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Your Complete Guide To OOZEFEST 2016, The Cheesiest Festival Ever

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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 Oozefestival.com


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

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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

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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

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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

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

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Reverend Nat Cider: Sour Cherry Cider, and Revival Cider

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4 Sons Brewing Co: Cinnamon Raisin Belgian Quad
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Laguna Beach Beer Co: Greeters Pale Ale, and Canyon Road Red Ale
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Unsung Brewing Co: An Amber Lager with Cacao Nibs
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Acoustic Ales: Shake Your Money Maker Brown Ale, and Ginger Mule
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Saint Archer Brewing: Mosaic DIPA

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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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Watch Popular Chefs Read Their 1-Star Yelp Reviews

The absurdity of Yelp reviews lives on. Everyone is a critic, and oftentimes the least sensible reviews come at the hands of 1-star reviewers taking on restaurants that have notoriously high ratings. Inspired by Jimmy Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets, we asked three Yelp-savvy and prominent restaurant owners-chefs to read off some of the 1-star Yelp reviews.

Here’s the lineup:

Chef Jason Quinn, The Playground, MTV2, Food Network

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Daniel Shemtob (Shitcob)The Lime Truck, Food Network

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Scott Afters Nghiem, Afters Ice Cream, Milky Bun Fame

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[Adventure] TLT Food Satisfies Our Inner Pork Belly Snob

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Daniel Shemtomb has accomplished much in the last few years. The winner of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race has kept busy maintaining the quality of The Lime Truck. Now the successful young chef has his hands full being a restaurateur as well.

Foodbeast vet Brian and I were lucky enough to be invited to dine-in at TLT Food in Westwood, Los Angeles recently, and we couldn’t have been happier. We’ve always been fans of The Lime Truck and it was great not having to chase it down for dear life for once. So, sit back and enjoy some glorious food porn from TLT Food.

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Brussels Sprouts

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I wasn’t a fan of brussels sprouts until a few years ago, but this item solidified my love for them. It was the perfect thing to start off the adventure with. The sprouts were perfect and each bite was more savory than the last. Cooked with a medley of prosciutto, garlic, chipotle honey aioli, Cotija cheese and picked red onion, you’d have no idea these were good for you.

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Pork Belly Nachos

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I was excited to try this more than anything else on the menu and TLT delivered. I’m pretty snobby when it comes to pork belly and they nailed it. Chunks of savory pork belly on top of gooey cheese nachos. What more could I ask for? Nothing, that’s what.

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Grilled Cheese

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Brian had more of this than I did. The concept was ingenious and after a couple bites I definitely wanted more. Unfortunately, I already killed the pork belly nachos and quesadilla and couldn’t afford any more cheese in my body. Brian loved it though. He threw around the word “orgasmic” a few times.

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Pork Belly Taco

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An awesome in-between meal snack while I snapped photos. As I mentioned earlier, the pork belly is on point and the taco is something I definitely need to try more of next time.

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Beef Short-Rib Quesadilla

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The beef was super moist and pretty much just melted in your mouth. Every bite was epic. I pretty much killed this whole thing within minutes. Their signature Tomatillo salsa was a great contrast to the richness of the quesadilla and added a cool refresher to each bite.

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PBAT

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Skipped breakfast and lunch for this meal and it was ever so worth it after trying the PBAT. Made with parmesan-crusted bread, cured pork belly, arugula, tomato, red onion and aioli, this sandwich was a masterpiece that couldn’t be told in one sitting.

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Dessert

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The desserts really hit the spot. Between the Lime Panna Cotta and the Triple Chocolate Cake, we were in dessert heaven. Unfortunately my limited lactose intolerance only allowed for a few small bites for the Panna Cotta, as I maxed out my cheese budget for the evening with the nachos and quesadillas. Cake was bomb though.

TLT Food has now also opened a new location in Downtown Los Angeles this past week. Unique to the restaurant, TLT will be offering their first brunch menu.

I smell another adventure.

TLT Food

1116 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-4433