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Food, Glorious Food! Eating the LA Street Food Fest

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It was a feast of global proportions at the Rose Bowl on Saturday for the LA Street Food Fest's Summer Tasting Event. Some intrepid eaters got there early with VIP admission and took a focused approach to hitting up each and every booth, truck, and stand on the lawn and in the courtyards. Others zeroed in on getting tastes from vendors they'd never tried before. A few took the "divide-and-conquer" tactic and sent people into different lines to bring back bounty to share, whether picnic-style on the field, at a table, or in the stands.

Criteria for the favorite items varied from eater to eater, but the final say for the best of the bites came from the panel of judges (Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Chef Walter Manzke, actor Jesse Williams, Chef Susan Feniger, Rene Lynch of the LA Times, and Street Gourmet LA blogger Bill Esparza), who worked their way from vendor to vendor tasting to determine their picks.