Photos: LA Street Food Fest's Delightful Donuts, Cocktails, Ceviches and More
Local foodies, prepare to get your glut on. The summer food festival circuit is about to kick into high gear, and one of the more popular (and more affordable) events, the LA Street Food Fest, goes down June 29 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
LAist sampled a few of the drool-worthy goodies that will be available the day of the festival (see photos) and spoke with LA Street Food Fest Founder Shawna Dawson about the upcoming shindig.
“I’m really excited about the Taste of Mexico inclusion this year, and the expanded ice cream social,” Dawson said. In the Taste of Mexico area guests will find an array of dishes from restaurants Guelaguetza, Corazon y Miel, Yuca’s, and many more. In the ice cream social area, festival newbies Chunk-n-Chip and The Donut Snob will be in attendance. “We’ve always had the section, but this year it’s a larger space in the exterior concourse,” says Dawson.
Other notable vendors Dawson highlighted were Fred Eric's latest venture D'elish and another downtown newcomer and Indian gastropub Badmaash. Fred Eric, the owner of Fred 62 in Los Feliz and Tiara Cafe, has participated in the event since its inception but this year will serve something from his new, casual sandwich concept. “Fred is the best,” Dawson said. "There aren’t many vendors we have back every single year, but we love him."
Temps can rise quickly in Pasadena, so cold drinks are a necessity. This year Dawson and her crew are very excited to unveil an entire Singha beer garden, complete with kegs brought in from Thailand. Other beverage vendors attending include local businesses Pressed Juicery and Handsome Roasters, and there will be plenty of cold water stations around to keep festival goers hydrated. “We’ll also have six bars, and 102 vendors in total," says Dawson. "We’re stoked.” Last year’s vendor tally was at an even 100.
General admission tickets cost $50 per person and are all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink passes for 5 p.m. through 9 p.m. That's four hours of gluttony, and the event website wisely suggests guests wear stretchy pants. If waiting in lines longer than five minutes is just too much for you, spring for $75 VIP tickets that get you into the event at 3 p.m., two hours before the general admission guests.
The event is capped at 5,000 guests and typically sells out in advance, so visit the festival's Eventbrite page soon to snag your spots.