out! (edited 5/20/19)

  • Bacardi (Santa Teresa rum)
  • Maker’s Mark
  • Balcones
  • Laphroaig
  • Breckenridge
  • Bowmore
  • Jefferson’s Reserve
  • Knappogue Castle
  • Arran
  • Glencadam
  • Lambay Irish Whiskey
  • Corsair
  • Blade & Bow
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Bulleit
  • Crown Royal
  • Glen Moray
  • Lagavulin
  • The Singleton
  • Talisker
  • Oban
  • Compass Box
  • Greenbrier
  • High West
  • Westland Whiskey
  • Starward
  • Bruichladdich
  • Port Charlotte
  • Sagamore Spirits
  • Garrison Brothers
  • Westward
  • Woodinville
  • Hennessey
  • Jura

I also enjoy the masterclasses. This year there are two. One with Westward whiskey from Portland and the other is hosted by Women Who Whiskey LA with Maker’s Mark.

VIP (connoisseur) tickets are $195 and general admission (drams and bites) is $95. Both levels include souvenir glasses and food. VIP gets you access to the masterclasses.

Note there is a business casual dress code and no denim allowed.

Whisky Extravaganza


Registration opens at 6 p.m. and masterclasses start at 6:30 p.m. The tasting is 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Whisky Extravaganza

  • Friday, May 31

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City Market Social House

1145 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015




I know that’s a glass of cognac but Hennessy will be at Wine Riot leading education on cognac / brandy. I recently attended a similar seminar at Nightclub & Bar Show in Las Vegas and it’s great.

There are two sessions on Saturday, June 1. Choose either the day session (2:30-5 p.m.) or evening (7:30-7 p.m.). General admission is $65 while VIP is $95 which gets you 30 minutes early into the sessions.

Other planned activities include scavenger hunt, wine pronunciation bee, bubbly bar, somm sit down series and more!


Wine Riot

  • Saturday, June 1

Buy tickets

City Market Social House

1145 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015


Cochon 555 (photo from 2018)


Cochon 555 heads to DTLA this year and rounds out the Whisky, Wine and Swine weekend at City Market Social House.

Cochon 555 is one of my favorite food festivals. It includes chefs competing to be either the prince or princess of pork with a national competition to be crowned king or queen of pork. This year’s competing chefs in LA include: Brian Redzikowski of Kettner Exchange, Jason Mattick Ivan Marquez of B.S. Taqueria-Broken Spanish, David Johns of Mason, Kat Hu & Justin Yi of Hock + Hoof, and Ben Diaz of Nixo Lounge at Luxe City Center Hotel.


Cochon 555

Cochon 555 starts at 5 p.m. with VIP entry at 4 p.m. General admission is $130 and VIP is $200 per person.

Everyone’s a winner when you get to try the food!

BC Hoffman competing in the Cochon 555 Punch Kings competition last year


Other competitions that day include a somm competition and my favorite, the bartenders competition showcasing their best punch.

Othon Nolasco competing in the Cochon 555 competition


Like the food, you get to taste all the punches!

… and there’s whisky too at Cochon 555 (along with wine, vodka, rum and more!)


And there’s always spirits as well at Cochon 555. Last year I may have had a tipple or two of my favorite Glenfiddich 14.

Let’s make it a DTLA weekend! Best get a hotel room for the weekend!

Cochon 555

  • Sunday, June 2

Buy tickets

City Market Social House

1145 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, CA 90015


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