Weekend Event Spotlight: Best of the Best Food Truck Rally

Best of LA Food Truck Rally  
Sat., Oct. 2nd, 2-5 p.m. at Siren Studios: 6063 W Sunset Blvd, Hollywood

There is a new culinary craze that has been sweeping LA and Hollywood area, this new movement is completely void of reservations, exorbitant prices, and salad forks (or any utensils for that matter).  What I am talking about is the current ongoing up rise of Food Truck culture.  From Mexican to Mediterranean cuisine, cold cut sandwiches to ice cream sandwiches; there is an ever increasing variety of innovative culinary creations that can be had at a number of these food trucks.  

This weekend Siren Studios in West Hollywood will host the innagural Best of the Best Food Truck Rally.  The contest will pit 5 of LA’s top food trucks against one another for the title of Best Truck in LA.  The event will feature such iconic culinary cruisers as Dante Fried Chicken, Dim Sum Truck, The Frysmith, Komodo, and Lardon.  These food truck titans will battle it out all day as they will be offering up samples of their best dishes in hopes of being voted the best of LA.  There will also be live entertainment as DJ Franki Chan and Pigeon John will be providing all the tunes for the day. 

Tickets to the event only cost $5 but you must RSVP and purchase your tickets online at http://www.thrillist.com/foodtruckrallyla.   A portion of the proceeds from the event will be given in support to the charity Meals on Wheels West.  Just remember to tell yourself as you are tearing into your second Korean BBQ Burrito that it is all for a good cause.

Just to give some background on the recent Food Truck craze, it wasn’t until a few years ago where the food truck became a sought after meal option.  Before than these mobile meal providers have been rather scarce and limited in their options.   In fact Food trucks have been around for quite some time, dating back to the 1970’s where taco trucks populated Los Angeles street corners serving up tacos and tortas at a very inexpensive price.   Although fast forward to today, there are roughly 6000 food trucks in the greater Los Angeles area, offering up food choices from every imaginable ethnicity, making it fairly easy to find one that would satisfy any cravings.

With so many choices all of which are constantly moving around and posting up at various locations it may appear difficult to track down a particular food truck.   Now thanks to the social media boom, these trucks have taken advantage of such social networking sites as Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare to notify hungry customers of their location schedule, and menu options.  The rise in social media has literally and figuratively put food trucks on the map.  Tech savvy food seekers can now use their smart phone to get in touch with their favorite food truck to find out where they will be located on a particular night.  Also mobile apps have been made available to smart phone owners, allowing them to see which trucks are in their current area and what they are serving up that particular night.

Apps like Los Angeles Street Food and Road Stoves, are designed to help locate some of the best curbside cuisine in your area.  These apps are great because not only do they provide an interactive map that locates different food trucks based on your current location, but both of these apps offer menus items and pricing, twitter feeds, and even driving directions.

 So whether you are just visiting or you have lived here your entire life try and make it out this weekend to the Best of the Best Food Truck Rally in West Hollywood, and take part in a truly unique culinary experience.  And if you can’t make it out to the event be sure to check out any of the apps mentioned to find a food truck that would appeal to you.  And for those of you who do not own a smart phone check online for options or just drive around Hollywood at night and I’m sure you’ll find a food truck close by.   It sure beats waiting 45 minutes for a table or figuring out what 18% of your triple diget bill is.

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