One could argue that L.A. is already a street food festival in of itself, but that isn't stopping organizers from circling the wagons for an official "L.A. Street Food Festival" on February 13th in Downtown. Although MetBlogs dishes that a complete view of the street food scene is coming with the inclusion of Wat Thai Temple vendors and Antojitos de Abuelita, so far we notice hipster-hyped mobile eats like Don Chow, Komodo, and FishLips much more than the exiles on Breed St., hot dog bacon wrappers, birria trucks, champurrado from an ice chest in the trunk of somebody's car, or any of the vendors from our street food map.
The festival is planned by two native Angelenos, Shawna Dawson (a buche lover) and Sonja Rasula (founder of Unique L.A.). In addition to a "be-in" featuring food, The Street Food Festival will also function as an arts and design marketplace with dozens of different crafts-folk and artists, including possibly edible inclusions like The World of Mr. Toast, Spicy Brown, and P.O.P. Candy. There will also be a station for making Valentines for the next day's holiday.
A list of participants is online, though we're told to expect over 50 on the day of the event. We can only imagine it will grow if it's to be a true overview of what you can eat off our avenues. MetBlogs predicts its success, saying that this past Saturday's Haiti fundraiser with food trucks had many people happily eating while unaware of the cause involved. In any case, it will be a chance to try a few vendors we're yet to discover like Uncle Lau's Island BBQ and Sabor de Bahia (which must be clove and cinnamon, right readers?). Event info is below.
L.A. Street Food Festival
11am - 5pm
L.A. CENTER STUDIOS
500 S. Beaudry Ave.
1st Annual Street Food Festival [MetBlogs]