We came, we drank, we stood around, we got sun burnt, we took pix, we left.
Note above non-sentence did not include “eating”. I’m just being truthful because… well… we didn’t actually eat at this “food” festival. I know people worked beyond hard, from Grace, the PR gal, to Jenni, to Pauline (hustling at the beer tent) to the dozens of other KAC folks I do not know, but there was no battling the elements created by supposedly 10,000 people trafficking through an area designated for 1500.
Personally, the festival only represented a re-awakening of the general public’s interest in a fun part of Korean cuisine. We’ve already been to 50% of the vendors and eating at an inaugural festival borders on masochism. We were there for the show: to See Mr. Gold! and Russ Parson! and Ms. Evan Kleiman! sweat it out as judges.
By the way, I “hear” Moo Dae Po (and hence Moo Dae Po II) won. How an AYCE BBQ restaurant wins a BBQ cook off, I really do not know. Should you use this judging panel, at this setting, as the ultimate truth to the best KBBQ in LA K-town? I hope not. I know my fave of all the participating restaurants: the joint that serves a $50 combo which includes a big ass 10+ oz raw slab of ribeye at the end of the meal. You know, as dessert. O wait, you don’t already know? And that’s why you read restaurant review blogs? SUCKAS.
Herewith are some visuals, click on images to enlarge:
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