Street Food Fest Report: Brisker Lines, Indie Music & Lots of Eating
Thousands of people descended upon the Rose Bowl Saturday, but not for sports. Actually, you might consider the new trend of eating street food a sport. Armed with a cell phone and Twitter, Angelenos for more than a year have been hunting down the latest tastes on food trucks that tweet their locations around the city. But this weekend, a mix of vendors -- from food trucks to street food inspired restaurants -- all gathered in one easy-to-find-place for the second incarnation of the Street Food Festival.
"Overall, I'm really happy and Sonja was, too," said co-founder Shawna Dawson after the event was over. She and Sonja Rasula of Unique LA first put on the L.A. Street Food Festival in February, which was focus of an onslaught of negative criticism about long lines and over crowding. To address those issues, the summer version of the event was capped to 5,000 people and a $45 to $65 ticket was all-you-can eat, meaning lines would not linger as food vendors and customers took time to exchange money.
This time around some lines were long, but many moved briskly. As attendees came to the front of the line, they'd simply choose their dish and move back to the middle of the field where crowds gathered, eating while standing, on picnic blankets or at a few available tables.