OC Foodie Fest 2010: A Delectable Success

Sep 07, 2010 by Sarah Roullard

On Saturday, August 28 th, the OC Foodie Fest 2010, cooked up an unbeatable culinary celebration at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

The event featured shopping, a kids’ area, live art, local businesses, beer and wine tastings, live music and an overwhelming selection of exotic food from almost 50 food trucks. The event benefited Child SHARE, Pretend City, and St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels charities. The OC Foodie Fest 2010 sold out, with over 8,500 people in attendance.

Food trucks lined up in rows creating different sections named after Orange County cities, such as “Snackatana,” “Cravine,” and “Foodport Beach.”

The lines at the festival were surprisingly long so our group implemented a strategy–we split up among different food trucks and ordered items for the entire group.

We enjoyed Vizzi Truck’s tapas-like coastal gourmet cuisine such as white truffle popcorn and organic chickpea sliders, fresh crepes from the Crepes Bonaparte, Ludo Truck’s delicious chicken spheres, Cart for a Cause’s carnitas tacos, The Lime Truck’s sandwiches and noodles, and more!

Needless to say, we unabashedly stuffed our faces.

The fusion food craze on wheels was the definitive driving force behind the success of the OC Foodie Fest 2010.

The festival was the perfect opportunity for attendees to taste a variety of treats from the best gourmet mobile fusion food vendors.

We checked out the local vendor’s booths while munching on our foodie purchases where we found giveaways, freebies, promotions, and lots of shopping. The booths offered a great variety of items for sale such as clothing, jewelry, antiques, vinyl records turned into bowls, baby clothes, custom resin coasters and more.

The Artists Area, sponsored by eVocal, featured a mixed media mural created by local artists on-site during the event. The newly created mural as well as other art pieces on display communicated the value and importance of caring for our community. This vibrant display of spontaneity, clearly emphasized OC Foodie Fest’s celebration of the Orange County community.

The Kids Area sponsored by Pretend City offered a fun play and learn zone for children. Parents and their kids were able to have their faces painted, play educational games, perform arts and craft projects, obtain custom balloon animals and more.

The noteworthy line-up of performance groups thrilled Foodie Fest goers. The musical groups Seedless, The New Limb, Dusty Rhodes & The River Band, DJ Roial 1, and others took the stage and rocked the audience.

Dance talent Team Millenia and The Beat Freaks, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, among others, worked up everyone’s appetites; and the music and dance created a special ambiance for the entire event. I was particularly struck by The New Limb’s set. The group’s music was fresh and inspiring, and the band members took command of the stage–dancing and interacting like an energetic group of friends.

To wrap up this delicious day, we indulged in sweets from the bakery truck. The truck’s inconspicuous desert shots were on everyone’s wish list. They were flavorful and mouthwatering, and all we could think about was getting some more. Indeed, many of the food trucks sold out of food.

The first-ever OC Foodie Fest was a sensational success. The celebration incorporated Orange County life, the arts, entertainment, and the best of food truck cuisine. No one left hungry but everyone walked away with a smile on their face

Sarah is the author of brokeintheOC.

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5 Responses to “OC Foodie Fest 2010: A Delectable Success”

  1. Jonathan Soto says:

    Excellent article! I fell like I was there… Congratulations!

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  2. OC Foodie Fest says:

    Thanks for the great write-up! Love the pics and the coverage of the event!

    Glad you were able to be part of the first Foodie Fest in OC! We look forward to seeing you in 2011!

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    Christa Reply:

    @OC Foodie Fest, http://www.yelp.com/biz/oc-foodie-fest-anaheim

    After reading all of the reviews on YELP and then hearing first hand from experiences that others had our group of friends were glad that we didn’t go.

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  3. Raphe says:

    I feel like we weren’t at the same event. There were lines that were way too long. What made this worse is that after waiting over an hour in a few lines we were then told that some or all of their food was sold out. The cost of the parking was outrageous at $15 and throwing out water without warning people ahead of time was completely inappropriate considering they also ran out of water. Lastly, I heard many complaints from those at the fest and they were definitely not smiling.

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  4. Christa says:

    Did you know that there was an event just like this up in the bay area that was FREE! Food trucks at Fort Mason on Friday in San Fran. Then all weekend for 3 days the Eat Real Festival in Oakland.

    FREE!!!!

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