July 21st: Triangle Food Truck News

Few things happening on the Food Truck scene here in the Triangle

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Here are events that are real soon that you may want to plan ahead on.

Wake Forest Rodeo

This Sunday, July 27th, will be a rodeo in Wake Forest.  Jamaican, JAM Ice Cream, Tailgater Toby, Captain Ponchos, Hibachi Xpress, Sweet Traditions by LeAne, and Ladybugs Treats.  Be sure to stop by Ladybugs and wish her a Happy Birthday!

Breakfast Rodeo

This Friday, July 25th will have a triple threat of Biscuits, Waffles, and Coffee! Wicked Biscuit, Belgian Waffology, and Caffe Bellezza will be there together.  If you work in Downtown Durham or can make a stop here, make your way here.  It would be cool to support this and have this as a stable event.  It would cool to brag to other regions and say “So do you have a Breakfast Rodeo?”

Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea

It’s the Fourth Sunday coming up, which means Ornamentea’s Pop-Up Sunday is here.  In front of the store, artisans pop-up selling their work. Stuft and Chick-N-Que are scheduled this week, Lonerider is the featured local brew, and Habitat for Humanity is the featured nonprofit.  Ornamentea is located at 509 N. West Street in Raleigh.

Kernersville Food Truck Festival

For readers close to the Triad side, this Saturday July 26th there is a food truck festival at The Brewer’s Kettle (308 E Mountain St, Kernersville). The event will have King Creole, El Azteca, Ice Queen, Urban Street Grill, Frog’s Toadly Good Eats, My Dream Cakes, Truckin’ with Tipsyz, Food Freaks, Wright Up Your Galley, Fish N Wings, Crazy Rib Mans, and Bandito Burrito.  There also is a silent auction benefitting Cystic Fibrosis.

Gouge Jul 26

Gouge Wrestling at Raleigh Brewing

All American, American Meltdown, Bulkogi, Chirba Chirba, and Sol Tacos will serve for the Blood, Sweat, and Brews Gouge Wrestling event presented by Rebus Works and Raleigh Brewing.  The event is at Raleigh Brewing at 3709 Neil Street, Raleigh.

Events on the Horizon

Here are events that you may want to keep your eye on.


Happy to hear which were once “rumblings” are now coming to fruition.   919 Beer announced their Beericana event on September 27th.  Details known: beer and food trucks will be involved with Dark Water Rising, Lynda & Pattie, Skinny Bag of Sugar, and The Honeycutters as music.  Also, the location is Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.


This event has been around, but this year was my first time.  For beer (and spirits as local TOPO Distillery was here this year) and food truck fans, this is a prime event.  Two stages on both ends of Fayetteville Street with beer and food trucks filling the asphalt in between.  The date set is April 25, 2015 and is from 2-10pm.  I know a bit early, but you might want to circle it and tell your family this is a great weekend to visit.

New Rest Stops

Where are trucks being spotted…

Hopefully, you know of all the breweries in our area (including the recent opening of Draft Line down in Fuquay-Varina).  But, you may want to look here.

  • Person Street Bar (805 N Person St, Raleigh): I always like it when a bar/brewery and food truck can come together.  Both can come in with their specialities and exceed on expectations on both ends.  Lately, I’ve seen Dump Pho King Truck and Hanu parked here.
  • Beer Durham (404 Hunt Street, Durham): Again, beer and food trucks collaborating!  This neighborhood bottle shop has 20 beers on tap where you can refill growlers and now enjoy food trucks.  I’ve seen Bo’s Kitchen, Sol Tacos and The Wicked Biscuit here – so great variety.
  • Marathon Gas Station, Five Points (1641 Glenwood Ave) on Fridays from 5-10pm the as close to Philly as you can get Philly Cheesesteaks food truck will be parked here.

Trucks finding a Garage

Is your favorite truck finding a brick and mortar?

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Megan, Glenda (Blue Sky Oil and Vinegar, the “secret” to Olio and Aceto, also Suzie’s Mom), Suzie and Jessica

Olio and Aceto

On Saturday, July 19th, Olio and Aceto opened their cafe to the public.  If you haven’t tried them yet, they are famous for using the beers at their brewery stops and making menu items out of them.  The cafe is in Chapel Hill near the cross streets of US 15-501 and Elliot Rd (400 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill).  Also the truck will still be on the road hitting some your favorite breweries like Raleigh Brewing and Fortnight Brewing.

Sweet Traditions by LeAne

Cake and Cupcake fans are waiting for that egg timer to chime.  LeAne hinted a huge announcement (and a Grand Opening?!) this week on Twitter.  Unfortunately, the Bellagio no longer takes my bets on food truck action, but I’d be all-in on a storefront or bakery opening soon.  I hope my hunch is right as LeAne and Roland are great people, their cakes look beautiful, and cupcakes are pretty darn good.  You can grab cupcakes during the weekends at their kiosk in Triangle Town Center Mall (near American Eagle)

Big Mike’s BBQ

While driving down Glenwood, I noticed Big Mike’s was no longer at View Bar.  While I was sad to see they were no longer there, I did see that they have signed a lease for a spot in Cary.

Sarge’s Chef on Wheels

Sarge’s Chef on Wheels opened on July 7th in Rolesville.  The restaurant’s hour are weekdays from 6:30am-2pm  for Breakfast and Lunch at 400 Southtown Circle Rolesville.  If you are a fan of Julius’ Shrimp and Grits and Po’ Boy like me, you are probably excited about making it to his storefront.

Trucks Giving Back

Will and Pops and Not Just Icing Food Bank Collection

I try to stay abreast of all philanthropic events food trucks do.  For the month of July, Will and Pop’s and Not Just Icing will collect non-perishable items when on the road for Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank.

Greek Gussy’s, CJ’s Street Food, Not Just Icing, Chick-N-Que, and Stuft give back to the Durham Rescue Mission

This is not a public event, but a time when the trucks are giving back.  These trucks will prepare their classic menu items and give back to those at the Rescue Mission.  I always like to highlight these events to show food trucks do provide back to the community.

Kickstart Their Heart


A really cool guy I’ve met on the food truck scene, Steve, is doing a kickstarter for new equipment and help start-up a web cooking show.  If you have ever been to Lonerider Brewing on a Thursday, you have tasted Valentino’s great creations.

If you got news, feel free to message via Twitter or complete the contact form on my About Page.

Also, if you haven’t done so – vote for your favorite food truck this month.  On the first Monday of August, we’ll release the results.  Update: I did take a peek and the exit polls are showing a rally.  If you think your favorite is winning, it’s probably not.  There are 10 days left until the polls close.  Good luck!

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