Beastly, as in the Burger Beast.
That's because Sef Gonzalez, the Burger Beast himself, is behind the gathering of food trucks, carts, and stalls that will accompany the Adrienne Arsht Center's daylong Fall for the Arts Festival. The free event will feature live music, arts and crafts, games, and workshops and seminars for the entire family. In addition, Gonzalez has called up food trucks from all across South Florida (many of which are listed in our comprehensive Food Truck compendium) to serve made-to-order eats for all the hungry arts fans in attendance.
"The festival is completely free, plus there will be a children's area, so anyone can come, not just foodies," says Gonzalez. "I mean, gluttonous freaks can go also, like me. So it'll be a great time for all."
The festival goes down from noon to 6 p.m. September 12 in and around the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
To provide fuel for the fest is an impressive list of mobile eats,
including local favs like J.B.'s Cheesesteaks and the Rolling Stove as
well as Miami-Dade-based acts like Yellow Submarine, Wing Commander,
Michael's Genuine Food and Drink Cart, and Sakaya Kitchen.
(Check out the full list here.)
There will be hot dogs, tacos, baked goods, Asian food, seafood, cold
treats, and even haute cuisine. But with so many good eateries all
within a few blocks in Miami, how will you choose just one to eat at?
"The majority of people probably won't drive all over South Florida
just to eat at a new food truck," Gonzalez says. So his suggestion: "If
you're coming from Broward or Palm Beach, try to eat at the trucks that
are from Dade, and vice versa."
Gonzalez says he left each truck's menu and pricing entirely up to the
cooks themselves. But he did suggest that some trucks serve sample-sized
portions of their food and condensed menus so that festivalgoers can
try out more than one vendor. With the food-truck craze sweeping South
Florida, that may be a good thing. More and more trucks are opening up
every week. This is one event where hungry fans can try a lot of them.
Gonzalez himself is a huge fan of the food-truck movement -- he's been
documenting it faithfully on his website, which now lists dozens of
trucks. He attributes their success to specialization and a desire for
change from customers. "If you go to a restaurant, the menu will
probably have 30 to 40 dishes. But how many are really exceptional?" he
says. "These trucks have narrowed their focus down to one or just a few
dishes, and so what they make tends to be really, really good."
In addition to the food, Fall for the Arts will have plenty going on.
Musical acts Jahfe, Rebirth Brass Band, Peru Explosion, Ozomatli, and
more will perform across two stages. More than 100 arts organizations and
vendors will be on hand, and comers will be able to purchase tickets to
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Arsht Center performances for the upcoming year at discounted prices.
The entire street fest is free too, leaving you with plenty of cash in
your wallet to spend on food.
One thing's for sure -- no one will go home hungry. Burger Beast included.