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We received 53 entries in Stitch’s Photo Scrapbook Contest. Each were screened for eligibility, then the remaining photos were judged by a panel of four esteemed judges. Thirteen finalists rose to the top, exemplifying the true meaning of the street food culture, in my opinion.

Due to the popularity and the value of the prizes in this contest, we chose not to publicize it widely. This contest is intended for people who truly appreciate the street food culture, and we wanted to keep the entries manageable.

The thirteen finalists entries, ranging from a meatball in LA to a bouquet of bacon in San Francisco to Greek / Mediterranean fusion, gourmet duck sliders, grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs in Sacramento, to cinnamon rolls in Arizona and cupcakes in Florida, are now open for public voting until February 21, 2012! Vote for your favorites, daily! The photos below are presented by geographic location, beginning in Los Angeles; the order in no way implies the photo’s ranking. Narrowing this set to 3 winners will be no small feat, by any means. They almost belong together, because together they tell a story. As that story unravels, it reveals the astounding impact that street food has had on everyday-America. I makes me wonder… how does it affect your life?

Meatball from Great Balls on Tires, Los Angeles

Meatball from Great Balls on Tires, Los Angeles

The Bouquet, from Bacon Bacon Truck, San Francisco, CA

Whether it be at an outdoor food festival, a county fair, a parking lot, or curbside… or whether it’s served on a paper plate, a boat, in a box or in a wrapper, one thing stands clear – people connect with street food and enjoy it in a variety of ways. Day or night, on the asphalt, a lawn, a picnic table, or in an office, street food has become an integral part of everyday life, and America is discovering an entirely new love and fascination for food. What’s not to love about it? It’s almost always fresh, local, unique, high in quality and high in taste, priced at a fraction of gourmet cafes and restaurants.

Drewski Dog - No Onions from Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

Drewski Dog - No Onions from Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

The Tricycle with Garlic Tots from Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

The Tricycle with Garlic Tots from Drewski's Hotrod Kitchen, Sacramento

The Kamakaze with Waffle Fries from Fuzion Eatz, Sacramento, CA

The Kamakaze with Waffle Fries from Fuzion Eatz, Sacramento, CA

The Pancho Villa from Fuzion Eatz, Sacramento

The Pancho Villa from Fuzion Eatz, Sacramento

Wicked Wich, Sacramento, CA

Wicked Wich, Sacramento, CA

Wicked Wich, Sacramento, CA

Wicked Wich, Sacramento, CA

Duck Slider from Wicked Wich, Sacramento

Duck Slider from Wicked Wich, Sacramento

The Heinz from Wicked Wich, Sacramento

The Heinz from Wicked Wich, Sacramento

Cinnamon Roll from Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, Arizona

Cinnamon Roll from Country Fair Cinnamon Rolls, Arizona

Cupcakes from The Yum Yum Truck, Florida

Cupcakes from The Yum Yum Truck, Florida

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About the Author

Chris Ford is the founder of Stitches 'n Dishes and editor in chief with a passion for food, photography and travel. Chris is a Media Correspondent for the Food Network TV show, Eat St, a syndicated blogger, seasoned event organizer and promoter, a food critic, a marketing consultant and Social Media Marketing expert. Chris is also a fashion and entertainment photographer. When he's not dining on the sidewalk, he's snapping photos on the catwalk.

  • Madausrk

    All of these photos do one thing, make me hungry! Great Job everybody ,

    • http://www.stitchesndishes.com StitchesnDishes

      Aren’t they awesome!? Love these entries…