Last weekend, I attended the debut of the monthly TruckIt Fest at Downtown’s iconic Union Station. The festival is a celebration of three things Los Angeles can’t seem to get enough of: food trucks, fashion (hand-crafted jewelry and accessories) and live music. Despite the popularity of food trucks, I was surprised to find that the festival was way bigger than I was even expecting with roughly 5,000 people attending. It took place both inside and outside the station, featuring 40 food trucks, 200 local designers and artisans, live bands and DJs, plus a climbing rock wall.
General admission to the fest costs $5 and kids under 12 are free. I was able to walk there, but could have also just taken the subway one stop and then if I showed my Metro train ticket, we would have received $1 off admission. Along with some other press, we were able to go V.I.P. though ($45), which provides entrance an hour before the crowds; complimentary valet parking; access to a private lounge located in the Fred Harvey Room; a $10 food voucher; and menu service, so guests can order and receive their food from the lounge instead of standing in line like the rest of the guests.
I ate from the Canter's Deli Truck for a yummy pastrami sandwich and a red velvet cake ball and lemonade from Molly's Sweets Truck. Despite the crowds, the lines weren't too bad, but the longest one belonged to Cool Haus for their ice cream sandwiches on the nice sunny warm day. Next time, I'll have to try the Mac N' Roll.
TruckIt fest will take place monthly on the 1st Sunday of every month from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The next one is on Sunday, April 3, see you there!
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