Monday, June 27, 2016

PupusaFest last Sunday: a great idea but super crowded

On Sunday some friends and I went to PupusaFest, the fundraiser at Sacred Heart Church at 16th and Park. It must have been a successful fundraiser because there was a huge crowd, but that also means really long lines.

The way it was organized, you had to wait in one line to buy tickets for pupusas, then wait in another line to cash in those tickets. We got there at about 2:30 and the lines were massive, stretching the entire length of the street in front of the church, and very slow, so after about 20 minutes we gave up and went to Mt. Pleasant.

It seems other folks had the same ideas as us, Ercilia's Pupuseria and Pupuseria San Miguel were both packed too. There was another, separate line for drinks as well. We ended up at Dos Gringos and sadly did not get pupusas. When we came back around 4:15 the lines were a bit shorter but still significant.

It was a neat scene though, lots of music, lots of people from all backgrounds, and good smells.

It was neat to see so many people, but I hope they can get a better system for next time -- maybe more volunteers who are taking money, or more booths, or something.

Those who managed to get some flat, cheesy goodness, how was it?

Here's a few more photos below.

The band
The ticket line. The little tent in middle was the goal.

The little tent on the left side was the destination

The line goes back around the sidewalk past the bandstand


  1. The organization of the event left a lot to be desired. We waited three hours in line for pupusas. By the time we got to the front of the line, we just took whatever they had ready — even if it wasn't our first choice — just to leave the line and find some shade. It was a fun event with a good cause, but if the lines are like this next year, we may just stop by, make a donation to the church, and then head to a different spot in the area for pupusas.

  2. They had run out of queso and frijoles pupusas by noon, and by 1 pm the pollo pupusas were gone too. After 2 hours in line, we ended up with revueltas and hongo, the former leaving much to be desired. I'll eat my pupusas from the many other fine Salvadorean establishments in the neighborhood the other 364 days of the year and skip pupusas altogether next pupusas fest.

  3. Not as good as expected, to be honest...I was there at 10am, and even though the line was a lot smaller, disorganisation was evident, my order was taken incorrectly...but the atmosphere was great.

    I am fairly new to the area, so would love to know which restaurants/places people would recommend to try some food from El Salvador, Mexico, and so on? Thanks!

  4. While I agree that the organization was lacking, it was an improvement over last year, when they were totally out of food 2pm! This time it was the cheese pupusas that went extinct too early.

    So, I enjoyed the food and the ambience, despite many organizational issues. And even though i live right next to two great pupuserias, this felt more like I was in Central America, with the church setting, music, etc.


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