We announced our event and as expected, there are questions that pop up, and we are happy to answer them!
Q: Is the Ramen Festival sold out and if so, will more tickets be available?
A: The Ramen Festival sold out of General Admission tickets THREE MONTHS before the event! That’s ramen crazy! VIP tickets are now sold out, too! Due to fire safety regulations and capacity, we have a limit on how many people are allowed in the event…if our committee and the venue decide we can release more tickets without compromising safety at the event, we will do so in October. Stay tuned to the San Diego Ramen Festival Facebook page as well as our Silk Road Productions Facebook page for events and appearances where we will be giving ou tickets we have pre-budgeted for giveaways and contests!
Q: Is it all ages?
A: This is an all ages event, and kids under 12 get free entry! However, ramen servings still need to be purchased if you wish to try any. Because the event is SOLD OUT, only ONE child (under 12 years old) per ticketed adult will be allowed entry! This is for fire safety and capacity reasons.
Q: Will there be vegan or gluten-free options?
A: There will be vegan and gluten-free options available, but we cannot confirm how many of the ramen vendors will have those options until we are closer to the event. For now, the easy answer is “yes.” However, until we will not know which of the vendors or how many will have these options. We would not want you to be disappointed in having only a few options, so if this is an issue, we won’t encourage you to purchase a ticket.
Q: Why is it on a Thursday?
A: In order to get the most amount of ramen vendors we need to do the event when restaurants and ramen chefs are available. They don’t like losing a weekend day because that is when they do the most amount of their business. So in order for us to have quality and quantity, we need to do it when the ramen folks are available and willing to do it! Besides, pretty much everyone needs to eat on Thursday.
Q: What does VIP include?
A: VIP is described on our VIP page but will include a great amount of awesomeness. In addition to getting your own exclusive and private VIP area, you will also get catered sushi from Sushi on a Roll that is exclusively made for our VIPs. There will be entertainment and a private DJ just for VIP ticket holders. You also get to try ramen from EVERY ramen vendor with your special VIP pass (one serving per vendor). The Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana, our co-presenter, will be presenting a Beer and Sake Lounge with “unlimited” beer and sake samples only for our VIP ticket holders. Lastly, every VIP ticket holder will get a goodie bag with Japanese snacks and prizes. This will be the best VIP experience for the value you will find anywhere!
Q: How does the ticket work?
A: You buy a general admission ticket through our eventbrite link and your general admission ticket will include ONE ramen 12-ounce ramen serving. Every 12-ounce serving after that is only $5 and you can buy as many or as few as you want! “Ramen Dollars” will be available for purchase for each 12-ounce ramen serving.
Q: How do I enter the ramen eating contest?
A: All registered participants will receive an email about two weeks prior to the event with an invitation link to participate in the ramen eating contest. You must have purchased a ticket to the event to be able to participate in the ramen eating contest. There will be three rounds, with up to ten people in each round. The fastest two people from each round will qualify for the final round, which will take place on the main stage. The person who consumes the fastest will be crowned ultimate champion of the universe and get a nifty prize. The ramen eating contest is sponsored by Zion Market, who donated the delicious, pre-packaged ramen bowls from their store at 7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111
Q: How many ramen vendors will there be and who are they?
A: Our goal is to at least 10 ramen vendors, but this will ultimately depend on how many tickets are sold! We will announce who they are in the coming months.