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Nov 2, 2011 08:25 PM

Food Truck Festival Santa Anita Question

Hello chowhounds!

Does anyone have any experience going to this festival?

What food trucks are a must try??
It's this Saturday from 11 to 5pm.

Thanks for any info!

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    1. re: catbert

      Thanks catbert!

      That answers my question!
      It's a big NO!
      not fun waiting 2 hrs for some food truck food...
      I usually search first, but I'm been dealing with my son (pre teen) nuf said! Lol
      My mind was somewhere else...

      I'd love to sample some food trucks, is there any you recommend ( not for the festival of course)



      1. re: yesilovestotravel

        I went and it was an absolute nightmare. You have to pay to get in the track, then pay extra to get in the Food Truck area for the privilege of overpaying after you wait an hour just for the crappiest truck. The best trucks, Grilled Cheese Truck and Lobsta Roll truck are easily two hours plus.

        My advice is to skip it and find another truck festival. If you're close to the San Fernando Valley, there are about 50 trucks in Granada Hills every Wednesday and Friday on Chatsorth and Zelzah blocks area. And it's free.

        1. re: yesilovestotravel

          We like the smaller foodie truck events...same great trucks -just not as many-without the crazy long lines. Walnut Valley Educating Foundation has a 6 truck event on Sat Nov 19 - Lime Truck, NomNom, Cool Haus, Don Chow. Only $1+ a canned good for entry!

          1. re: yesilovestotravel

            Seriously, you'll be missing out on a great truck opportunity if you skip Santa Anita tomorrow. They have completely changed their system since the post you refer to. I wish I could go... too much work to do.

        2. I went to the original nightmare. But then I seem to remember reading that they tried it again and got it much better. I can't find the thread...but that's my recollection. If they do it right, it's a nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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          1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

            I remember reading that as well. Lobsta Truck (crab roll with butter) is my absolute favorite. You don't need to get the Whoopie Pies - overpriced. Grilled Cheese Truck is good, too, but nothing you cannot make at home for much less.

            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

              I complained to the events coordinator and had a nice chat with the director who genuinely wanted to hear my feedback which was pretty negative. They limited the number of people the next time, had more trucks, and offered me free tickets. I didn't go, and I don't think I'll ever go to another food truck fest where you have to pay to get in for the privilege of paying for food as NS1 states.

            2. paying money for the privilege of paying for food

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              1. re: ns1

                ns1 is right... I never saw it that way until you mentioned it... i don't want to pay to have to pay... you know what I mean?....

                1. re: yesilovestotravel

                  exactly, which is why I go to events that have a set cost and AYCE/D (like j gold's event)

                2. re: ns1

                  snicker. you could apply that to paid parking...

                  1. re: catbert

                    Santa Anita is one of the most singularly beautiful spots, and one of the classic buildings, in SoCal. Their $4 parking and $8 admission to watch a day of thoroughbred racing is one of the best entertainment values around. And now that the food truck festival in the infield is free... dunno why you'd look elsewhere for a great Saturday afternoon. I like to finish off the day with a couple of drinks at the 100 to 1 across the street... one of the best dive bar deals in town.

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                  1. Their first attempt at the Food Truck Festival was a disaster: they charged a separate, $5 admission, and they had only 26 trucks... waits were up to 2 hours for most of the decent trucks.

                    They've done it twice since and fixed the problems. It's no longer a separate admission, and they tripled the number of trucks, pretty much eliminating waits. The only truck with a significant line last time I went was Grilled Cheese. I enjoyed a lobster roll from Lobsta Truck and tacos from White Rabbit after the second race, which wife went and grabbed after the first.

                    Plus it should be an utterly gorgeous day at Santa Anita. Highly recommended.

                    Lobsta Truck
                    , Los Angeles, CA

                    White Rabbit Cafe
                    8316 Winnetka Ave, Los Angeles, CA 91306