November 17th: Triangle Food Truck News

Each Monday I recap food truck news as it relates to the Triangle area (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill).  Bringing news that impacts food truck owners, fans, or those curious.

The Wandering Sheppard voted Top Local Food Truck Blog of the Year
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Sincere thanks to all who voted for The Wandering Sheppard on’s poll.  For those who do not know the behind the scenes, this blog is just a fan who enjoys talking to owners, eating food, and being a champion for them.  I work full-time for a job and this blog has been a part-time hobby.  I love doing it and to be recognize is awesome.  Thanks again!

Local Food Trucks featured in National Cookbook

Behind the Food Carts, a West Coast mobile food blog, is releasing a cookbook based on a road trip they did visiting various food trucks.  One stop featured the Triangle area.  The Triangle food trucks featured are American Meltdown, Barone Meatball Company, CJ’s Street Food, Deli-icious, Pie Pushers, and Porchetta.   The release date on the sites show 11/11/2014 and the book is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound and Indigo.  An awesome opportunity for the area to be shown.

Durham Central Park 2015 Schedule released

The dates for next year’s rodeo have been released.  They are: January 25th, March 8th, June 21th, September 6, and November 1. If interested, the Durham Central Park recognized Ben Weber, Becky Hacker (Pie Pushers) and Brian Bottger (Only Burger) as the rodeo organizers.


Halal Bros follow Halal Haven handle

Halal Bros () fans may have noticed last week a tweet to follow Halal Haven ().  The reasoning is Halal Bros is looking to do a brand refresh as Halal Haven.  In the next couple weeks, fans will also see a new wrap with the new brand.

Gouge Pro Wrestling Food Truck Rodeo

The event Turkey in The Brawl Night is November 22nd (Saturday) after the Raleigh Christmas Parade (2-6 pm).  So after you see Santa, head over to Raleigh Brewing for an event by Gouge Wrestling and Rebus Works.  The event is entertaining and the food will be great with Bulkogi, All American, Dump Pho King, Cajun Persuasion, and Captain Ponchos.  Event details can be found at Gouge Wrestling’s site.


Food Trucks 4 Kids Fundraiser

American Meltdown, AmigoSan, and Philly’s Cheesesteaks will be at Raleigh Brewing on November 23rd (Sunday) from 12-3pm.  The event will have a bounce house, face painter, and Mess Makers will be here for kids’ craft table.

Proceeds go to Helping Hand Mission, which provides healthy meals to local children in the community.

 Trucks Opening Locations

Coming Soon

Sol Tacos (with a  Sol Tapas concept) – estimated early 2015, Downtown Raleigh.  There was a hint at near Moore Square…

Deli-icious: Location is in Clayton with a 2015 date expected.

Captain Ponchos: location in Southern Village, Chapel Hill.  Got word they are looking forward to February 14, 2015. So tell your date (I guess my wife will find on this post), you are going here for dinner.  They are not holding back and they will a mariachi band there.

* NEW * Chick-N-Que: 420 S. Main Street, Rolesville.  Anticipating December/January 2015.

Big Mike’s BBQ: 1222 NW Maynard Road (High House and Maynard / across from Kroger) in Cary.  Got an update on this one.  Few things still need to be wrapped up, but as soon as that happens a couple weeks. So it could be a few weeks before the storefront.


Recently Opened

Iced Cupcakes: 5911 Poyner Village Pkwy #103, Raleigh

Olio and Aceto Cafe: 400 S. Elliot Road, Chapel Hill

Sarge’s: 400 Southtown Circle, Rolesville

Sweet Traditions: 12516 Capital Blvd, Suite 106, Wake Forest (not pictured… still need to wander over)

New Trucks

This really was a beast of its own on here.  Therefore, each Monday we will have a post dedicated just on the new ones. It will post later today for those reading real time.

 Big Events Coming

World’s Largest Food Truck Festival III coming


Awhile back Generation Food Truck down in Tampa, Florida organized the largest food truck parade in March 2014.  Looks like they want to organize another one this March 2015.  The goal is to have over 200 food trucks at the State Fairgrounds outside of Tampa.  If interested, email the organizer at Generationfoodtruck (at) gmail (dot) com.  I did hear they will provide power for this event.


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.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2015 Dates announced

The day after the last one Sunday, already 2015 has been announced. Be sure to catch them May 3rd, June 14th, August 9th (evening rodeo), and October 11th.  Their dates are very similar to the 2014 Rodeo and are all Sundays.

ROAM is coming to Orlando, Florida

Hopefully you caught last week’s special post on the 2014 event.

Circle your calendars now for ROAM 2015 in Orlando.  The dates are October 25th and 26th with the host hotel still being locked down.  This is the only food truck industry conference that brings owners and industry-specific people together.  I’ll have a special post just on my experience here in San Antonio.  But in short, if you are someone in the food truck business, I think you need to be here.  The dates are October 25 and 26th, which is Sunday and Monday.  Hopefully, those are admin days and only 8 1/2 hours (by car) between the Triangle and Orlando.  I hope we can exponentially expand our representation for this one.

Trucks looking for stuff

  • Saw that Caffe Bellezza is looking for a talented, affordable painter for their truck.  You can find them and contact information 


Truck and Equipment For Sale


Green Olive Deli_2014

Green Olive Deli is selling their truck for $32,000 OBO.  If interested, contact Hugh at 919.815.8451 or email him at

If you got news, let the blog know.  This is a weekly post summarizing food truck information in the Triangle area. 

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