That's because this year, the festival is followed by what La Cocina's calling the first annual Street Food Conference, spread over two days, Sunday, Aug. 22 and Monday, Aug. 23, at Hotel Vitale.
Sunday's divided up into two sessions (they follow a morning-after brunch at Americano in the Hotel Vitale), available for a combined ticket fee of $25. First, a probing of open-air stalls (with Charles Phan and Mourad Lahlou, among others). Second, a look at the state of the truck in America, moderated by author John T. Edge, with a quartet of mobile vendors: Kamala Saxton of Seattle's Marination Mobile, Bryan Petroff and Doug Quint of Manhattan's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, Veronica Salazar of S.F.'s El Huarache Loco, and Jon Ward of Kung Fu Tacos.
Monday's got three conferences, one on the culture of street food, another on street food and urban planning, and a third on the economics of mobile vending. All three, together, cost $20. Details on individual sessions ― plus a lot of other stuff ― at the conference info page. For tickets, click on the link at the festival site.