The second annual EastSide Food Festival took place on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Mack Sennett Studios in Silver Lake. Even though it was the third event I attended that day (Brunch at the Races and The Food Event preceded it), it was probably the most fun. But then any event with Starry Kitchen‘s Nguyen Tran in attendance is guaranteed to be a good time!
(Find Nguyen and his wife Thi, the culinary brains behind SK, at Button Mash!)
Even though I arrived somewhat late, I still managed to try a dozen or so dishes, and, after a day of eating, even had room for seconds (and thirds) of some of my favorites. Highlights included Alimento‘s chicken liver crostone, Dune‘s falafel, and Ohana Poke Co.‘s tuna poke.
My top two bites of the night were the mixto tacos, with carnitas, cueritos (pork skin), and buche (pork stomach), from Carnitas El Momo, and the pork shoulder chile verde from B.S. Taqueria. I definitely got extra helpings of each!
I wasn’t sure what to expect from EastSide Food Festival, and some of that was because I didn’t know how much of it I’d get to enjoy because I’d be arriving halfway through the event, and I wasn’t even sure if I’d be hungry. But who was I kidding? I still took down probably 18-20 dishes, including repeats. And I think I arrived right as the early crowds were leaving, because it wasn’t nearly as packed as I had feared, though it was still very lively (see aforementioned presence of Nguyen Tran). I had a really fun time, and it was a great end to a weekend of food festivals!
For more from EastSide Food Festival, check out hashtag #offaloeastside on Instagram!
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EastSide Food Festival
Mack Sennett Studios
1215 Bates Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90029