This Saturday residents of Long Beach and surrounding areas can experience gourmet food, listen to great music, and relax in the park at the same time. Better yet, the cost of admission goes to charity. The Long Beach Street Food Fest is coming to Rainbow Lagoon Park, Saturday, July 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the event will include dozens of food trucks from the Southern California area.
Food trucks are similar to the catering trucks you might see at places such as construction sites. However, these food trucks each have a specialty that they bring to the public. They are more like restaurant kitchens on wheels.
Buttermilk sells breakfast food, and not just doughnuts and breakfast burritos. Their menu includes Hawaiian bread cinnamon French toast sticks and fried chicken with house-made cinnamon waffles. They also serve Southwest veggie omelet if for patrons who like their breakfast on the healthier side.
Knockout Tacos appears to serve a very interesting mix of dishes. There are standard tacos, such as pollo asado. However, the menu includes taco fillings such as Jalepeno Teriyaki Chicken, Hawaiian Tuna Poki, and Blackened Shrimp, that sound as if Mexican cuisine has been mixed with Japanese, Hawaiian, and Cajun cuisine. The Blackened Shrimp comes with bacon-cheese grits.
World Fare Bustaurant offers some fascinating dishes. Their menu for today includes such dishes as Worcestershire short ribs with a horseradish creme fraiche. Their sides include truffle macaroni and cheese balls.
Gourmet Genie seems to specialize in Middle Eastern foods with a twist. The menu includes some traditional foods such as falafel and hummus, but they also serve tacos. Their chicken taco is served with cabbage salad, and the menu includes lamb tacos.
Many other fascinating food trucks are expected to make an appearance. There will be a truck that specializes in grilled cheese and one that serves unusual pizzas. Dessert is not left out. There will be an ice cream sandwich truck, a frozen lemonade truck, and the Sweets Truck will provide a wide variety of desserts and sweet snacks.
Rainbow Lagoon Park is located at 710 Shoreline Dr., between Pine and Linden. It is accessible from public transportation. Tickets are $6.00 per person if purchased in advance and $8.00 at the door. Children five years old and under are free. There is an additional cost to buy food from the trucks. The cost of the tickets goes to the Long Beach Junior Chamber of Commerce’s charitable causes, their Adopt-A-Teacher Program and Long Beach City College Student scholarships.
Entertainment will be provided by Blue Steel and Delta Nove. Bring a blanket or chair and plenty of sunscreen, but leave the pets and any outside food and drinks at home.
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