If this weekend’s food trucks-for-Haiti event proved anything, it is that people will show up to eat street food. In fact, they’ll show up regardless of the reason why these trucks have gathered a la Fast and Furious: Food Truck Edition. Case in point: at least half a dozen people I talked to on Saturday had no idea that the purpose of the event was to raise money for Red Cross’s efforts in Haiti. Upon being told, most said they’d maybe buy an extra something to support the cause. Ah, slacktivism at its finest.
On February 13th, there need not be any pretense: over 30 trucks will gather for no reason other than to celebrate cheap food. Shawna Dawson and Sonja Rasulaover (of Unique LA) have organized the first ever Street Food Fest at the LA Center Studios downtown. Unlike the Haiti fundraiser, it looks like it won’t just be the circa-2008 food trucks in attendance. No, note the name of the festival: it’s not a food truck festival, it’s a street food festival. The organizers promise to showcase a close-to-complete picture of street food in Los Angeles, from NoHo’s longstanding Antojitos de Abuelita truck to Thai street food from the Wat Thai Temple to the shiny new kids on the block like the Flying Pig. Here’s hoping that Echo Park’s churro lady makes a surprise appearance as well, because I miss her every single time I’m in the area. Because this is coming from the home of Unique LA, there also will be pop-up Unique LA-esque booths, with local artists and designers selling their pre-Valentine’s Day wares, if you are into that sort of thing. It’s about time everyone got together for a little street party.
EDIT: Shawna tells us in the comments that there will be a donation-based cash beer and wine bar, the proceeds of which will support the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank. The event also will go to 5pm, not 4pm as originally planned. Sweet!! More time, more food!
The First Annual Street Food Fest is Saturday, February 13th from 11am to 4pm 5pm at the LA Center Studios (500 S. Beaudry Ave.). Because there’s all this open air food, no doggies allowed. I know, total bummer.