This past Friday, I was able to check out the Great American Foodie Fest that happened the duration of the weekend. You all know me, I love food! And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! We paid an entrance fee ($8 for a day/$15 all weekend if you bought online or $10 a day/$20 all weekend at the door) and it was beyond what I expected. What I thought would just be a plethora of food trucks turned out to be something similar to the Del Mar Fair – live music, entertainment, rides, and lots and lots of food options!
After perusing the whole grounds on what to try first, we ended up trying meat pierogi from Pierogi Truck, a Gourmet Polish and Eastern European Cuisine food truck based here in San Diego. They were like little meat dumplings with a delicious sauce. It was really yummy!
Then Lobster Shack caught my eye, a food truck based in Las Vegas that had so many Lobster entrees to choose from like Lobster Mac N Cheese, Lobster Roll and a Lobster Panini. I wanted to get the most out of the Lobster Shack experience so I opted for the Lobster Panini which was loaded with cheese, tomato, lobster, and a delicious sauce. It was nothing short of amazing! My friend Cheryl said this was her favorite of the bunch!
We got a bit thirsty with the food we’ve tasted so instead of just getting a regular cola or water, we tried Lemonade from Liam’s Lemonade. With a variety of flavors like blueberry, strawberry, original, or tropical fruit, it definitely made me drool in excitement! I love lemonade, and on that hot day – it definitely quenched my thirst. We ended up trying the Strawberry Lemonade, which was delicious! It was big enough for my friend and I to share and even then we couldn’t finish it!
In the midst of all the foodie fest fun, we also took a break from eating to watch a few eating contests and listen to a live band perform. First up was an epic grilled cheese sandwich eating contest. Now this wasn’t just any grilled cheese, this was four slices of bread with every cheese you can imagine melted in between (okay, maybe not all – but I do remember there being goat cheese, cheddar, white cheddar, and a bunch more). Then there was a Nutella eating contest. This one was probably the most fun to watch – it was a competition of six people trying to finish a WHOLE jar of Nutella – it was pretty insane. As much as I love Nutella, I know I wouldn’t be capable of eating all of that in one sitting, no less in probably a matter of 5 minutes or so. Afterwards, a local reggae band Revival performed and I loved their vibes and chill sound.
Because I’m a huge waffle fan, we definitely needed to try something from the WAFL Truck, based in LA. We got the Biscoff Lover Waffle, a flat waffle topped with fresh strawberries, bananas, nutella, and cookie butter. YUM! It was perfect and a great way to end our foodie fest with something sweet.
Now I leave you with some tips that I found useful for foodie fest!
Tips to Survive Your Foodie Fest:
- Come with Fellow Foodies: Go with someone who loves food as much as you do to make the experience worth while. It’ll be easier with what you all decide to try since foodies tend to love to try new food! And it’s just fun to be around like minded people, amiright!?
- Bring Cash: Always bring cash to these things! You’ll never know if a vendor doesn’t accept card, or if they charge an extra fee, or even worse – if you have to take out cash using the on-site ATM which charges you and extra arm and leg as a fee.
- Split your Food: If you’re like me – you tend to want to eat everything in front of you… But please don’t! At these foodie fest type of events, be sure to share – the serving sizes are pretty big – so you don’t over stuff yourself and you can try plenty of other things aside from just one sandwich. Trust me, you’re gonna want to try it all, so go with a foodie friend and split your food so you can try everything that catches your eye!
- Come With An Empty Stomach: For obvious reasons, you probably shouldn’t come if you’ve had a lot to eat already since you’d want to try just about everything there is at the foodie fest!
- Have Fun!: These foodie fests are all about having fun so be open to everything! Who knows, maybe you’ll be willing to enter an eating contest or trying something out of the box like alligator or deep fried ice cream! There’s something for everyone of all ages, so have an open mind and have fun!
I had a ton of fun with my foodie friend, Cheryle! She is the absolute sweetest, and I had a ton of fun documenting our foodie fest and trying these new foods with her. Definitely looking forward to more foodie events like this in the future!