California's first halal food festival on Saturday was a victim of its own success.
Dubbed Halal Fest and held Saturday at NewPark Mall in Newark, the debut event featuring nearly two dozen vendors selling everything from halal tacos to shaved ice drew 10,000 guests - nearly five times the expected guest list. Many non-Muslims joined in the experience, too.
Co-organizer Irfan Rydhan immediately went to Facebook to apologize for the long lines and lack of food in response the the many complaints he received regarding traffic congestion and upset people. The vendors simply weren't prepared to feed the masses.