Foodies all over know how big the food truck scene is right now. Nowadays there are even TV shows dedicated to food trucks! Many restaurant spotlights on Food Network and Cooking Channel are no longer sit down restaurants. That’s right, food from the back of a truck is just as good, if not better than food at a restaurant!
In fact, food trucks have become so popular that large cities like Atlanta and San Francisco have established food truck parks. The SOMA Streatfood Park in San Francisco is open seven days a week with different vendors every day. They have weekly events like Friday Night Comedy in the Park, Sangria Saturdays, and Trivia Night at the Park. On top of serving awesome food and entertainment, SOMA Streatfood Park has free wifi for visitors and is pet friendly. Any food lover in the Bay Area should stop by SOMA StrEat Food Park.
The Atlanta Food Truck Park and Event Center is a permanent food truck site that is open to the public ever Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors can expect up to 15 food trucks at the park at one time. In addition to hosting a rotating list of food trucks, the Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market has a weekend farmers market, live music, and a local artists.
In our hometown, there isn’t a permanent food truck site yet (but, we are hopeful!). But we do have several food trucks in the Triangle. Last year, a new food truck event started in Raleigh. The events were launched last year using no corporate sponsorship money, or city or federal funding. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo was a huge hit during the dog days of summer in Raleigh and is back again this year. This year, through Kickstarter, the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo raised almost $9,000 to fund the events.
The second rodeo was this past Sunday. Over 50 Food Trucks and restaurants from around North Carolina spread out over 11 city blocks. In fact, some of the participating food trucks are a big deal outside of North Carolina too. Raleigh’s own American Meltdown won three trophies in April at the 2014 Grilled Cheese Invitational in LA (yes, that’s a real thing). Other trucks in attendance included Parlezvous Crepes, Belgian Waffology, Chirba Chirba, and Baguettaboutit, to name a few.
Didn’t make it out? No worries, you have two more chances to check out the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo on August 10 from 4pm to 9pm and October 12 from 1pm to 6pm. Admission is free! If you can’t wait that long, our sister city, Durham, will host two food truck rodeos this summer on June 15 from 12pm to 4pm and August 31 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. Head out to the Durham Central Park to enjoy live music and great food.