We were admittedly a bit wary walking into the Festival After-hours Party at the Bus Shed Saturday night. Having become accustomed to more high-end fare throughout the festival, the event's promised street food wasn't sounding particularly exciting. But we should have known better.
Although local food trucks like Roti Rolls and Diggity Doughnuts were parked under the eaves (churning out quality fare, as usual), we also had gourmet restaurants like Tristan, McCrady's, and Cypress passing out their own versions of street food. Tristan had sweet and crunchy pork cracklin' s'mores, Circa 1886 had truffled Johns Island honey and cornbread pudding, and Wild Olive had a hot and cheesy stuffed aracini. Wildflour's Lauren Mitterer passed out some amazing little cannolis, and Twenty-Six Divine's Jennifer Parezo offered chocolate-covered strawberry ice cream sandwich pops. Whether high-end or low, almost everything we sampled was satisfying.
Despite the rain, the Bus Shed was perfect for the event; the roof kept everyone dry, while the open air setting helped retain the feel of a street festival. Jugglers and a costumed man on stilts added to the carnivalesque vibe, while DanceFXers worked hard to get the dance party started early on — by the end of the night, a big portion of the crown was jamming out with Quiana Parler and friends.