Los Angeles Street Food Fest – Your Weekend Just Got Better



“L.A. is the hub of the street food scene in so many ways,” Shawna Dawson, founder of LASFF told Roaming Hunger. She plans to bring that theory to life this weekend with the third annual Los Angeles Street Food Festival.


It’s all going down Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. One hundred hand-selected vendors will fill the stadium on trucks, behind tables, in tents, and under umbrella’d carts, doling out personal portions of their claims to fame.


This is the city’s largest tasting event, and it’s all focused on street food. All your favorite food trucks and restaurateurs will be there, along with some lesser-known street carts from south of the border. “La Guerrerense is noted as being one of the best street stands in the world,” says Shawna of the returning LASFF vendor. La Guerrerense will be serving their famed Sea Snail Tostada along with a Tostada Campechana. Your L.A. comfort food will be there too. The Grilled Cheese Truck is passing out Cheesy Mac & Ribs while Wake N Bake Wagon will be busy sliding Pulled Pork Sliders your way.


Though the cult favorites will all be there, this event is really about the global and local food community. Street food is found worldwide, but it’s only at LASFF that these cultures are all represented together. The Gravy Train, for example, will be representing Canada. The owners, who met in Montreal, felt that L.A. was missing something. Poutine. It’s Quebec’s “post-bar food,” made with hand cut French fries, homemade gravy, and natural cheese curds. “You know you’re having a good curd when it squeaks between your teeth,” the truck’s owner told Roaming Hunger. Curds are the purest form of cheese, which is why the Gravy Train has chosen to use them in their gourmet snacks.


You may’ve already hopped on the Gravy Train, but this year’s LASFF is introducing some new exotic fare to the mix as well. Mike Brown, executive chef for Patina and Wolfgang Puck is taking the next step in his career with the brand new Peking Duck Truck. “We’re ready to hit the streets with authentic Chinese food,” he told us as we dug into the Peking Duck Sliders he’ll be serving on Saturday. The duck is juicy and tender, balanced beautifully with a homemade slaw that makes the slider ultra refreshing. All the ingredients are organic and have been perfected for their debut. Take it from Chef Mike himself, “I’m very proud of what we’re serving,” and don’t miss what the Peking Duck Truck has to offer.


Other culturally diverse trucks include Hansik, a Koreatown favorite gone road, dishing out their LA Galbi, a flavorful marinated short rib that’s barbequed to perfection along with Waffles Liege, pressing fresh waffles topped with rich speculoos and bananas.


The street food diversity will far exceed your expectations, branching out from the gourmet food truck scene and into its roots. Classic Loncheros will be parked inside the Bowl ready to serve you the best authentic Mexican food you could hope for. Plus, some wacky street carts and stands promise oddball delectables like cricket, bacon and potato empanadas (World Empanadas) and cheeseburger dumplings (bling bling dumpling). Shawna elaborates, “You’ll see a Michelin star chef next to a guy who doesn’t speak English and they’re both making phenomenal food and they’re both equally passionate about what they do.” This event is about exploring Los Angeles’ rich food scene and experiencing the otherwise unknown underdogs who started it all.


The Los Angeles Street Food Fest is all about the food, but the other perks aren’t so bad either (cough *free booze* cough cough). The event will return with its signature Tequila Tasting Tent, but if that’s not your vibe, Hendricks Gin will offer refreshing summer cocktails. DJ Bianca will be mixing throughout the evening, and a few graffiti artists will decorate canvases live on the main stage. Don’t miss celebrity judges Jonathan Gold of the LA Times, Simon Majumdar of The Next Iron Chef America, Jennifer Sommer, West Coast Editor for Food & Wine magazine, and Carolynn Carreño, famous cookbook author.


“Our folks are really into food,” Shawna says, so if you’re a foodie, a gourmet, a critic, or just plain hungry, join us at LASFF’s 3rd Annual Summer Tasting Event this Saturday at the Rose Bowl. Tickets cost $45 and are pre-sale only. You’ll get to park for free and eat from as many vendors as your stomach can muster(d). You can leave your wallet in your car, because your ticket is all-inclusive (ahem, beer too). Below is a list of the Roaming Hunger Seal of Approval food trucks you’ll find there, so start salivating. But then STOP! You have tickets to buy, remember? Get ’em here.


See you this weekend!


by Sienna Mintz