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Your Complete Guide To OOZEFEST 2016, The Cheesiest Festival Ever


Just when you thought things couldn’t get any cheesier, the sequel to Oozefest is upon us, as over 50 of southern California’s prominent restaurants and breweries are gathering in Santa Ana to celebrate all things cheese.

Last year’s event was pretty epic, featuring oozing goodness such as Mozzarella Bun Burgers, cheesy cotton candy and even the world’s tallest grilled cheese stack.

This year’s festival will look to surpass last year’s hype, and if you look at the scheduled line-up, it will absolutely do so.

Oozefest is quickly becoming the premier go-to food festival for cheese lovers, as last year proved that the event could bring out the best in So Cal chefs, asking them to think outside the box, and provide a food experience that cannot be found anywhere else, including their own restaurants.

With that said, it’s time to get your taste buds excited, as this is the cheesy goodness you’ll have to look forward to at Oozefest Pt. 2.

NOTE: This covers a majority of our vendors, but some are choosing to debut an item at the festival. Vendors also subject to last minute changes. Check which vendors are on which day on

Grits Fullerton: Grits Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese at a cheese festival is a given, and Grits is coming in strong, stuffing it with bacon, jalapeno grits, jam, cheddar and port salut, all between sourdough bread.

SideDoor 5Crowns: Lamb Cheesesteak Sandwich

Side Door’s lamb cheesesteak is as dope as it sounds. Stuffed with lamb meat and topped with veggies, this cheesesteak is then smothered in a cheese sauce that’ll have you drooling.

Slater’s 50/50: Vampire Dip

Slater’s has built its reputation on crazy burgers, but they’re taking a step back from their forte and whipping out a dope artichoke dip, instead. This thing is going to be loaded with garlic, so this would be the perfect time to check if your date is secretly a vampire.

Elbows Mac and Cheese: QueSo Caliente Mac n Cheese

Mac & cheese is Elbows’ specialty, and they’re rolling into Oozefest with something special. Their macaroni will be mixed with ghost pepper, provolone, and cheddar cheese. Topped with Mexican shredded beef, seasoned taco shell crumbs, guacamole, a tomato and red pepper salsa, sour cream, and house made shredded beef taquitos on the side.

Chapter One: Duck Croquetas

If you’ve never had duck before, you can get your bill wet with Chapter One’s Duck Croquetas. It’s a shredded duck-filled ball that’s breaded and deep fried before getting smothered in lime crème fraîche and queso fresco.

Pour Vida Latin Flavor: Cheeseburger Taco

Cheeseburgers and tacos are perfectly amazing on their own, but put them together and you have magic. With a housemade tortilla, the Cheeseburger Taco comes with shredded cheese, Kobe ground beef, shredded cheese, shredded ice berg lettuce, house made thousand island and a roma tomato.

Puesto Mexican Street Food: Pork Belly and Chorizo Tacos


How do you upgrade a chorizo taco? Add pork belly, of course. This bad boy has chorizo, seared pork belly, goat cheese, creamy jalapeño salsa, salsa negra, pickled red onions, and microgreens on a blue corn tortilla.

Treatery: Strawberry Cheesecake S’more


In the midst of all the festival’s cheese pulls and dripping cheddar, you’re eventually going to want some dessert, and that’s where Treatery is going to come in beautifully. Their s’more is going to consist of strawberries on a graham cracker, with a cream cheese marshmallow sandwiched in.

The kebab Place: Open Face Gyro

The Kebab Place is coming in hot with a beef/lamb mixed gyro, topped with fresh cucumber, roma tomato, tzatziki, house cilantro sauce and crumbled feta.

Slapfish: Lobster Taquitos

Slapfish won the people’s vote at last year’s Oozefest, and this year they’re coming back with lobster taquitos filled with pure Maine lobster, cheddar cheese, creamy clam chowder and their signature Slapfish hot sauce.

Green2Go Brea: Gluten and Egg Free Mac & Cheese


After loading up on all the fried food, you’ll probably want to invest your body in something a bit healthier, and that’s where Green2Go will help you out. While their mac & cheese is mixed with delicious candied bacon and maple bacon Kettle chips, you’ll be happy to know that it’s egg-free and has zero gluten.

Infinity Sauce: Jalapeno Boats


Infinity Sauce’s Jalapeno Boats will have a cream cheese base, infused with Infinity’s chipotle hot sauce, topped with chorizo, then layered with melted cheddar cheese. The Infinity fun doesn’t stop there, as they’ll also be creating a giant hot sauce tower.

Surfas Culinary District: Wolf Pup Braised Pork Belly with Pomme Aligot

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Surfas’ offering is a mouthful to say, but totally worth putting in your mouth. An IPA Braised pork belly, raclette and 2-year-Australian cheddar blended Aligot with parsley citrus salad.

Sit Low Pho: Jalapeno Ham and Cheese Egg Roll

These aren’t your typical egg rolls, as Sit Low Pho is adding some spice to them, and keeping the cheese pulls at a maximum level. Stuffed with cream cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta, you’re definitely going to have fun with this stretchy cheese sensation.

Shuck Oyster Bar: Yakitory Style Shrimp Balls

Shuck is putting together a shrimp and beef meatball skewer that’s covered in cheddar cheese sauce. With three per skewer, you better come hungry and ready to control that dripping cheese.

The Iron Press: Chicken Mac & Cheese Waffle

Walking into Oozefest with some serious waffle swag, The Iron Press is grilling waffles with mac & cheese, chicken, and bacon all hiding within its fluffy squares.

Urbana Anaheim: Choriquezo Doblatida

Urbana’s Choriquezo is almost like a mini quesadilla, stuffed with chorizo and Oaxaca cheese. They top it with a tangy habanero salsa and some crema, giving you a delicious little taste of Mexico with every bite.

Citizen Kitchen: Caciocavallo Impiccato

When a dish is hard to pronounce, you know it’s good. Citizen Kitchen’s hanging Caciocavallo is spread on a white truffle-yeast donut (not cake donut, so it’s more like bread than a sweet donut). Then it’s topped with sliced Granny Smith Apples, house dried oregano and white truffle oil. The videos circulating online from various Oozefest previews have been receiving hundreds of thousands of views:

Cafe Calacas: Queso Fundido Chorizo Brioche Donut

What’s in a name? In this case, everything. This buttery brioche donut is going to be smothered in a Mexican favorite called queso fundido, which is an oozing melted cheese, sort of like a raclette.

Sgt Pepperoni’s Pizza Store: Balls Deep

Sgt. Pepperoni is going balls deep with a cheese-stuffed meatball that’s covered in a deep fried cheese-dough dome. A side of marinara lets you dip your balls, and get a cheesy sensation like no other.

Chomp Eatery: Unicorn Grilled Cheese

The Unicorn Grilled Cheese is a colorful mix of four cheeses that looks like someone melted a rainbow and smashed it in between a couple slices of bread. Get your camera phone ready, because this one has “Instagram likes” written all over it.


Nacho Nation: Los Angeles Pizza Nachos



What’s a cheese festival without nachos? Nacho Nation is going to hook you up with their Los Angeles Pizza Nachos. These aren’t your standard, run of the mill, 6-year-old’s birthday party kind of nachos, these consist of fresh corn tortilla chips, spicy marinara sauce, shredded mozarella cheese, sliced pepperoni, beef chorizo, black olives, oregano, and a ranch & marinara sauce drizzled over top.

Bruxie: B.A.M.F.

Bruxie is a OG in the Orange County waffle scene and they’ll be at Oozefest, offering another crazy creation. Their B.A.M.F. lives up to its name as the waffle will be topped with fried chicken, cheese and their buffalo sauce.

TLT Food: Blue Crab Grilled Cheese

TLT is strolling through their famous Blue Crab Grilled Cheese. Yes, it’s the same TLT that won season two of the Great Food Truck Race and their grilled cheese consists of Blue Crab, a special cheese Blend, scallions, jalapeños, sambal, on grilled sourdough.

VIP Beer Vendors

Modern Times Brewery: Oneida Pale, and Fruitland Gose

Good Beer Co + FOODBEAST Collab: Santa Ana Saison With Cranberry and Orange Zest


Reverend Nat Cider: Sour Cherry Cider, and Revival Cider


4 Sons Brewing Co: Cinnamon Raisin Belgian Quad

Laguna Beach Beer Co: Greeters Pale Ale, and Canyon Road Red Ale

Unsung Brewing Co: An Amber Lager with Cacao Nibs

Acoustic Ales: Shake Your Money Maker Brown Ale, and Ginger Mule

Saint Archer Brewing: Mosaic DIPA


Notable Marketplace Vendors

While the VIP restaurants above are going to be lit, the Marketplace is going to be just as loaded with pretty crazy pay-as-you-go food options.


Kogi BBQ: Kimchi Grilled Cheese

The legendary food truck that fused Korean and Mexican food, will be making a special appearance in the Oozefest Marketplace, slinging a Kimchi Grilled Cheese Sandwich. If you’ve never had a chance to try the Godfather of food trucks, here’s your shot.

The Naughty Churro: Pizza Churro

The Naughty Churro is definitely Rookie of the Year in the festival scene, making serious noise at the 626 Market with a colorful cotton candy churro ice cream sandwich and churro chicken sandwich. Now he’s making noise with a pizza stuffed churro that already has social media buzzing.

Mess Hall Canteen: Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese Sandwich

This monstrous grilled cheese will be stuffed with not just mac & cheese, but pulled pork mac & cheese. This thing has some serious girth, and if you’re planning to take a picture of it, you better clear out some space on your phone for this massive sandwich.

All Flavor, No Grease: Extra Cheesy Quesadilla

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This is really a treat for Oozefest-goers, as the famous Watts quesadilla spot is leaving its Los Angeles post for the first time and slanging its colossal quesadillas at this festival.

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This Former NIKE Designer Is Behind Foodbeast’s Foray Into Streetwear [INTERVIEW]

Recently, Foodbeast unveiled some rad t-shirts in collaboration with CHOMP Brand. From the clean, bold designs, you clearly see the food innuendo and trademark Foodbeast swagger. Well, with the help of talented designer and man behind CHOMP, Joshua Ariza, this whole collabo would have never happened. Having designed for established brands like Nike and Stance Socks, Ariza is an expert on flipping a fresh graphic to make a statement. This time around, he lent his personal touch to the realm of food.

We spoke to Joshua about the slick imagery on these dope tees, revealing his reason for linking up with the champion peddlers of food porn. Needless to say, it was a match made in foodie heaven.

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Reach: Tell us a little about CHOMP Brand.

Joshua: So CHOMP is basically playfully irreverent, neo-type fashion. It bridges the gap between entertainment and apparel. I just started it as something that was reactionary to a lot of things that were happening in the marketplace. There were these brands that I felt weren’t a good representative of who I was, or people like me that either surf and skate. I really looked to brands like Stussy and Freshjive, so I wanted to start something out that was sort of a cult-like following like that. It doesn’t really react so much to trends. Mostly, we cover the topics of surf, skate, and food — just general silliness — it’s really meant to be a good time.

Reach: What’s the story behind the name CHOMP?

Joshua: I was looking for an onomatopoeia. Something that was easy to spell, something that people could easily remember. I already knew that we were going to do a lot of tees centered around food, so I wanted to make sure that it was relevant. Actually, my wife picked the name. We wanted something that we really could brand. The word ‘chomp’ isn’t a word that we really use all that much, but it’s a word that we’re all familiar with. It’s easy to spell and also kids can remember it.

Reach: How did this collaboration with Foodbeast come about?

Joshua: I love Foodbeast! My friend put me on to you guys and I like the tone of your content. I think it’s really, really funny. I think your audience would really relate to my audience. My audience really likes food, they like Foodbeast’s voice. They react to your guys’ irreverence. Overall, it just speaks straight to our consumer, except that Foodbeast covers food. I wanted to do something along the subject matter with food, so doing a collaboration with Foodbeast was a perfect way to do that.

Reach: What was your particular mindset going into designing this collection of tees with Foodbeast?

Joshua: With everything involving CHOMP, I want everything to feel like, ‘Why haven’t I seen this before?’ Something like, you get the idea right away, but are sort of puzzled as to why this hasn’t already existed. And I also wanted to cover the tone of voice that CHOMP and Foodbeast both have — it’s playful, it’s funny, you want to tag all of your friends in it, but it’s kind of weird and niche at the same time. So the mind state I went in with was with the question, ‘How would surf and skate relate to food culture?’ Skulls, lightening bolts, sharks — those kinds of things relate to skate stuff.


Reach: Can you give us the details behind some of these designs you came up with for the collection?

Joshua: For the shark design, I had seen on Pinterest someone peel open a banana and carve the front end of it into a dolphin. I thought this was hilarious! Now I thought, ‘What if I did it with a shark?’ It’s also innuendo, man. So it’s funny in that way. The commentary of ‘Stay Slippery’ sort of relates to being a greaseball, being a troublemaker. We animated these designs because they’re primed to be funny and sort of be an extra step towards entertainment. For the pizza lightening bolt, pizza has sort of been the staple of just stuff that we comment on. Lightening bolts are relevant to surf culture — there’s a brand called Lightening Bolt —  and lightening bolts are just rad imagery, we wanted to make something that had that look to it and was also in the genre of food. It kind of just popped into my mind when I was looking at a friend’s pizza thinking, ‘What other shapes can I make this into?’ I drew it in like 30 minutes and ever since then, it’s been my favorite piece out of all of them.

Reach: Who’s the ideal person to rock this CHOMP x Foodbeast collaboration?

Joshua: Whether you surf, you skate, or you just don’t really care about what fashion trends are out there, you’re just out there to have fun, that’s the guy we’re aiming at. Besides that, I think that what we want for people to get out of the brand is that — we want to start sort of a cult behind this. So it’s like we have a relationship with our audience and they’re in on this joke. They get it right away, it doesn’t need much explaining. It’s a simple inside joke between us.


You can now cop the CHOMP Brand x Foodbeast tees HERE and be the flyest dressed foodie worthy of a proper #OOTD post.