Few things happening on the Food Truck scene here in the Triangle
Objects in the Rearview Mirror
Holly Springs: Park-It-in-The Market
Last Saturday, Holly Springs Farmers Market had a food truck rodeo in their 1st Annual Park-It-in-The Market. Holly Springs really came out and their Farmers Market had some great produce on sale. Here are some photos of that weekends event:
Sir Walter Miler
Food trucks do attract me to some really cool events. On Friday, August 1st, the Sir Walter Miler at Meredith College showcased some fast mile running. Before and After the event, Hanu, Not Just Icing, Big John’s and House of Swank were at Raleigh Brewing with Braden and Brother performing inside.
Street Foodie Diaries
Last week, I got word that Our State magazine published an article from Kim with Street Foodie Diaries. I am a huge fan of their work and try to support them as much as I can. I think Steve and Kim really helped connect the wires in my brain to help steer away from focusing on the food and really incorporate the people. Anyways, they are really making a push n Season 2, which is featuring the Atlanta food truck scene. If you haven’t seen their first season, based here in the Triangle, you’re missing out on some great work.
Events On the Horizon
Here are events that are real soon that you may want to plan ahead on.
Downtown Raleigh Rodeo
Should I dare list all the trucks attending? They have announced over 50 trucks up and down Fayetteville Street with a few intersecting street with trucks. The event is August 10th (Sunday) and thankfully from 4-9 pm after the summer heat will die down.
New (since 2013) traveling trucks: Dank Burrito Truck (Morehead City) and Master Bacon (Charlotte).
New Triangle trucks: Check out Hanu, a Korean-inspired truck.
Unique Trucks (outside of the Triangle): Herban Legend (Charlotte), Ice Queen (Greensboro), King Creole (Burlington), Taqueria El Azteca (Greensboro), The Catch (Wilmington), and Urban Street Grill (Greensboro, Cash Only).
Summer Stretch Fest 2014
In case you had not heard, this event in Holly Springs has been cancelled. I only know of what was released on the event’s site, which was an unforeseen medical issue to a key member. Please think well thoughts for this member and their family.
Events on the Map
Here are events that you may want to keep your eye on.
Daily I am catching updates for this event, which looks like the planning stages are coming into full swing. I won’t go into full details on the beer, but I did notice beers outside of the Triangle are participating (like Old Mecklenburg in Charlotte).
Food Trucks announced: Stuft, Tailgater Toby, Not Just Icing, Jam Ice Cream, All American, Dump Pho King, Valentino’s, Baguettaboutit, Olio and Aceto, and CJ’s Steet Food.
Tickets Sales have also started with General Admission at $45, VIP at $75, and a Designated Driver at $15 (no beer access).
For Tickets and more details, see the event site.
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, Hanu, Green Olive Deli Truck, and Not Just Icing 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. I’ve noticed Wicked Biscuit doing a lot of Sunday Brunch here…
- 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. I drove by here last Friday and it looked like a decent crowd.
- Greenway Club There has been some exploration for this area and it seems trucks are being scheduled here. I’ll report more as we find out, but wanted to alert the North Raleigh fans.
- Plantation Point Farmers Market: There is a new farmers market in North Raleigh, located at 6250 Plantation Center Dr (I-540 and Capital Blvd, next to BJ’s/Big Lots/Petco) that is food truck friendly. The organizers’ goal is to have two trucks, one entree and one dessert, and running the market year-round. If you are interested, feel free to contact me and I’ll get you in contact with the organizer.
New Kids on The Block
Green Olive Truck?
Who’s new to the radar
Last week, we highlighted Halal Bros (Twitter: @HalalBros or check out their Facebook page), who looked to have a great Saturday in Holly Springs. While their calendar has many events coming up, I do want to highlight they will be at Raleigh Little Theatre’s The Connells event on September 27th.
This week, I’d like to mention a new truck, or should I say little green school bus, Green Olive Deli Truck. I caught them on my drive back from Crank Arm Brewing’s Wednesday ride at Person Street Bar, a up-and-coming food truck spot. Great deli sandwiches powered by olive oil and a panini press. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter @GOdeliFT.
Trucks finding a Garage
Is your favorite truck finding a brick and mortar?
I’m happy to say Iced Cupcakes passed their inspection last week and had a soft opening shortly after. I stopped over and really enjoyed the shop’s vibe. The colors are consistent with Iced’s mail jeep (“Estelle”) and looks awesome. It also has great view of the water between them and Shane’s Rib Shack. The shop’s location 5911 Poyner Village Pkwy.
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.
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
Many of you like me were excited to here the Sarge set up base in Rolesville last month. Right now, hours are just weekdays from 6:30am-2pm for Breakfast and Lunch at 400 Southtown Circle Rolesville. However, it seems fans like me have been asking for weekend hours. Well, we are getting our wishes and we should see weekend hours posted soon.
Trucks Giving Back
Bloggers Takeover: Not Just Icing
On Tuesday, Big Boss Run Club has their big run day on the first day of the month, which is August 5th. Baring the Kelly Kapowski excuse (“I have to wash my hair”), both Triangle Explorer and I will be on Not Just Icing running the truck that night. There will be a tip jar out there, but we are donating all those tips to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. If you have a sweet tooth or want to say hi, we would greatly appreciate it.
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.
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