Celebrate National Cheese Month With the World's Largest Grilled Cheese Stack and World Premiere of 20 Cheese Dishes: Only at FOODBEAST Presents OOZE FEST
Date: Saturday, October 10th
Location: Third and Bush Parking Lot in Santa Ana, CA
Session One: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Session Two: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Ooze Fest. Where the cheese drools as much as the people who are anxiously waiting to eat. The national food publication, Foodbeast, is bringing record breaking, heart burn amounts of cheese at Ooze Fest, a cheese festival located in Santa Ana. Foodbeast.com is working toward the goal of making internet food a reality to their millions of fans, and the local community. Nguyen Tran of Starry Kitchen and the new Button Mash in LA is coming to OC to host. Tran will rally the crowd and share about the cheese love.
Standard and VIP tickets include all-you-can-eat-and-drink food and beer. Cheers! Nosh on one of a kind, never before seen fare, brought to you by local restaurants that love cheese just as much as you do. VIP tickets include early admittance to the event, along with a t-shirt and a commemorative glass. The standard ticket is 50 dollars and VIP is 75 dollars. The event is broken up into two sessions, first session is from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. and seconds session is from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (VIP's enjoy 12 p.m. - 4 p.m and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. respectively). Early birds in the first session get the glory of seeing the world’s tallest grilled cheese stack first ever attempt. The second session will feature the Famous Eaters Grilled Cheese Eating Competition and the award for best cheese item of the festival. Limited edition customized Foodbeast: OOZE FEST caps will be created and sold by Bespoke.
A portion of every ticket sale goes to support Inspire Artistic Minds. This is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that provides scholarships to people in the hospitality industry, to attend events or experiences that will inspire them. The event will happen rain or shine so whether you’re rockin your shades or your goulashes, this cheese fest is goin’ down.
Feel free to wear your diplomatic pants, because there will be voting! Vote for your favorite grilled cheese and beer pairing. Winners will be announced at the second session and will receive the FOODBEAST Ooze Fest award. Note that, vendors and activations are subject to change without notice. Learn more about our food vendors and brews here. This is the world premiere of 20+ unique cheese creations.
Each vendor has prepared a noteworthy, crazy, outrageous dish that will be voted on by attendees of the event. The winner of the most votes receives the FOODBEAST Ooze Fest award. In addition to the vendors listed below, Ooze Fest will also feature creations provided by some of our favorite cheese and not cheese focused eateries.
For current list of vendors visit www.foodbeast.com/oozefest
Food network's gd bro truck
The local favorites of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race, Season 6 are bringing their creative burger inventions to life with an exclusive taste of this one of a kind burger. The team at GD Bro Burger will be serving up a Girthy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Patty with a drizzle of their Signature Chipotle Mayo between Deep Fried Mozzarella "Buns".
Slater's 50/50 is recognized around the country for their outrageous burger creations, and for us, they did not disappoint, coming to OOZE FEST with not one, but TWO delicious cheese items. The Beercheese Chili Burger has is own attitude with Brandt beef, bbq spice rubbed bacon, Guinness bacon chili, Racer 5 ipa beer cheese, and kettle chips all on a thick brioche bun. Have your burger with a side of Fried Mac and Cheese Cake with tapatio ranch.
SOCIAL Costa Mesa
SOCIAL Costa Mesa is a chef ingredient-focused, new-American inspired restaurant. They offer classic Southern dishes made with fresh California ingredients and one of a kind craft cocktails. For the event they have brought their Duck Hot Pocket to the table, made with Pimento cheese, deviled duck ham and smoked onion jam.
Polishing his acumen and techniques at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Los Angeles, Chef Cody has since been making great strides and flourishes as somewhat of a kitchen Ninja. With a personal mantra that “there are no rules” when it comes to inventiveness and creativity, Cody has finally achieved his dream of owning a spot of his own. Grits Fullerton is brought to life off the beaten Downtown Fullerton path and offers a homestyle southern inspired brunch. Here he stays true to the “no rules” attitude that has made him a game changer in the OC culinary scene. For Ooze Fest, Chef Cody invites us to try his Pollo Fundido made with fried chicken skin chips, Gruyere and White Cheddar fundido, with ground pickled pork belly.
Little Sparrow is known for their craft cocktails and globally inspired share plates. The restaurant was selected as one of the top 16 new restaurants in the United States, and was featured on the premier season of BravoTV’s “Best New Restaurant.” They won Orange Coast Magazine’s 2014 Restaurant of the Year, Best New Restaurant in Orange County Register and made the list of one of the Hottest Places to Eat on Eater. What’s on their menu? For the event, they’ve prepared an Indian fry bread with bone marrow, mac and cheese, gourmet nachos jalapeño cheese and a mozzarella stick.
Shuck Oyster Bar
Located at the OC Mix in Costa Mesa’s SOCO, Shuck Oyster Bar delivers with their fresh seafood flown in daily. These oysters are hand selected from over sixty farms, bringing the largest variety to your palate in one sitting. At this spot there is only one specific way to eat an oyster, and that’s the way that you want to. Not only are they known for their fresh seafood selection, but also their gooey grilled cheese. These masters of melted goodness will bring us the Apple Cheese Empanada at Ooze Fest.
La Sriracha Racha
La Sriracha Racha is offering a Churro Ice Cream Sandwich, made with Mexican spicy Racha cheesecake ice cream between a churro sandwich. La Sriracha Racha is a premium hot sauce made of Sriracha and Mexican peppers, brought to you by LA Culinary Inc.
The Crow Bar and Kitchen
The Crow Bar and Kitchen is no stranger to food pairing with their beverage menu. The Gastropub cuisine consists of classic pub food with a gourmet touch as well as other specialties procuring local, farm fresh ingredients, whenever possible. For the Ooze Fest they’ve prepared the Taleggio Tarragon Mouse Arancini with Pear Relish.
The Grilled Cheese Truck
ot just the classic bread, butter and cheese, but amazing creations that are constructed with the best ingredients, local produce and made with nothing but love. The Grilled Cheese Truck brings us one of our favorite comfort foods, reinvented. Prepare to dine on the Fully Loaded Cheesy Mac and Rib Melt, made with sharp cheddar cheese, southern style mac and cheese, house smoked BBQ pork and caramelized onions.
Chef Rachel Klemek grew up in the South and received her influences by her two sugar-loving grandmothers. Needless to say, Chef Rachel shows the community the importance of fundamentals; butter, flour, sugar and eggs. At Blackmarket Bakery they consider baking and eating cookies a form of communication. The goal is to create a conscious moment of indulgence, which is sure to happen at Ooze Fest with their Pumpkin Whoopie Pie with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Mousse.
The beer list continues to grow, featuring local breweries and beers that locals love.