By Michelle Merriwether (@merriwetherm), BER West Coast Rep
Now that I have recovered from my food coma, I can tell you about our trip to the LA Street Food Festival this Saturday.
We attended this year hoping that they learned valuable lessons on timing, lines, food prep, and crowd control from last year. With a few minor hiccups, we are happy to report, they did!
Hosted at “America’s Stadium” the Rose Bowl for the 2nd year in a row, the LA Street Food Festival brought together the best restaurants, chefs, beverages, street food vendors, and food trucks the great city of LA has to offer in one place for one fantastic price…and FREE PARKING! Hey this is LA, we get excited about free parking!
We sprang for the VIP ticket, so we can get in a few hours early to take in all of the good eats at a reasonable pace. The VIP doors opened at 3:00pm, the general admission opened at 5:00pm. For the promoters, that meant 3:30-4:30 for VIP eats (allowing 30 minutes for the vendors to get prepared before the rush, and 30 minutes before general admission doors). They were very clear about this on their website! So were we! However, when we arrived, we waited in the VIP line for what seemed a hot eternity. They mentioned some issue with their scanners, and some other issue with wristbands, I don’t know. I was HOT, and ready to EAT! So, by the time we got inside (roughly 3:45), it was GAME ON! First up water, next a cocktail of some sort, then FOOD…lots and lots of FOOD!
The promoters said they only sold 1500 VIP tickets and were releasing 3500 general admission tickets…for some reason, I believe that was switched at “go”. There seemed to be 3500 VIP tickets, and not much more of a crowd when the general admission doors opened. However, to their credit, the lines were manageable this year, and all of the vendors provided generous tastes, without a long wait.
Here is a list of ALL of the food and vendors
Some foodie highlights:
Thee Elbow Room Porchetta Bites (amazing…so much so at the end we walked away with an entire sandwich!)
The Church Key Pig Ear Cheetohs with Guacamole Espuma, $ Brown Better Glazed Donuts (wow!)
Scratch Bar where everything was so good, they were gone early!
Status Kuo Sticky Rice
Kneady Bakery Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Wookies
Dreamy Creations Crème Brulee Cupcake was so nice we had to do it twice!
Colorado Donuts made we want to hurt somebody over their Reese’s Croissant Donut!
Bachi Burger had by far the longest line, but well worth the wait!
Bling Bling Dumplings were delish!
And although I was stuffed, I had to have the Lobos Truck Cheesy Ranch Wachos (think seasoned waffle fries with cheese and BACON…yummy!!)
Spitz…we missed you. I was looking forward to getting my “Spitz Fix”.
And special mention to all of the beverage and coffee vendors for keeping us “happy” and cool: Press Brothers Juicery, Stella Rosa Wines, Singha Beer, Ludlow’s Cocktail, Midori Matcha, Hache LA and, Home Brewed Bar for the best Vanilla Iced Coffee I have ever had (sorry Starbucks)…I could go on, we drank just as much as we ate, trust me, it was ALL good, including the fabulous tequila tasting!
This year was equipped with a comfortable layout, plenty of boxed water, and an opportunity to take a break on the grass of the field of the Rose Bowl, a real treat!
Last year, I didn’t have much nice to say about the Fest, this year, with a rough start, they certainly finished strong!!! It turned out to be a beautiful, yummy, delicious day in LA! Cheers! Next up…Dine LA Week…someone get me my #stretchypants