Thursday, July 5, 2012

LA Street Food Fest Summer Tasting, Back on July 21

The LA Street Food Fest returns to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Saturday, July 21. The full vendor lineup hasn't been released yet, but usually the vendors from previous years would come back, so check out last year's highlights to know what to expect!

The term "Street Food Fest" has been defined pretty loosely, since now it's not just food carts/stalls/trucks, but also various restaurants and dessert shops participating.

And it's not just LA, the Food Fest also brought some of the best from Baja, including the uni tostada from La Guerrerense in Ensenada. They may just be making a repeat appearance this year. This little seafood cart has been featured many TV shows recently, so if you haven't had the time to drive down to Baja, try it locally at the food fest!

One of the best chefs in Baja, Javier Plascencia is also coming back this year. Last year he brought a lot of goodies, including these grilled oysters topped with sea asparagus. I don't know why the line wasn't longer at this booth, but hey, better for me.

The VIP section featured Hendrick's gin cocktails by bartender extraordinaire Julian Cox (Hendrick's Gin and Sailor Jerry Rum will be there again this year, along with some Singha beer tents)
Cocktails with a cucumber foam at a street food fest? Yep, and well worth the extra $$ for VIP access.

Last year's event was actually my first time trying Ramen Jinya. Had to go back for seconds of this little cup!

Kalbi (short ribs) from Cham Korean Bistro in Pasadena:

Some bites from the Dim Sum Truck:

There were plenty more at the festival, just to name a few:
Tamales and tacos abound (including the amazing Mariscos Jalisco), La Guelaguetza's mole, Starry Kitchen brought their infamous green balls. Ice creams and shaved ice to beat the heat. Pourover coffee from IOTA in Koreatown. Basically, there were so many food stalls even this pig couldn't try them all! For those who don't drink alcohol, there will be plenty of refreshments from Honest Tea, IZZE, and more.
A bonus:
The Starry Kitchen crew always entertains with their costumes
The event will be from 5-9pm (3-4:30pm VIP hour). General admission tickets are $45, VIP $65.
Part of the proceeds benefit St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels.


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