Food Truck love rolls into the 1st Annual LA Street Food Fest

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At certain times, especially when it involves food — is when you just have to make your way out of the 818. The occasion is the LA Street Food Fest tomorrow — Saturday, February 13 at the LA Studio Center in Downtown LA. Consider it a giant Valentine to the food truck love rolling around the streets of Los Angeles these days.

Sonja Rasula and Shawna Dawson.

The LA Street Food Festival is the brainchild of native Angelenos Shawna Dawson and Sonja Rasula. Photo:

It’s an outdoor festival featuring over 35 of the best food trucks around, including: The Buttermilk Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Sweets Truck, Fresser’s, Frysmith, Cool Haus, Get Shaved, Slice Truck, Flying Pig, Fishlips and Komodo. It’s “pay as you go” (cash only) for special sampling menus priced $1-$5.

The big news? Chef Ludovic Lefebvre, the Top Chef Master contestant, former executive chef of L’Orangerie and Bastide, who’s been popping up at restaurants all over town guerilla-style, will ‘pop up’ at the Festival, serving his famous fried chicken in bite size pieces — in a truck for one day only.

Chef Ludo Lefebre will be in a truck with his famous chicken for one day only.

Chef Ludo Lefebre will be in a specially made truck with his famous fried chicken— it's a one day only affair.

There will be street food off the truck as well with street food vendors from Boyle Height’s Breed Street scene, plus Rodolfo’s Barbacoa, Hello Lupe’s Pancakes, the Monsieur Egg Cart, and North Hollywood’s Antojitos Carmen.

Buttermilk Truck, biscuit.

A breakfast biscuit sandwich from The Buttermilk Truck. Photo: The Buttermilk Truck

Also, on the street — wine and beer will be available on a donation basis to benefit the LA Regional Food Bank; make DIY valentines for free; live entertainment; have photos taken at the Oh! Snap photo booth.

Interested in shopping? Check out the Valentine’s Marketplace featuring local designers and artists with jewelry, clothing, baby items, gourmet edibles, art, plush dolls and more.

Frysmith Trucks's Rajas Fries: Fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with Jack cheese.

Frysmith Truck's Rajas Fries: Fire-roasted poblano chiles, caramelized onions and shawarma-marinated steak with jack cheese. Photo: Frysmith Truck

The LA Street Food Fest is the brainchild of native Angelenos Shawna Dawson, a marketing and social media whiz who owns Sauce LA, and Sonja Rasula, a designer, journalist and community currator, and the Founder and Director of UNIQUE LA (the largest independent design+art show in the country).

1st Annual LA Street Food Fest, Saturday, February 13th, 11am – 5pm General Admission will be available at the door the day of the event on a first-come first-served basis. Includes entry to the festival, a free drink ticket, cool giveaways. LA CENTER STUDIOS (Enter on 500 S. Beaudry Ave, LA, CA 90017)

Coohhaus Truck's cookie and ice cream sandwich.

Coohhaus Truck's cookie and ice cream sandwich. Photo: Coolhaus Truck

Park/Ride/Bike: Attendees are encouraged to take the METRO, bike, skate and skip to the festival. The venue is a close walk from the 7th & Fig METRO stop. (You can plan your trip here). They are offering FREE BIKE VALET at the festival, with a separate entrance on Bixel Ave. For those driving, there is plenty of parking available both on surrounding streets and in neighboring parking lots. Info:

Karen Young is the Editor/Publisher of My Daily Find.

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  • L.R. Wehrli

    I want to go, but must teach all day on Saturday. I’ve encouraged my teen students to go so I can enjoy this nosh fest vicariously. We need to consider hosting this event in the SFV, maybe at CSUN or Valley College and include some sort of fundraiser?

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