Sunset Junction Street Festival/Fair

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The trek to the Sunset Junction
My neighborhood hosts the Sunset Junction Street Festival/Fair.  Having lived in the Silver Lake/Echo Park/Los Feliz areas of Los Angeles all my life, I am ashamed to say I have not attended the festival/fair until now.  In the past I dreaded the festival/fair weekend because I had to devise alternate routes to my destinations because the main drag, Sunset Blvd, was blocked off for obvious reasons.  Since I had no plans this year, I decided to go.  I was able to convince my cousin to drive from Torrance just to hang out with me at the fair/festival for a few hours. 

Since I live in the hilly area of Silver Lake, we decided to drive and park closer to Sunset Blvd.
Polish Dog
  After about half and hour of driving through the many small streets in my neighborhood, we ended up parking down the hill from my home.  We though we could use more exercise and what better exercise than walking.  I'd estimate we walked at least two miles. 

This weekend, August 18 and 19, the Sunset Junction Street Festival/Fair celebrated its 27th year.  Since I didn't plan on going until the day of the festival/fair, the entrance fee was $15.  It was okay because it was going to a good cause in my own 'hood.

Though the live music is the biggest draw to the event, for my cousin and I, it was the wide variety of food.  We were starving but we restrained ourselves from hitting up the first food stand we came across and walked around a bit to get the lay of the land.
Bratwurst
  It was so hot out and after our trek to the main drag, we were parched.  The freshly squeezed lemonade with no calorie sweetener was the best thirst quencher.  We walked to all the stages passing the Tilt-a-Whirl type ride as well as a Fun House.  Eventually we did stop at the Hoover stage to watch not a musical act but belly dancers...very cool!

Since we didn't see the deep-fried turkey leg stand (the food item my cousin deparately yearned for) we stopped at one of the many grill stands to silence our stomach growls.  I ordered the bratwaurst with grilled onions and deli-style mustard while my cousin ordered the Polish dog with grilled onions, sauerkraut, and deli-style mustard.  We took a "seat" on a shaded curb to grub and it sure was good.  The bun was way too much bread.
My cousin bought this pink parasol
..halfway through the dog we both ate the just the meat.

With hunger pangs gone, we wander around the area and peruse the goods of the artisans.  We stopped at a booth selling just ceramic figurines...all the same just different colors.  My cousin was so enamored with the figurine because she said it represented her and her boyfriend.  I don't have a pic of it but I'll try to describe it.  The figurine has two stylistic block people hugging.  My cousin picked the black and white figurine since the vendor didn't have a brown and white one.  Days later after she gives the ceramic to her boyfriend, she calls..."It isn't a figurine...it's a salt and pepper shaker!" LOL ...Anyways...

We continued to walk around booth shopping, watching graffiti artists create, and getting free samples of Diet Pepsi Max and Starbuck's Blueberry Frappaccino.
  Still feeling hungry, I get a roasted corn on the cob straight out of the rotating roaster...mmmm corn good!  My cousin gets a pupusa and italian ice...blueberry flavor.  Yup you guessed it her lips and tongue were blue.  

Ready to pass out from too much sun we head out but not before stopping at one of my favorite gelato places...Pazzo Gelato (which I'll have to write a review on later). 

It was a great time...maybe we'll go again next year and hopefully we'll actually listen to the musical talent!
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The trek to the Sunset Junction
The trek to the Sunset Junction
Polish Dog
Polish Dog
Bratwurst
Bratwurst
My cousin bought this pink parasol
My cousin bought this pink parasol
They even sold wind chimes...each …
They even sold wind chimes...each…
Graffiti artist busy doing his tha…
Graffiti artist busy doing his th…
Finished piece?
Finished piece?
The effect of blueberry Italian ice
The effect of blueberry Italian ice
At Pazzo Gelato
At Pazzo Gelato
Los Angeles Sights & Attractions review
The Sunset Junction Street Festival/Fair is presented by the Sunset Junction Neighborhood Alliance which is a non-profit organization whose goals are … read entire review