Saturday was about the perfect weather you could have the “Lumpia Palooza” Food Festival at the SOMA StrEat Food Park. Clear skies and sunny. So we had to get there early to secure seats and, of course, take advantage of our $35 all-you-can-drink tickets. Seating at this event was pretty tough to find. In the middle of the food truck park was a covered area with several large tables. The park itself wasn’t quite large and with over 15 vendors, things were quite packed at this event. We had lucked out on seating.
The event to celebrate the wonderful Filipino food staple of the lumpia was well received. Most vendors had their own rendition. But like all true foodies, and there were a ton of them there, they were there to check out the Filipino food vendors. Unfortunately for us, the lines for the beer were as long as the popular food lines. We had to choose and beer won, and as a consolation prize, we had lumpia. Those were much easier to obtain. I wish I had a chance to try the lechon. I guess that warrants another trip. Stay tuned for that.
Overall, a great little eating venue to start the night before heading out into town. Bonus that there are plenty of bars within walking distance.
Verdict: A good glimpse into the food truck scene and worth a try.
Pretty difficult to navigate through as people stood around to eat and drink. But everyone was aware of that and getting by only involved a tap on the shoulder. Actually, it could have been that they were in line... AND eating.
Yeah, it took a while to get a beer. Things moved fast at times, but there was really no line separation for pre-payers and cash. Cash in hand patrons figured out our line moved faster. So they hopped in our line and caused everything to move at the same rate. Painful.
If you look closely, you'll notice that this cheesesteak truck also offered lumpia.
I need to find their permanent spot so I can try their lechon. They were out early in the day. At least I had a chance to try the pork rinds.
Oh they were making batch after batch of this stuff and selling out as fast as the cook could dump and season this crunchy spicy goodness. This was as fresh as you can get.
Inside we held onto our table with a clear view of the baseball game... which was on commercial break in this shot. Duh!
Now the lumpia. There were so many versions, even vegetarian. All very good with beer. Maybe it was the beer. Maybe it was the fresh out of the deep fryer crispiness. I don't care. Get me more!
My dinner. Chunks of fresh tuna, salad, and rice. I can't say this was mind blowing, but I can't say it was bad either. Poke shops have definitely made their way into NorCal. So the competition was tough and this was okay.
We kept these coming as fast as we could. The warm weather and cold beverages made these guys disappear almost immediately.