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Fall for the Arts Street Food Extravaganza in Pictures

Food trucks started rolling into the

Arsht Center

at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday, lining up neatly in front of the center's opera house. Most truck owners said they were on very little sleep and no food, but they were eager and ready to feed the droves of hungry people who would soon arrive at the Fall for the Arts Festival. The quantity of arts organizations present at the event was impressive, but it's safe to say many people were there for the

food.

The sun was brutal and shade was scarce. Nobody seemed to care. Lines started getting long after noon, and many vendors -- including Totally Bananas, Del's Lemonade, Yellow Submarine, Sakaya Kitchen, Nacho Mama's and Fireman Derek's -- sold out before the event came to a close.

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Christopher Berlingieri, CEO and founder of Nacho Mama's Grill

While well-known trucks like

Latin Burger & Taco

,

Gastropod

Miami

,

Jefe's Original Taco & Burger

and Yellow Submarine were there, the festival introduced Short Order and many festival-goers to a

few new kids on the block like Nacho Mama's Grill (in its third week) and Wing Commander.

Sakaya Kitchen's Dim Saam a Go Go had an impressive menu that

included a foie gras torchon on brioche buns and angus beef bulgogi croquetas. La

Camaronera served its perfectly fried fish sandwich at its brand new truck, as

well as a popcorn shrimp sandwich and fish sticks. Over at Feverish Ice Cream truck, a homemade mango sorbet was the right antidote to the

scorching sun. And the fish and shrimp ceviche from Bites on Wheels, a

small roach coach among a bunch of giant, spiffy trucks, was the perfect

dish for a hot day.

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The Original "Minuta Sandwich" from La Camaronera's Fish Box

Other drool-worthy offerings included

Michael's Genuine's

pork belly

sandwich, the Rolling Stove's "Ron's Bites" - thick slices of baked

potato, fried and topped with two types of cheese - and Nacho Mama's

loaded nachos.

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The man behind it all, Sef Gonzalez aka the Burger Beast

At his booth, the

Burger Beast

(Sef Gonzalez), greeted fans - gosh,

the man has loads of them - and gave away t-shirts and buttons. Major

props to him and the Arsht Center for a well-orchestrated effort. The

only suggestion for next year: more water vendors.

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Arriving on site

Click here to view more photos of the street food at the Fall for the Arts festival.

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