Screw Carmageddon. The weekend of culinary desmadre in the Southland is ON. Since the original post, we've discovered that not only will OC be represented at Eat Real, but OC Weekly will–Gustavo is leading panels at 4 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, and I will be demonstrating preserved lemons and limes on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
If you're nervous about the carpocalypse, do what we're doing: drive the long way (57 and 210) to Pasadena and take the Gold Line to Union Station, then transfer to the #733 Venice Rapid bus. We assume it will be RINO–Rapid In Name Only–but we've got books.
First, locally is the Munchathon in Oak Canyon Park. While we can't
confirm that there will be parkour over the luxe loncheras, we also
can't rule it out; there will be a 5K fun run from 9-11 a.m., V.I.P.
admission to the clustertruck from 10-11 a.m., and the event itself from
11 a.m.-5 p.m. The fee to attend just the clustertruck varies; runners
with paid registrations get admission included. Tickets for runners are $55, V.I.P. is $30 and
general admission is $16. Children under 6 are free. Purchase tickets
(after the ridiculous waiver) at munchathon.com.
you prefer your food trucks without the race to capture them, the L.A.
Street Food Fest will take place at Brookside Park at the Rose Bowl
in Pasadena on Saturday July 16. In order to control the crowds, Sauce
LA, the organizers, have broken down the event into three separate
sessions, each with a firm cap of 1,500 attendees. Families are invited
to the sessions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; the session from
6-9 p.m. is restricted to over-21s. This event is one of the few
clustertrucks to invite old-school loncheras such as Antojitos
Carmen, Mariscos el Tetos (the best fish tacos in Southern California)
and Tamales Elena, as well as brick-and-mortar chefs like Ricardo Zarate (of Mo-Chica and Picca) and chefs from Baja California–applause! More
information at lastreetfoodfest.wordpress.com.
the place to be an Southern California food lover that weekend is at the Helms Bakery
complex in Culver City, where the Eat Real Festival will take place
Saturday and Sunday. While there will be plenty of food trucks there,
the focus of the festival is on food making. There will be masterclasses on preserving, fermenting and pickling; there will be a pig-butchery contest; there will be a community oven and sourdough lessons. Two dozen food trucks will be in attendance, and there will be a marketplace where high-quality products will be on sale.
will be well represented: Gabbi Patrick of Gabbi's will be making
nopales, Dee Nguyen of Break of Dawn will be demoing hot sauce, and
Lauryn Chun of MILKimchi will be talking about the art of spicy
preservation, while Gustavo's chica is the programming director and Guti will organize one food panel or other. Entrance is free, and there will be remote parking with
shuttles and a free valet. (Sadly, Metro have ignored requests to open
the Expo Line light rail in time for the event. Hmph.) All the details
are at eatrealfest.com.