The first, the original… LA’s largest and most affordable tasting event goes big with evening hours, a new layout, new vendors and new features at the Rose Bowl on June 28th
LOS ANGELES, June 1, 2014— Mark your calendars and get out your stretchy pants! LA‘s largest and most affordable tasting event produced by Angelenos for Angelenos returns to the Rose Bowl to celebrate its fifth consecutive year on Saturday, June 28th 2014. Imitated by many but equaled by none, the LASFF’s 5th Annual Summer Tasting Event raises the bar again with new evening hours (4p-10p), a new layout to both take advantage of the Rose Bowl’s recent renovations and to accommodate even more vendors and sponsors, introducing guests to dozens of legendary street food chefs from all parts of Los Angeles and beyond. Back at the Rose Bowl this year with just 5,000 all-inclusive (pre-sale only) tickets and the option of a VIP early admission ticket, attendees get the best of LA‘s vibrant street food scene plus top chefs and award-winning restaurants and more in an iconic, idyllic setting.
Attendees will enjoy a curated selection of signature street inspired eats from more than a hundred (yes, 100!) vendors including the city‘s best gourmet trucks, old school carts and stands, celeb chefs and award-winning restaurants serving from white tented booths and umbrella shaded tables around the Rose Bowl plus craft beer, cocktails, wine, tequila tasting, an ice cream social, iced coffee lounge and more.
Highlights from the mouth-watering line-up of vendors include LA food truck favorites Urban Oven, Luckdish Curry, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Azteca Truck, Foodism, Kraken Mobile and Currywurst plus special guest truck, Aloha Plate, champions of last year’s Food Network Great Food Truck Race, bringing us their signature Spam musubi from Hawaii; street eats from foodie favorites Home State, Badmaash, Chef Brian Huskey/Formosa Café, Mexicali Taco, Chef Bruce Kalman/Union, El Condor, Chef Vartan Abgaryan/Cliff’s Edge, Short Order, Guelaguetza, El Coralense, Chef Eric Greenspan’s Grilled Cheese, Bizarra Capital, Del Rey Deli, Sticky Rice, and pop-ups BEP Vietnamese Kitchen, ARO Latin, The Ceviche Project and Hotato Potato. Debuts at this year’s Fest include The Asian Box, the Carb & Nation truck helmed by Church & State alums, Shao Kao BBQ from underground supper club chef Luther Chen, Short Cake’s new lunchtime line of paninis from pastry chef Ivan Marquez, and Glassell Park’s 100% grass fed Vaka Burger, voted Best Burger in Southern California. Past event award winners, Starry Kitchen and Dog Haus return along with local lonchero Mariscos Jalisco and Baja, Mexico’s Mariscos El Mazateño, Tacos Kokopelli and Aqui es Texcoco. For the veggie minded, Kitchen Mouse Vegan Café returns along with The Grain Café and No Tacos, Please!
For the sweet tooth, the popular Ice Cream Social is back and even bigger, featuring cult favorites Donut Friend, The Churro Borough, Peddler’s Creamery and The Beignet Truck alongside Fluff Ice, Ramekin, Quenelle, Choctal, Saffron & Rose, What the Funnel, Ice Cream Lab and Confexxion’s “brioughnut”, along with the baked stylings of local flour mill, Grist & Toll. Portland’s Salt & Straw makes a So Cal debut with special flavors created just for the LA Street Food Fest including “Papi’s Salted Nuts”: the brainchild of Roy Choi from Kogi and POT, combining salty Beijing-style boiled peanut ice cream with a spicy Southeast Asian style marshmallow fluff and “Stumptown with Compartes Love Nuts”: cold brewed Indonesian coffee with chocolate dipped, caramel coated pecans from LA’s Compartes Chocolate.
A new feature debuting this year is the Iced Coffee Lounge which will feature cool caffeinated beverages from a dozen of the city’s top roasters and new wave coffee shops including Cognoscenti Coffee, Copa Vida, Cafecito Organico, Home Brewed, Zona Rosa and more, plus the debut of Angel’s Gate Roasting.
For the 21+ crowd, the original Tequila Tasting Tent returns and beer options have been expanded to include refreshing suds from Angel City Brewery, Golden Road Brewery, Stella Artois, Kronenbourg and Singha. Caroline on Crack also returns having curated some incredible cocktails from Petty Cash, Harlowe, Bar 1886, Church Key and Melrose Umbrella Co.
A complete list of this year’s participants can be found on the LA Street Food Fest website. More surprise chefs will be announced in the days leading up to the event. Attendees will be able to cast their vote for favorites alongside judges like Jonathan Gold by tweeting their picks with the hashtags #LAfoodfest #PeoplesChoice.
To avoid the issues of crowds and long lines associated with these types of events, attendance will again be capped at just 5,000 attendees and all tickets are being sold pre-sale through Eventbrite. Affordable, all-inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink $55 GA tickets include sampling from 100+ food vendors, cold brews,, refreshing summer cocktails at five bars, wine tasting, plenty of cool water stations, refreshments from Press Brothers Juicery, Joia Soda, The Bu Kombucha, Jarritos, and Pop Water; and photos at the All Star + InstaParty photo booth that will print out attendee’s Instagram pics with the hashtag #LAfoodfest; DJs, collectible swag (including hand fans for all, and for our VIP guests, eco plates), plus free parking, Uber ride discounts and OC Fair tickets for all attendees. The event is all ages with 21+ wristbands for those who’d like to enjoy beer, wine and cocktails.
All-inclusive tickets are available online now through the LA Street Food Fest website and Eventbrite and are presale only. No tickets will be available at the door. All inclusive, all you can eat, all you can drink, tickets are $55. VIP Early Admission tickets are available for $80 and include early admission, VIP parking, VIP entrance, access to an expanded new VIP lounge and other perks including special bites like Matt Biancaniello’s cocktail infused oysters. LASFF 2014 is shaping up to be the hottest ticket again this summer! The event sells out every year, so don’t delay getting yours!
Event Sponsors include Media Partner, Los Angeles magazine and Sponsors Perrier, Aloha Plate powered by SPAM, The Bu Kombucha, Press Brothers Juicery, Jioa Soda, Pop Water, Jarritos, Honest Tea, Stella Artois, Angel City Brewery, Kronenbourg 1664, Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, Singha, Golden Road Brewing, The Church Key, The Raymond 1886, Petty Cash, Harlowe, Melrose Umbrella Co, Beefeater Gin, Bols Genever, Sailor Jerry Rum, Single Estate Tequila Ochoa, Tequila Suerte, Tequila Corazon, Tequila Agava, Cocula Tequila, 93.1 Jack FM, Roaming Hunger, Living Out Loud, Amoeba Music, Street Food Cinema, Whole Foods Market, Smart and Final, Uber, OC Fair, Flavour Gallery, KIND Bar, Krave Jerky, Gindo’s Spice of Life, InstaPartyBox Photo Booth and Studio Mucci.