August 28th, 2010
We're back from the Orange County Foodie Fest 2010. We got in with VIP tickets, allowing us entry about an hour before General Admission.
It was worth every penny. No lines, a tent for relaxation when needed, some of the vendors food for free.
The event showcased some fifty food trucks, including three of the seven presently being showcased on a Food Network show, The Great Food Truck Race on Sunday nights with repeats during the week. A couple of them are among those that forestcats enjoyed at the Rose Bowl a few weeks ago, and this was my chance to try them.
We were among the first in line at the VIP gate, and once we were allowed in, they gave us a gift bag which had Medieval Times baseball caps, which, since I forgot to take a hat, was very helpful. They had a backdrop for photo opportunities; we didn't use it just then, but later we got a shot taken by one of the staff with our camera. I suspect that it will turn up on forestcats blog very soon.
Each truck's foodstuffs were to be purchased; apparently, this event was for charitable purposes. I don't happen to know which charities were benefiting; all I know is that my belly was happy...
When we were first allowed in, some of the trucks were not yet ready to cook. The first that we tried was Dogzilla, a Japanese take on the hot dog. They were selling sample sizes, thank goodness, and although the hot dog itself was nothing special, the toppings were quite tasty.
The second stop was Ta Bom. We had a fried cheesey something, and spiced ground beef in a tasty dough packet. Yum.
Third was Dumpling Station. We were trying to pace ourselves, and ordered their Wasabi Garlic Fries, but the amount was too much, and we ended up sharing with other folk wandering nearby, including some media people. Not bad, but not a reason to go back to the truck.
Fourth truck we tried was Crepes Bonaparte, which is one of the trucks in the Food Network TV show. We had a spectacular blue cheese and chicken crepe whose name escapes me, but it's well worth trying if the truck is nearby.
Fifth truck we tried was Komodo, which was forestcats favorite from her previous experience, and it was really good. We ended up with five tacos, all different, and three were outstanding while the other two were good. I'm very impressed with them, and their food was probably the best we had all day.
After a short rest in the VIP tent, and some water, we went over to World Fare, a double decker bus rebuilt as a restaurant on wheels. We shared their chicken curry, and the macaroni & cheese, deep-fried, and flavored with truffles. These were very good, but the drinks that they sold (in this case, Strawberry Basil Lemonade) were wonderfully refreshing. We climbed atop the vehicle to eat, and look out over the event.
Next was Longboards, because my sweet tooth was demanding equal time. forestcats had eaten at this truck in the past, and I got a mango ice cream bar dipped in dark chocolate, which they call a Skinnydipper, and it was very satisfying. Quick, easy, tasty.
Finally, we tried Vizzi. They had a bunch of gourmet sliders, and we tried the wagyu beef one, and it was tasty, but by the time we'd eaten there, our palates were swamped with sensations, and although the meat was tender, and the sauce had flavor, it just didn't sing. I think that if I run across this truck again, I should give it a chance first to see how good they really are.
We then sat down with some more drinks from World Fare at the VIP booth, and vegged out for half an hour, and then called it a day. The lines were becoming too much to deal with, and it was getting hotter, though the temperatures weren't going to touch the 100s, had it been three days earlier. So, home, for a food coma!
It was a terrific time! If we do it again next year, I would definitely want to do it again with VIP tickets. It was well worth the added expense.
re: Fest - it was fun, indeed.
re: fries - not quite as good as we'd hoped for.
|Date:||August 29th, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)|| |
That sounds absolutely Amazing!!!
I would LOVE to hear how you or Forestcat would try and replicate the strawberry basil lemonade... I LOVE lemonade of most varieties, and I LOVE basil... I have a hard time imagining them together however! I would like to try it!!!!
Thank you for sharing such a nice day!!! I feel full reading about it! :)
I was so full I skipped supper...
As to the lemonade, I hadn't considered matching it. I'll have to think about it.
I should not have read this post prior to lunch. Now I wish I was eating something more substantial than what I'm planning on eating. ;) Glad you both had such fun.
This gourmet food truck movement is terrific! I wonder if you have them in your part of the country?
We have taco trucks but if we had gourmet trucks I'd think they'd be in downtown San Antonio and I'm never there. The trucks I've seen generally show up to provide food for construction workers.
One of the trucks from The Great Food Truck Race TV show on the Food Network is from Austin, TX, so you never know. You might want to try searching them out on the Internet...
I'll have to check it out, but frankly a truck successful in Austin might not leave the city. Austin's more sophisticated in some ways than the rest of the state.
Maybe so, but maybe you'll spend a day or a weekend in Austin, for that matter...
I need to go up there some time. I have friends there.
There! See! You can have lunch with one of them, then.
That sounds really good. I will join in with the jealousy, but not too much, since I live across the country. ;)
It seems that this phenomenon isn't restricted to LA, so you might find similar trucks in your area. Internet search time!
Most likely candidate would be NYC or Atlantic City, neither of which I really ever feel like going to due to expenses. The only food truck I've even ever been to is R U Hungry, which according to my fellow alumni was a graduation requirement. ;)
I'm pretty sure that there's trucks of this ilk in NY, so maybe someday...