Here's What To Eat And Drink At LA Street Food Fest This Weekend
We like food in Los Angeles so much so that there always seems to be some sort of food festival taking place in the city. However, there's a big one coming up—an all-you-can-eat-and-drink kind—featuring some major players in the culinary scene at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena taking place on July 11.
The LA Street Food Fest is back in its sixth year and they have a huge lineup of food and drink purveyors—over 100 of them—taking over the Rose Bowl. Food trucks and carts may come to mind when we think of street food, but they'll have more than that at this festival, including high-end restaurants, bars and celebrity chefs.
Some of the participating vendors that caught our attention include the new Filipino rice bowl restaurant Rice Bar, Faith & Flower, Aussie Pie Kitchen, Ceviche Project, Chichen Itza, Osso and Sweetfin Poke. They'll also have an Ice Cream Social featuring folks like Van Leeuwen Ice Cream and Salt & Straw; an Iced Coffee Lounge with a first-time Donut Zone accompanying it in the mix; a Tequila-Tasting Tent; an Artisanal LA section with craft makers like Mama Musubi and Long Beach Jerky Co.; a bar with Corozon y Miel, the Church Key and Cliff's Edge; as well as a spot to grab beer from the likes of Golden Road Brewery and Goose Island. We suggest you study the whole list here in preparation so you can map out your game plan for the day.
We spoke to the folks behind the festival who gave us some tips on what to look forward to in terms of special dishes:
Howlin' Rays Hot Chicken
Howlin' Hot Plates: Medium Spiced Fried Chicken Thigh, County Fair Pickles, Puritan Bread
Smoked Tuna Pate with Bay Scallops
Artisan Popsicles Including Thai Tea with Boba, Lychee Peach and Watermelon Mint
Taqueria El Severo
Nopales Tacos: Braised Cactus, Sauteed Granny Apples, Onions, Tomato and Guahillo Sauce
Wax Bean Salad with Keffir, Fennel and Candied Almonds
Sriracha Tuna Poke with Sriracha Ponzu Sauce, Hijiki, Avocado and Bamboo Rice
Salt & Straw
Green Corn Tamales Ice Cream; Rojo Mole Flan (made with Guelaguetza Rojo Mole Paste)
Confit & Smoked Chicken Hearts with Garlic Black Rice and Crispy Shallots
Faith & Flower
Greek Yogurt Panna Cotta, Puffed Wild Rice and Yuzu Granita
"Blues": Organic Smoky Blueberry Jam-Filled Pop Tart with Cinnamon Whiskey Glaze
Corazon y Miel
Brown Butter-Infused Don Julio Reposado, Disarrono and Pineapple Slushies
House-Ground Prime Beef Patty Slider with Housemade Thousand Island, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Pickle on Housemade Parker Roll
For general admission at $60, you can sample from the over 100 vendors from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and for VIP admission at $90 you can get in earlier at 3 p.m. with some added perks. You can purchase your tickets online here.