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Jul 11, 2011 03:57 PM

Eat Real vs. LA Street Food Fest

Perhaps it's further proof of LA's further expansion as a culinary destination but, this weekend sees two food festivals that sound somewhat similar in scope and thus, placed in direct competition with each other.

From the East, and the foothills of Pasadena, striding in for its second year after an auspicious, well-hyped and well-attended debut, is LA Street Food Fest at the Rose Bowl.

From the West, and the flatland side of Culver City, comes the ambitious Oakland import to the Helms Bakery, Eat Real Fest, boasting free admission.

Any fellow 'Hounders planning to attend both or one over the other? Eager to hear why either way.

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  1. The weekend of Caramageddon? Tough for Valley folks to get to Culver City.

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    1. re: reality check

      Good gosh, reality check (how so apropos to this discussion), I utterly neglected that 20 elephants in the room aspect. Yikes!

    2. Yeah with Carmageddon it's a pretty easy decision for someone like me who lives on the westside. Going to Eat Real and taking the bus. Shoot down Washington on the Culver City Bus Line #1. Drop off right in front of Helms and Washington.

      1. Both events look really cool!!
        Hands down, I'll be at the Rose Bowl @ LA Street Food Fest. They've got free shuttles from the gold line and Michael Boltaggio!! Plus Jonathan Gold. Go with the Gold!

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        1. re: kdolla

          Oppps, I got so's Michael "Voltaggio"!!

        2. I might hit Eat Real if only because I live about 10 minutes from Culver City and I need to check if Surfas sells French presses. Plus, there are a few art openings in CC on Saturday, so that makes for cool weekend plans.

          1. 1 is a collection of parked food trucks chock full of SYSCO products, the other focuses on crafted artisanal food.

            I like Oakland far better than Pasadena, and will be in Culver, despite living on the Eastside.

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            1. re: TonyC

              Both festivals look great, and people should look at the list of vendors and go with the food.

              But, to be accurate, both festivals have about the same number of "gourmet trucks", and neither of these festivals will be in Oakland. Pasadena and Culver City are somewhat similar I'd say, but this isn't even relevant.

              Only 14 of over 60 vendors at LA Street Food Fest are "gourmet trucks", the rest are chefs, street stands, traditional trucks, and ice cream shops. Anyone can check the website to verify

              Eat real has a great market place of vendors selling their craft artisanal foods and eats that are mostly "gourmet food trucks".

              Two great choices this weekend, go to one, go to both, but let's start with the truth about the options.

              Most of all, I hope people get out this weekend and enjoy some fantastic events and don't get discouraged by Carmageddon. Rooting for both events to be successful, and will be at both.

              1. re: streetgourmetla

                Carmageddon, shmarmageddon. That's what buses and trains (and a good book) are for.

                I'll be at Eat Real because I'm presenting, but I'll be thinking about LASFF... and streetgourmetla is right, LASFF is sort of head and shoulders above things like OC Foodie Fest; they actually don't disdain the O.G. loncheras.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I think Metro is offering free train and maybe bus fare, this weekend.

                  But, since no trains, for right now, go to Culver City, if you're in the Valley, it would be tough to make it to Culver City. Unless you have four hours to waste on the commute, between 45 mins to 90 mins to get to Union Station from the Valley and then however long to get to Culver City.

                  1. re: reality check

                    The Orange, Red and Purple lines are free and several bus lines are free, including the 733 Rapid ("RINO"—Rapid In Name Only) bus, which goes straight to the gate of Eat Real.

                    I myself have to drop my daughter off in Arcadia and will be taking the Gold Line to the #733 bus. It's 25 minutes from any point on the Red Line to Union Station.

                    1. re: Das Ubergeek

                      That maybe what the schedule says, but in reality, from North Hollywood Station, it's usually 35-40 mins, to get to Union Station. Though if you were going to Culver City, is there a bus from 7th and Metro station?

                      1. re: reality check

                        I commute that all the time—my bus to Burbank leaves from NoHo Red Line—and it takes 25-28 minutes on nearly every occasion. The Rapid bus leaves from Patsaouras, which is adjacent to Onion Station.

                        To get from 7th/Metro to Eat Real requires a change of bus, at which point you might as well change trains and head east three stops.

                        1. re: Das Ubergeek

                          I take the Red Line often, from NH to Union Station and that trip is always in the 35-40 mins range. If I go to the last stop of the Orange Line, add another 30-40mins, just to get to NH.

                          1. re: reality check


                            No traffic anywhere on the 10 today. I haven't seen 101 this dead on a Saturday morning in... this decade.

                            Eat Real 1, 405 0.

              2. re: TonyC

                as much as I love disparaging comments, this one is not of particular value without a little more information