Las Vegas has its share of Food Festivals throughout the year but one of my favorites is the Foodie Fest held at the Silverton Hotel & Casino.
Foodie Fest features some of the best food trucks in the country. The $10 ticket price allows you to attend all three days – an absolutely great move by the promoters. As this event continues to grow it would be great if they put up a few more tents with tables and chairs so people could sit and enjoy all the great food items available.
I took advantage of the multi-day pass as I visited Friday and Sunday with my fellow foodie Cris. On Friday we made rookie mistakes, each ordering our own items. The mistake was we got filled up too quickly.
When we returned on Sunday I was smart enough to figure Cris and I should split the items. This way we could try twice as many items before filling up.
I started out at the Lobstertrap truck and had their Lobster Mac N Cheese. I loved this dish, but this was one of my Friday choices and it was very filling to eat by yourself.
Next up was the Tornado Potato. They take a potato and spiral it on a stick and deep fry it. You can get various different seasonings put on the potato. They also do this with sweet potatoes and zucchini.
I actually did the zucchini and it was good. My buddy had the sausage wrapped inside the Tornado potato. We were starting to get full so it was time for something sweet. We headed over for an elephant ear, which is fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. It was a great way to end Day 1.
On Sunday the plan was to split everything so we could try more. Our first stop was QUP BBQ where we had the Gangsta Grilled Cheese. This was our favorite sandwich of the Foodie Fest, consisting of Mesquite slow-smoked beef brisket plus pulled pork, topped with bacon and toasted on cheesy sourdough bread.
Next we tried AJI Mobile Foods, which served Latin dishes. We had the Tripleta sandwich, which had roast pork, marinated steak, ham, lettuce and tomatoes. It was topped with shoestring French fries. This was a messy but very tasty sandwich indeed.
Then it was a trip to Bacon Mania for Bacon Mac N Cheese, which could have used a little more bacon. We also tried two desserts. Cinni Bites were bite size Cinnamon rolls wrapped in bacon and deep fried then dusted in Cinnamon Sugar. These were simply amazing.
We also had the Brownie Bites that were chocolate brownies wrapped in bacon and deep fried, then drizzled with chocolate syrup. The combination of chocolate and bacon wasn’t as good as the cinnamon rolls and bacon.
The star of Foodie fest was the White Castle Truck as they had the longest lines all three days. People were buying these little burgers by the box of 30. Personally, the line was too long for me so I passed, but it was just crazy watching people going nuts over these burgers.
The Foodie Fest is always a great time with music, carnival rides and great food. If you haven’t been to the Fest yet put it on your list for next year. I give the Foodie Fest a rating of 3.5 Forks out of 4.
Marco D’Angelo is the senior handicapper at Pregame.com. He co-hosts FIRST PREVIEW every Thursday at 10 a.m. on ESPN 1100 AM/98.9 FM. Follow him on twitter: @MarcoInVegas. Contact him at [email protected].