Guide To The 6th Annual L.A. Street Food Fest

July 10, 2015 1:35 PM

(Credit: L.A. Street Food Fest)

(Credit: L.A. Street Food Fest)


The folks behind the L.A. Street Food Fest suggest wearing your most comfortable pair of pants on Saturday because attendees are guaranteed to gorge themselves with some of the city’s best local dishes, as well as a number of imports that have become synonymous with Los Angeles. When it comes to stuffing your face at this particular outdoor food extravaganza, the last thing you want to be is unprepared. This guide that will put all of the must-know information in your head, so your hands will be ready to snag plates.

Los Angeles Street Food Fest
Rose Bowl
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 577-3100
www.lastreetfoodfest.com
Date: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 3pm – 8pm

About The Festival
(credit: LA Street Food Fest)

(credit: LA Street Food Fest)


Shawna Dawson, the founder of the L.A. Street Food Fest organized the first Food Fest in 2010 as a way to celebrate some of LA.’s best, and occasionally lesser known, street food vendors. Food trucks were everywhere at the time, so they had a stronghold on the Fest. Over the last few years, the vendor list has diversified, attracting brick-and-mortar restaurants, chefs and street carts from as far as Mexico. Most costs, and in some cases all, are subsidized by the organization, which stands behind its mission to bring the best, hand-picked dishes to the masses. The sixth annual festival is back at the legendary Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

Tickets
General admission tickets to the event are priced at $60 and will allow entry to the event at 5pm. However, if you want to get in early, and secure special parking and access to the Rose Garden VIP Lounge, you’ll want to get the VIP tickets for $90. Both all-inclusive tickets provide access to more than 100 vendors, including food trucks and carts, as well as restaurant and chef-led, pop-up stands. Tickets are only available on Eventbrite, so visit <a href="http://www.lastreetfoodfest.com&quot; target="_blank"L.A. Street Food Fest to gain entry.

What You’re Eating
Food vendors at LA Street Food Fest will generally be grouped via world region (ie. Latin America, Asia, Europe, etc.) with drink stations interspersed along the way. If you’re feeling parched, make sure to head over to the Iced Coffee Lounge + Donut Lounge, Tequila Tasting Tent, or any of the various beer and wine booths. There will also be an Ice Cream Social Station for those who crave creamy sweets, as well as an area dedicated to some of the best small-batch bites from Artisanal L.A. Curious what could be in store for you this weekend? How about this:
 
(Credit Howlin’ Ray’s)

(Credit Howlin’ Ray’s)


Howlin’ Rays Nashville-style Hot Chicken is a definite must try, and you can rest assured, it won’t be too spicy. Other stand outs include Mama Masubi’s, a farmers market favorite, which will serve its famous Rice Balls. This is the summer of poke, so make sure to sample Sweet Fin Poke’s fresh and spicy Sriracha Tuna Poke. Of course, the summer is also about burgers, and the new-and-improved Cassell’s Hamburgers’ will dish out classic beef sliders.

(Credit: Bronzed Aussie)

(Credit: Bronzed Aussie)


Pay a visit to the Bronzed Aussie’s station for savory Australian ground beef meat pie, sausage rolls and and spinach and feta rolls. If you’re lucky, you may even snag an oatmeal and coconut cookie, otherwise known as the Anzac Biscuit. Tacos are prime street food, and Taqueria El Severo will have braised cactus leaves and soft Granny Smith apples with a Guajillo sauce nestled in a tortilla. Versions of the sandwich will also appear. Grab Picnic Sandwich’s crunchy Ham & Frito Sandwich, or nosh on Eat Berlins’ mini versions of the original German Döner Sandwich with either chicken or beef and a topping of cabbage and the chef’s special sauce. One Veg World will offer its vegan BBQ Jackfruit and Philly Dream sandwiches for the meat-free patrons.

What You’re Drinking
(Credit: The Corner Door/Acuna-Hansen)

(Credit: The Corner Door/Acuna-Hansen)


Although food will be plentiful, you’ll want to make sure to leave plenty of room for cocktails, wine and beer. The Tequila Tasting Tent will feature several brands, including Corazon Azul, Suerte and Tequila Cocula, or stop by Home Brewed Bar for their Lavender Milk Tea and Peach Oolong Iced Tea and Frijolito’s Mobile Coffee Shop’s Cafe de Olla, Coconut Latte & Banana Latte in the Iced Coffee + Donut Lounge. As for cocktails, the Corner Door’s shaking up a smokey, sweet Mezcallin with mezcal, pineapple cordial, lemon and ginger. Venice’s own Venice Whaler will also be around offering two drinks on its roster– the Texas Fruit Cart with vodka, agave and melon juice and cayenne salt rim and The Buck Stops Here with vodka, strawberry, Orgeat and ginger beer. Corazon y Miel’s bar set-up will include brown butter-infused Reposado & Pineapple Slushies, and Ludlow’s Cocktail Co. will hand out various flavors of its on-the-go jello shots. Enjoy wines from Stella Rosa and Vina Sympatica, beers from Firestone Walker, Singha, Angel City Brewery and Golden Road Brewery. A number of non-alcoholic beverages from Jarritos, Clover Juices, The Bu Kombucha, Hache LA, Just Chill and more will be available.
Chrystal Baker is a freelance food and events contributor for CBS Los Angeles, Basil Magazine and Frugivore Magazine. She is the co-editor of a recipe blog, The Duo Dishes, and manages her own lifestyle and travel blog, Any and Everywhere.