Preview: 29th Annual Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off

Posted: May 31, 2013 in Events, Food, Orange County, Restaurant
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The Tustin Street Fair & Chili Cook-Off returns for its 29th annual installment this Sunday afternoon. This FREE & all-ages street fair completely takes over Old Town Tustin, blocking off a sizable area between 1st and 6th Streets. The streets will fill up with many booths containing arts & crafts, merchandise, entertainment, kids’ activities, music, chili teams, and more. Spread throughout the festival area, guests will find multiple entertainment stages, with acts such as live music, dancing, and various contests. The streets do not follow categorical zoning – instead of all booths of one type in one area, guests will find all sorts of booths all over, though some vendors will concentrate more towards the south and north ends. The kids’ area lies to the northwest end of the festival area.

First-time visitors to this event should make adequate preparations to ensure a smooth experience. The street fair takes place entirely outdoors, so wear comfortable clothes to move in, and apply sunscreen all over. Bring cash, as most of the vendors do not accept cards, including chili ticket booths. Chili tastings cost $1 per ticket, which guests may redeem for a taster at any chili team. Guests 21 and over may purchase alcoholic drinks after purchasing a wristband for $2 following an ID check. Non-chili food vendors will also sell food too, but when you attend a chili cookoff, why eat anything else?

Parking gets extremely tough during this time, but I have typically found better luck with street parking north of 1st Street. Check the neighborhoods off of Prospect Avenue, as the neighborhood has no parking restrictions on Sundays. Understand that Old Town Tustin will completely close off to traffic starting in the morning, so normal routes to arrive there may not exist that day, so plan alternate routes on arriving at the location timely.


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