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.
Hope you have been enjoying the holidays over the last few weeks.
Big Easy: Mardi Gras Party
From Noon to 10 pm on February 17th, Big Easy will throw a huge party on Fayetteville Street for Mardi Gras. There will be food trucks here, but an official lineup announcement has not been posted. I’ll keep you posted, but see their website for details or their Facebook Page.
Possible Food Truck Rookie of the Year candidates
Over the last two weeks Mobile-Cuisine.com asked for nominations of their Rookie of the Year award. I saw King’s Authentic Philly, Sol Tacos, Stuft, and Wicked Biscuit look for nominations. We will find out today who is in the Top 10!
New Years Day Celebrewtion at Nickelpoint Brewing
King’s Authentic Philly will be at Nickelpoint Brewing from 2pm to 8pm, however the taproom will be open from Noon to Midnight on the first day of 2015.
Nickel point Brewing expanding their taproom
Nickelpoint Brewing, one of the Triangle’s newest breweries, opened back in September is looking to expand their taproom within the next few months. The brewery usually has a truck everyday, which means this a sure spot to find good local beer and a food truck. If you have not stopped by, they are in the Five Points neighborhood at 506 Pershing Road, Raleigh.
Not Just Icing wins Best Dessert Food Truck
Based on poll completed on Mobile-Cuisine.com, an online food truck magazine, Not Just Icing was named Best Dessert Food Truck. They were up against competition nationwide including large food truck markets like Zombie Ice in the South Florida area and last year’s winner Custom Confections out of Houston. It was great to see our local TV, newspapers, blogs, and organizations rally to help them win this award. In case anyone wants to know the score, that leaves two wins this year for the Triangle area for Best Blog and Best Dessert Food Truck.
Here’s the official winning announcement post. Stay tuned as they will a have a profile piece written about them soon.
The Parlour expanding their space
Caught this on Triangle Food Guy‘s blog about The Parlour’s Downtown Durham location expanding. Based on the article, they will occupy the nearby Playworks space and expand an additional 1,000 square feet. This is great to hear sometimes its hard to find a spot to sit here. If you have not been to The Parlour it is at 117 Market Street near the Marriott Downtown Durham.
Jakki’s Juice Jam pursuing other ventures
Thanks Triangle Explorer for the heads up on this sad news. Jakki’s Juice Jam posted on their Facebook Page they are moving on to other endeavors. Always a heartbreaker to hear this. They are selling the truck and you can find details on the bottom of the post.
KocinA releases 2015 Food Truck menu
This time of year some of the chefs look start to plan out for next year. Chef JP of KocinA has released a picture of their 2015 menu
The menu will also feature breakfast items, too! I am excited to try some of the Chino Latino items JP has been talking about with me. KocinA is one of the food trucks highlighted in the new food truck radar (they have been serving the last few months).
Trucks Opening Locations
Sol Tacos (as a Sol Tapas concept) – estimated early 2015, Downtown Raleigh. I’ve seen a few hints of near Moore Square and an April 1st opening.
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.
Chick-N-Que: 420 S. Main Street, Rolesville. Anticipating Early 2015.
Big Mike’s BBQ: 1222 NW Maynard Road (High House and Maynard / across from Kroger) in Cary. Really close…
And KoKyu BBQ has kept its cards close to the vest, but recently notified Kickstarter backers that they are getting closer. I’ve been eyeing this opening like a hawk, because I’m interested to see the final restaurant and menu.
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
Big Events Coming
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.
Date set for February 21, 2015. Truck lineup has not been released. For more details, check out the town’s website.
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.
In 2014, the Triangle was introduced to an awesome event with local beer, food trucks, and music. Thankfully we will see this again September 12th, 2015. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for details on the blog.
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.
Food Trucks and Restaurants to support (RED) in June 2015
I came back from the ROAM Conference early November was about the (RED) organization. The (RED) Organization fights AIDS in Africa where 2/3 of those with AIDS are located. In 2014, the organization had events around the food and beverage industry. However, they want to make it bigger and get everyone involved. It would be a nice scene to see food trucks featuring a (RED) menu next June!
For more details on the event, check out details at (RED)‘s website dedicated to the food and beverage industry.
Truck and Equipment For Sale
Green Olive Deli is selling their truck for $32,000 OBO. If interested, contact Hugh at 919.815.8451 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jakki’s Juice Jam is closing up shop and selling their truck. If you are interested, contact them at 919-208-7405 or via their Facebook page.
If you got news, let the blog know. This is a weekly post summarizing food truck information in the Triangle area.