As a foodscape, Los Angeles can be a little overwhelming at times. Between chasing down the Big Gay Ice Cream truck and keeping tabs on Eataly LA's latest developments, being a foodie can be a never-ending quest to find the latest and greatest.
Which is why we're so grateful for the Los Angeles Street Food Festival. Now in its fourth year, the June 29 fest brings hidden gems and new concepts from all over the Southland to the Rose Bowl stadium for one massive day of feasting and drinking. The summer tasting event features over 100 food vendors, a Singha beer garden, an ice cream social and dessert area and a concert stage. And for Angelenos with a craving for Mexican food (which means all of us), event partner Taste of Mexico will be commandeering their own corner of the stadium to feature stands from the Ceviche Project and Casa Oaxaca.
Tickets cost $50 for general admission and $75 for VIP entrance, and the number of spots is capped to 5,000 to make sure the festival doesn't turn into one massive line. Entry to the event gets you all-you-can-eat food and drink, plus free parking and an Uber credit.
If the ticket prices seem a little steep for street food, consider this: Where else would you get the chance to try local treasures like World Empanada, a father-and-son catering business that operates out of the back of a Burbank liquor store?
The event also features Jonathan Gold favorites like Lazy Ox Canteen, Starry Kitchen and Guelaguetza, as well as tried-and-true spots like Yuca's, the Grilled Cheese Truck and the Lobos Truck.
Add ceviche tostadas from Bell Gardens restaurant El Coraloense and a fancy donut from the delivery-only company Donut Snob, and you've got an only-in-LA potluck.
A ceviche tostada by El Coraloense in Bell Gardens.
The Huffington Post was invited to a little preview of the stadium picnic on Monday. Take a look at some of the note-worthy foods and people from the event.
Husband-and-wife team Octavio and Shannon Olivas have been running this ceviche pop-up for more than a year, staging at SoHo House, Esparanza and Dominic's. Plans are currently in the works for a brick-and-mortar ceviche bar. Pictured: Shrimp ceviche with uni habanero salsa and avocado mousse.
It's a family affair at this Bell Gardens restaurant. Maria Curie (right), with her children Marco and Natalie Curie, serve up a shrimp ceviche dish called camarones ahogados.
Janeen Gudelj is passionate about LA's status as the donut capital of the nation. Her year-old delivery and catering business Donut Snob is thriving, she said, because people are loving her elevated versions of the fried cake. True to her company's name, Gudelj sniffed at our inclusion of two baked donuts in a list of the best donuts in Los Angeles. After tasting her donuts, we don't blame her.
Leilani Lopez (l) and Gloria Caceres stand proudly behind the restaurant's signature dish, cochinita pibil. The pork is slow-cooked and served over tortillas. "We make this better than anyone else in the world, said owner Dora Herrera (not pictured) to HuffPost. "You could go to Yucatan and come back and you'd say this is better."
Husband and wife team Rogelio and Angelica Martinez operate a restaurant in Santana, Calif. and said they were proud to bring a taste of Oaxaca, Mex. to Los Angeles. Pictured: fried squash blossom with quesillo, surrounded by an espazote huitlacoche sauce.
Father-and-son team Matthew (l) and Carlos Hirtz run their empanada catering business out of the back of a liquor store in Burbank. They'll be serving carnitas, Santa Fe Chicken, beef, quinoa and lentil empanadas at the Street Food Fest.
Short Order at The Farmer's Market is keeping it sweet and simple with these cups of pickles and pimiento cheese. Pictured: Pickles and toast with pimiento cheese.
Claudia Gonzalez worked in corporate marketing before she started Chunk-n-Chip in 2007. Her menu for the Street Food Fest features three signature (and wacky) ice cream sandwich flavors.
This story has been updated with more details about the event.