Back of A Day at the Great American Food (and Line) Festival For weeks I was looking forward to attending Serious Eats Great American Food and Music Fest at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. With big-name celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay and Guy Fieri, and the best of America's regional cuisine — Katz's pastrami sandwiches, Pink's hot dogs, Tony Luke's Philly cheesesteaks, etc. — it was sure to be a fabulous festival. Unfortunately, the first-time event was plagued with problems, so much so that the organizer, Ed Levine, published a formal apology. The computerized credit card pay system crashed, the staff was unhelpful and clueless, and, most importantly, the wait to get any food was two hours long! Instead of smiling, contented faces and full bellies, the crowd was hungry, aggressive, and angry. Luckily, as the day wore on and the crowds thinned out, things got a little better. Fieri and Flay both gave enthusiastic demos in front of cheering fans. The wine-tasting room was uncrowded, the line for bacon was empty, and the chocolate-almond-covered caramel sticks were finger-licking good. Did anyone else attend? What food did you eat? View 46 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 To take a closer look at the festival, check out all of my images and . View 46 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Photo 19 Photo 20 Photo 21 Photo 22 Photo 23 Photo 24 Photo 25 Photo 26 Photo 27 Photo 28 Photo 29 Photo 30 Photo 31 Photo 32 Photo 33 Photo 34 Photo 35 Photo 36 Photo 37 Photo 38 Photo 39 Photo 40 Photo 41 Photo 42 Photo 43 Photo 44 Photo 45 Photo 46 Comments filmgirl81 8 years Eesh, I didn't even attend this event, as I'm in LA, but this thing looks like an epic failure. That apology was pretty weak too sumbum 8 years I read on a few blogs that a lot of angry people have been able to get a refund through LiveNation. If you went & left unsatisfied, I'd try getting that refund! fuzzles 8 years The line for the bacon was empty? What was wrong with those people??? CaterpillarGirl 8 years ALOT of people have gotten refunds for this debacle, Levine should go run and hide for awhile to wait in line for 4 hours for Katz Deli, and its on sub par rye bread and GASP yellow mustard not deli mustard? shameful. Swedeybebe 8 years wow! i was bummed earlier that i couldn't go, but not so much now after hearing this! Food 8 years Chiefdishwasher: Not the hot dogs?! chiefdishwasher 8 years How did you get your hands on so many types of food? My favorite would have been the.........................bacon! chiefdishwasher 8 years Check out the "formal apology" site....sounds like the was the festival from hell.