Strolling the streets looking at art and dancing to live music can work up an appetite, which can be satiated by the bevy of booths and restaurants serving food at this weekend’s Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival.
This year’s festival features offerings from more than two dozen food vendors and restaurants from the Bay Area and beyond. Most of them can be found in the food courts located on Second and Third streets between Main and State streets.
New this year are gourmet food booths featuring an array of items - from desserts such as cookies, sweet-potato pie and key-lime pound cake to flavor enhancers like aged and infused balsamic vinegars, olive oils and grilling sauces.
Several festival favorites return as well. The Rotary Club of Los Altos again hosts a booth featuring Chef Chu’s popular Chinese Chicken Salad. Other returnees include Thai Kebab BBQ and Indian Gourmet, vendors offering vegan and vegetarian choices in addition to lamb and veggie wraps and rice bowls. B Food International once again serves gyros, falafel and Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, while the Tamale Factory offers traditional tamales, soft tacos, rice and beans.
Summer is barbecue time, and the festival features plenty of grilled dishes. Longtime vendor Lockeford Meat and Sausage serves its crowd-pleasing footlong sausages on a roll, and Big Ed’s Buzzard BBQ returns with tri-tip sandwiches, beef brisket and Cajun link sausages.
Willow Street Wood-Fired Pizza makes a return appearance, offering barbecued oysters, crabcakes, smoked turkey legs, hot dogs and sausages, fried calamari, garlic fries and deep-fried zucchini and artichokes. Blue Mango returns as well, serving barbecue chicken and pork on a stick, garlic edamame and chicken rice bowls and wraps.
Ample cool treats are available - appropriate for almost any July day in the Bay Area. Offerings include hand-shaken lemonade, frozen yogurt, soft-serve ice cream and fruit smoothies from returning vendors Barrett’s Lemonade, Kurlander Soft Serve and Fruit Frizz, respectively.
In addition, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Olde Tyme Kettle Korn return to satisfy festivalgoers with a sweet tooth.
The food courts are scheduled to be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are plenty of tables and chairs - along with umbrellas for shade - in the Central Plaza, adjacent to each food area and near the Main Stage, where live music is slated throughout the weekend.
Those interested in sitting inside at a restaurant have several to choose from in downtown Los Altos. Eateries include Opa!, dishing out Greek cuisine at 325 Main St., and Le Boulanger, the bakery/restaurant at 301 Main St. Families with young children may want to try Bumble or Forest on First, restaurants located across from the new Safeway store on First Street, which cater to young diners. Other choices include Fiesta Vallarta, Aldo Los Altos, Bella Vita, Skip’s Place Pizza, Casa Lupe, Pompeii, Lulu’s, Maltby’s Restaurant & Tavern, Spot Pizza and the Italian Deli.
For more information, call the Los Altos Village Association at 949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org. m