Everyone is invited to ‘meat up’ at the Meat Street Meat Festival at the Marketplace this Saturday, April 22, from 11am to 11pm at Santa Ana’s Main Place Mall. Food trucks and restaurant chefs will showcase their meatiest creations for guests to try. Smoked, grilled, braised, fried, on a stick, in a sandwich, on a plate, in a taco, even in desserts—-a cornucopia of meat-based delicacies will be available to pique your taste buds. Beef, pork, ham, chicken, lamb, SPAM and more meats will be featured at the Meat Street Meat Fest. Special events will also be the order of the day, with the Halal Guys creating the world’s largest Halal Guys combo platter and also staging a hot sauce challenge. Live on stage, SPAM® will construct the world’s largest SPAM Musabi, the famous Hawaiian delicacy.
Nearly 30 vendors will be trotting out exclusive items for the Meat Street Meat Fest. Slater’s 50/50 will collaborate with the Vulgar Chef to create the Totcho Burger; Bruxie will serve their Angry Mac and Cheese topped with a fried chicken drumstick and applewood bacon; Meat Up BBQ will serve a Texas Chop Sandwich with chopped brisket, pulled pork, smoked bratwurst, scratch-made pickles and house BBQ sauce on a lobster bun; Ninjas With Appetite is making SPAM® Fries out of thick slices of SPAM rolled in panko, deep fried and topped with NWA’s Teriyaki aioli.
Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ will provide the unique BBQ Burnt Ends and Bacon Sundae which is garlic mashed potatoes topped with BBQ burnt ends, Hormel bacon bits, shredded cheese and green onions, drizzled with BBQ sauce and a cherry tomato on top. Burger Monster will be making their Pulgasari Burger, a Korean Angus burger with kimchee aioli, gojuchang BBQ sauce, cabbage slaw, marinated cucumbers, pepper jack cheese and Koream BBQ marinated SPAM. On the dog side, Dragon Dogs will introduce the Foodbeast, a chile verde bacon-wrapped hot dog. Some of the other vendors attending are the Milky Way, Cubed Poke, DogHaus, Elbows Mac and Cheese, Viking Truck, Doner G, Hobo Co. Pizza, Mad Dumplings, The White Rabbit Truck and more.
Chef Jake McPeck, of the Mess Hall Canteen food truck which will be located in the Marketplace section of the Meat Street Meat Festival, had this to say to the L.A. Beat about what he likes:
When asked to participate in “MEAT STREET”, I instantly knew I wanted to create something crazy, that brought out your inner carnivore…’ ‘…that’s when I had the idea of the Beef Shank. I wanted to create something that when someone sees it go out our window people stop and point, and say they have to have it! That’s what makes the Foodbeast events fun because to be successful you have to play the game and create something that plays along with the theme. When I think ‘MEAT STREET’, I think of the Beef Shank.”
The event will consist of two parts, a “Buy as you go” Marketplace and the VIP section with an “all you can eat” theme, plus beer. A portion of every ticket sale goes to support Inspire Artistic Minds. This is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides scholarships to people in the hospitality industry, to attend events or experiences that will inspire them. The event is sponsored by Hormel Foods and Foodbeast, the popular OC-based food publication.
The Meat Street Meat Festival will take place in two parts on Saturday April 22nd, 2017:
Marketplace:will run from 11AM – 11PM, Buy As You Go $10 General Admission
VIP: will host (2) sessions 1PM – 4PM and 5PM – 8PM, All You Can Consume
$60 Standard All-Access Ticket
*Please note, VIP Ticket-holders are also granted access to the Marketplace section of the event
Tickets Available at: foodbeast.ticketspice.com/meat-street
Location: Main Place Mall, southwest corner of outdoor parking area, 2800 N. Main Street, Santa Ana
Meat Street Meat Festival website