Of all the melting pot cities in the country, I believe Long Beach is the most appropriate one to host a food truck fair. After all, Long Beach is widely known for its cultural diversity and food trucks are known to create fusion flair grub.
I’m talking Korean fried chicken, chimales, Japanese-flavored hot dogs, and Mexi-Terranean burritos. There was all this and much, much more at Saturday’s annual LB Street Food Fest at Rainbow Lagoon Park, hosting over 30 of So-Cal’s hottest food trucks. And on top of being an appropriately cultured city for a summer fest, Rainbow Lagoon Park is surrounded by palm trees and an ocean breeze, perfecting the event.
But if you didn’t make it, here is my categorized round-up of the fabulous food trucks:
Why: The line was insanely long; one San Diego resident planned a weekend in LA to attend this fest and stood in line for an hour to order a Plain & Simple Melt and Cheesy Mac Melt Sandwich because “It’s just delicious and I am never disappointed,” Lucy said.
Why: If you love street art and vibrant colors, you’ll love this truck. Check out the picture
Why: No explanation necessary, but I must mention that the all-beef frank Dogzilla topped with avocado, grilled onions, bacon bits, Furikake seasoning, Japanese mayo and teriyaki sauce was #1 pick of all three of my friends!
Why: Out of the few dessert-specific food trucks at the festival, my friends and I (and the highway patrol men) agreed that the ice cream popsicles Longboard’s offers was the best treat to cool off with. You choose an ice- cream flavor, dark or milk chocolate Ghirardelli sauce, and toppings like Ruffles potato chips or a graham cracker crust.
Why: Chimales are Chinese-Mexican tamales made with fresh masa and stuffed with kung-pao chicken or Chinese BBQ pork, then steamed to cook. They include a side of Chimale salsa made with crushed tomatoes.
Other cool things to highlight were the two amazing bands that kept the crowd jazzed and rockin’ out, the Blue Breeze Band and Blue Steel Rocks. Also, bringing some excitement was the camera crew following Debbie Lee, the 2nd runner up, on the last season of the Food Network’s reality show Food Network’s Star reality. And of course, all the fun that locals and out-of-towners (some from as far away as Fresno, CA) had at Rainbow Lagoon Park at LB Street Food Fest. It was organized by LBJCC Charitable Foundation; with net proceeds benefiting The Adopt-A-Teacher Program, The Long Beach Junior Chamber Chapter, LBCC Scholarships, and the AIDS Food Store, Long Beach.