Many cities around the world view street food as something to eat when there are no other options, but in Los Angeles, street food has become a delicacy. This year's 3rd Annual LA Street Food Fest Summer Tasting Event, being hosted at the Rose Bowl on July 21, provides a fun and convenient way to taste food from over 75 of L.A.'s food trucks, carts and restaurants.
The many gourmet trucks at the event will offer a wide range of cuisines to try. For instance, guests can eat a pulled pork slider from the Wake N Bake Wagon one minute, and a maple glazed French toast crostini the next. Some other truck dishes that will be served include patatas bravas from Vintage Kitchen, rice 'n roll onigiri from Fuji Foods Inc., and a five-cheese pizza from WTF Pizza. However, the food options will not be limited to food trucks. Guests will also enjoy food from restaurants like Pasadena's Kings Row Gastropub and Little Tokyo's Lazy Ox Canteen. Some of the booths will even be run by executive chefs, including John Sedlar, who owns Playa restaurant and was a contestant during the third season of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters."
Like to have something sweet after dinner? There will be an entire area devoted to dessert: the Ice Cream Social. This will feature 15 trucks and carts, including CoolHaus, which has become well-known for their delicious ice-cream cookie sandwiches. CoolHaus will be offering their fried chicken + waffle ice cream inside a maple flap jack cookie at the event. In addition, guests can also try an ice cream bar called the Big O from Longboards Vintage Ice Cream Truck, which has cookies 'n cream ice cream dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in Oreos. Without a doubt, the Ice Cream Social part of the LA Street Food event will have guests saying "yum."
With all this delicious food, eventually the guests are going to want something to quench their thirst. To solve this, guests will have many options, including stations for O.N.E. Coconut Water, Cascal, Honest Tea, Coba Aquas Fresca, coffee and water. However, there are also many intriguing selections for those guests who want to quench their thirst with something a bit stronger. For instance, there will be two Singha beer gardens, a Sailor Jerry cart, a tequila tasting tent, a wine tent and other cocktail carts. The Singha beer gardens will feature Thailand's number one export beer, which is a German-style Lager. Furthermore, "The Hallucination" Tequila tents sponsored by Rivera Tequila will allow guests the chance to taste more than a dozen tequila labels, if they can handle it.
In addition to the food, the event offers other fun activities such as the Oh! Snap photo booth, where guests can snap a photo with friends or with a favorite top chef. DJs will entertain the guests while they eat, drink and groove.
At $45, the tickets for the event might seem a bit pricey; however, this fee covers each guest's drinks and food for the entire evening. Ticket holders for the event will also get the benefit of free parking and a chance to have a picnic on the Rose Bowl field. By attending the event, guests will help the Los Angeles community by supporting local businesses and the non-profit organization St. Vincent Meals on Wheels, which provides food to homebound senior citizens and disabled people in the community. For those Los Angelenos interested in street food and cocktails, this event will provide all that and more.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit lastreetfoodfest.com.