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California's Santa Anita Derby to Bring Together 80 Food Trucks

Where: 285 W. Huntington Dr. [map], Arcadia, CA, United States, 91007
April 1, 2011 at 12:21 PM | by | ()

Horse-racing fans are getting pumped for Santa Anita Derby. The April 9 race is the last major California stakes for three-year-olds advancing to the Kentucky Derby. But this weekend, the races will be secondary to the massive Santa Anita Food Truck Festival II that will take over the racetrack.

About 80 food trucks from all over Southern California will drive into Arcadia, 14 miles northeast of downtown L.A., for the April 2 festival. They will roll up to the racetrack's infield. Some wildly popular trucks will be cooking up their gourmet goods, including Great Food Truck Race competitors Crepes Bonaparte, Nom Nom Truck and Ragin' Cajun.

Food truck fans will also be chomping at the bit to have dishes from a number of can't-miss trucks. The Grilled Cheese Truck turns comfort food up a few notches with cheesy mac and rib, mac and cheese with barbecue pork and caramelized onions stuffed between two slices of bread, and or subbing double-cream Brie, fig paste and almonds for regular cheddar. The Lobsta Truck brings a piece of New England to SoCal with its signature lobsta rolls—fresh lobster meat on a toasted split-top roll—clam chowder and Cape Cod chips.

The racetrack held its inaugural food truck fest back in January and was overwhelmed with the response, so this go-around, organizers tripled the food trucks. There also will be a gastropub, wine bar and beverage stations sprinkled throughout the infield.

Of course, the event won't be horse-racing-free. A 10-race card will be featured at the festival. There also will be live music, and pony rides, face painting and carnival games for the kiddies. A $5 admission charge will get you into the fest; kiddie offerings will cost a couple of bucks more. The festival will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the first race post time at 12:30 p.m.

[Photo: Kevitivity]

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