Special to the Town Crier
Food and drink choices abound at the Los Altos Arts & Wine Festival, where new gourmet items and craft beers have been added this year.
The festival’s two food courts feature more than two dozen food vendors, serving up Indian dishes, Brazilian barbecue, Chinese egg rolls, Philly steak sandwiches, fruit smoothies and more.
Returning favorites include the Rotary Club of Los Altos’ long-standing booth offering Chef Chu’s Chinese chicken salad; India Gourmet dishing out vegan and vegetarian choices, as well as lamb and veggie wraps, and rice bowls; Aroma Concessions, selling fried calamari, barbecued oysters and crab cakes; Gourmet Faire providing crab rolls and crab fries; Lockeford Meat and Sausage grilling its foot-long sausages on a roll; Stick-N-Grill serving barbecue chicken on a stick and barbecue chicken salad; Koko Korean Teriyaki offering teriyaki chicken skewers, vegetable lo mein and fried rice; California Corn Roast roasting corn on a stick; and B Foods International selling gyros, Philly steak sandwiches and falafel.
Festival standards such as corn dogs and garlic fries are available as well.
In addition, look out for TV cameras that may be rolling at the booth run by Chicken and the Farm - known for its chicken wings and barnyard bowls - which will be profiled on Food Network’s "Carnival Eats."
Pre-packaged specialty foods to take home can be found along the Third Street food court. Booths include Nan’s Gourmet Foods (offering aged and infused balsamic vinegars, olive oils, grilling sauces and handcrafted pasta), Nousa’s Cakes & Sweets (baklava, butter cookies and chocolate cookie cake), Makse Bar (giant gluten-free rice treats) and Nature’s Candy Co. (flavored nuts).
Those looking for cool drinks in the heat can find hand-shaken lemonade, Hawaiian shave ice and fruit smoothies from Barrett’s Lemonade, Hawaiian Shave Ice and Fruit Frizz, respectively. Dippin’ Dots, Olde Tyme Kettle Korn and Shampa’s Pies provide other sweet treats.
The craft beer tent is located at Main and Third streets. It features beer from Santa Clara Valley Brewing Co., 21st Amendment and Firestone, along with a pineapple hard cider from ACE. Beer stations throughout the rest of the festival are pouring Firestone 805, Lagunitas, Modelo and Blue Moon.
The food courts are located along Second and Third streets between Main and State streets. There are plenty of tables and chairs with umbrellas for shade adjacent to each food area.
For more information, call LAVA at 949-5282 or visit downtownlosaltos.org.