Here we are again. An event so unique and popular it needed two posts. A quick recap, LA Street Food Festival was an event showcasing local Los Angeles Street Food whether on truck or cart. More than 60 vendors came out to feed LA culture enthusiasts (including me!) Not only did they provide great food and drinks, they also presented some premium liquor tastings, two beer gardens, and up and coming bands. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also came to announce the best of the best giving bragging rights to vendors such as Mariscos Jalisco who won best in show.
|Enjoying my Singha beer. Straw hat Eugenia Kim for Target, Stussy shirt, Gap cropped pants, Coach bag|
|The Mighty Boba Truck|
|Curry potato ball from The Mighty Boba Truck|
|Andrew and the Tequila Man from Tequila Corrido|
|Andrew and friends tasting from Tequila Rack|
|Cheesy Mac and Rib, Caprese, and the Plain American Cheese Sandwiches from The Grilled Cheese Truck|
|Tropical Shave Ice truck|
|L to R: the 808 and the Rainbow Shaved Ice|
Here is more (but not all) of what I tasted continued from Part 1.
The Mighty Boba Truck's curry potato balls were very flavorful, a kick of curry in a little panko fried almost croquet-like ball. Andrew loved the Tequila tastings because it is his poison of choice, whereas I tasted them because they were all posted alongside The Grilled Cheese Truck's long line. The tequila tastings offered small tastes of several of their premium agave liquor, just enough to taste but not enough to drink (if you know what I mean). Hints of oak or smokeyness, tequila tastes like tequila to me... maybe that's why I always shoot it and not taste it. As for the Grilled Cheese truck with probably one of the longest lines of the event, although worth the ~30 minute wait. They were offering bites of their famous cheesy sandwiches. The ones I tasted were the Cheesy Mac and Rib, the Caprese and the Plain American sandwiches. Tasty, but due to the situation of the event, not melty. The cheese had already almost completely hardened by the time I got to eat it. Providing hot food at an event such as this was difficult for the amount of guests to feed. Most vendors placed their food out for grabs instead of making them to order. However, that gives me an excuse to visit them during regular operating hours.
The Ice Cream Social located along the perimeter of the stadium was the perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth and check out local vendors. I indulged in a few, Tropical Shaved Ice being one. I selected the 808 with condensed milk and li hing mui please! Andrew tried the Rainbow which had banana strawberry and vanilla flavors.
Not only did this tasting event tickle 5,000 palates as well as fill their tummies, it supported the non-profits St. Vincent Meals on Wheels and Wooly School Gardens. Click here to read about them.
If you would like to be part of the next event follow @LAFoodFest for upcoming events. Maybe I'll see you there!