Tuesday, July 12, 2011

LA Street Food Fest Preview

This coming weekend, one of LA's most loved food events will be taking place at the Rose Bowl. LA Street Food Festival is a celebration of street food from all over the world. LA is now known for the incredible amount of food trucks that take residence, but there will not just be food trucks at this event. Expect Baja chefs cooking regional favorites, two beer gardens, photo booths, tequila tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations and more.

LA Street Food Festival Preview

I recently had the opportunity to attend a preview of Street Food Fest and it was a real treat. Held at soon to be open Iota Cafe in Koreatown, we were treated to a wide variety of delicacies and we also got to see the beauty of a traditional Korean tea ceremony.

This buttermilk popcorn chicken from the Mighty Boba truck was insanely addictive.

Buttermilk Popcorn Chicken from the Mighty Boba Truck

Okonomiyaki from the Glowfish truck was also addictive topped with bacon and shrimp and bonito flakes.

Okonomiyaki with Shrimp and Bacon from the Glowfish Truck

Just when I thought I was full, Iota Coffee and Bakery treated us to an insane amount of savories and sweets from their own kitchen. My favorite was the sweet sour spicy crispy wings. Not quite on the same level as Kyochon, but delicious nonetheless.

They also gave us a delightful array of desserts. Red velvet cheesecake, surprisingly light choclate mouse, and a strawberry shortcake cake.

SSS Wings at Iota Coffee and Bakery

Hibachi Steak at Iota Coffee and Bakery

Chicken Skewer Katsu Salad

Desserts from Iota Coffee and Bakery

After we were sufficiently full, we headed out to the back patio to watch the Korean tea ceremony. It was beautiful.

Korean Tea Ceremony

Not only does the ticket price for the festival include all the food, drink, and entertainment, but a portion of the proceeds will help benefit the Downtown Women's Center which helps homeless women try to end their homelessness.

This festival just so happens to be taking place during the dreaded "Carmageddon" weekend here in LA. Take the train! Free shuttles will be transporting passengers from the Memorial Park Station on the Gold Line directly to the event. Courtyard Marriott in Pasadena will be providing exclusive rates to attendees if you wish to make a weekend of it. I'm so excited to attend this event. Hope to see you there!

To learn more about the event an to purchase tickets, click here.

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Amanda said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! :)

vanillasugar said...

a very good cause indeed.
you eat well totes. :-)
you have the best events to go too.

susan said...

I so wanted to attend this event, but we are in Ojai this weekend. Not quite sure how we are going to get there (Carmegeddon), but I am sure we will find a way! Love that you had a sneak peak! Lucky you!

Erica said...

Sounds like an awesome event! I'd go for the strawberry shortcake alone!!

Joanne said...

It's a good thing I'm not gonna be anywhere near LA when this happens. Good for my thighs, I mean.

angela said...

I am full just reading. I want those cakes.