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Monday, May 17, 2010

SF Street Food Festival Seeks Suggestions for CartSpotting Contest

Posted By on Mon, May 17, 2010 at 10:36 AM

click to enlarge Garlic fried plantains from vegan truck Sunny Vibrations. - TAMARA PALMER
  • Tamara Palmer
  • Garlic fried plantains from vegan truck Sunny Vibrations.
SF Street Food Festival, SF Cart Project, and Soul Cocina are planning a CartSpotting contest as a long lead-in to the August festival, and they've asked for the help of our dear, discerning SFoodie readers. A list of 50 different street-food dishes from vendors both legal and informal to be used in this extended cart crawl (which will last nearly four months) is being compiled. Teams will be challenged to take photos of all the dishes in order to earn prizes and street-food-nerd glory, and a few select informal vendors will be chosen by organizers to formalize their businesses for festival day. Have any dishes to nominate? Please leave them on the official Facebook page.

Our suggestions for the contest: garlic fried plantains from Sunny Vibrations, cactus huaraches from El Huarache Loco, and Korean tacos from Namu. These are three dishes that would require participants to experience three different sides of town as well as some diverse culinary ideas.

This is no joke; serious competitors are expected to CartSpot and also compete in a street-food-centric scavenger hunt, the latter once again hosted by Go Game. Hundreds of teams competed in last year's scavenger hunt, which required rapping, acting, and Photoshop skills to take the ultimate title. This will be the first year for the CartSpotting contest.

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