By Mitchell Wilburn | Las Vegas City Life
The fourth biannual gathering of all food trucks pulled together is upon us. The Las Vegas Foodie Fest has been the biggest gathering of mobilized food in the area with more than 30 gourmet food trucks expected Oct. 18-20.
The Silverton Casino Hotel will play host to nearly every recognizable name in the food truck business, including the universally lauded Fuku Burger and its enigmatic owner, Collin Fukunaga. Their particular brand of Asian fusion will surely be one of the many highlights in this collection of both locally and nationally renowned food trucks.
Tickets are $10 for a three-day smorgasbord of unique food. Kids under 54” (That’s 4’6” or 137cm for the metrically inclined) get in completely gratis. Naturally, children under that height still have to pay for the actual food from the vendors themselves, or at least get their parents to pay for it.
There are exclusive VIP tastings and event packages starting at $50. The VIP treatment includes a valet, a lounge, a hassle-free entrance, and even an open bar hosted by Lee’s Discount Liquor. A beer garden, with more help from Lee’s, will add festivities to the event, with selections to compliment the veritable rainbow of flavors.
And if participating in the real thing isn’t enough, you can watch others eat themselves to contentment in an eating contest! One of several side shows, which in the past has included hip-hop dance crews and live music.
For things confirmed for the young and young at heart, there is a carnival as well. As an attraction for those less inclined for the Zipper and Gravitron, there is a car show for all the gear heads.
Among the many food trucks traveling here for the event, the wildly successful Butttermilk truck will be making its way from Los Angeles. Patrons can sample the brioche doughnuts and rosemary garlic hash that made the truck a darling in the City of Angels. Jogasaki, another LA favorite, will be providing their unique remedy to the travel-ability of a sushi roll, by making it into a burrito and giving it the handheld portability it has needed.
There will be no shortage of dessert, as Fat Daddy’s (Las Vegas local custom ice cream truck) will be there to back up Sin City Cupcakes, Fluff Ice, Tropical Shave Ice, Oso Ono Shave Ice, The Funnel Cake Café, and The Cookie Bar. The Cookie Bar is known for both alcohol-infused and non-alcoholic cookies with names like “Chocolate Mojito” and “Drunk Pumpkin Punch.” And for that special kind of state fair experience, the truck “Wow Candy Wow” will be giving us the satisfyingly decadent experience known as “deep fried battered candy bars.”
The event will run Friday 4 p.m.-midnight, Saturday noon-midnight, and Sunday noon-10 p.m. Go towww.lasvegasfoodiefest.com for more information. The Silverton is located at 3333 Blue Diamond Road of Interstate 15. CL