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PHX Food Truck Festival - October 22nd

grrlscout Sep 7, 2011 09:48 AM

The Phoenix Street Food Coalition & Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation are getting together to put on Phoenix's first Food Truck Festival.

Details:
http://phxstreetfood.org/?p=242

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    aricat RE: grrlscout Sep 20, 2011 09:26 PM

    Thanks for the heads up. Food trucks are certainly trending right now - should be fun, and supports some good causes. I tried to find a list of vendors, and found a partial list on Facebook, including:

    Short Leash Hot Dogs, Carte Blanche, Frufrupops, Mojo, Shine, Sunshine and Spice, Sweet Republic, Sunshine, Shine, Taste Rite, Toms Pig Rig, Beat Street, Pizza People, Torched Goodness, Udder Delights, Hey Joe TruckHey Joe, and Emerson Fry Bread.

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    Fry Bread
    7611 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85033

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      jlhinwa RE: grrlscout Sep 20, 2011 10:00 PM

      Thanks for the info. We visit the Phoenix area often and it is my goal to find something new and different for our family to experience on each trip. We will be there the 22nd...looks like I have a plan and it is something guaranteed to please my husband and daughter. Looks like a lot of fun.

      1. grrlscout RE: grrlscout Oct 5, 2011 12:00 PM

        Here is the most up to date list of participants:

        http://www.facebook.com/#!/note.php?n...

        Local beer and wine will also be served, and there will be live music. Just a heads-up - the prices for tickets go up on Monday.

        1. ajs228 RE: grrlscout Oct 11, 2011 10:15 AM

          $30 seems a little pricey. I'd rather just pick which trucks I want to try and buy individually.

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            hohokam RE: ajs228 Oct 11, 2011 12:21 PM

            I guess I see the fee as paying for the trouble and expense that someone went to in putting on an event where all/most of the affiliated vendors can be found at one location at the same time.
            In theory, the a la carte option, whereby one picks and chooses which trucks to try, is always available to those willing to drive and/or take time off from work. What the event organizers have done here is to eliminate those barriers by bringing several vendors to the same spot on a weekend.

            My approach to eating is to try as many different tastes as my body (and wallet) can handle. There's no way I could eat 24 different regular size food items from those trucks, and even if I thought I could, I would likely have to spend $80-$100 in the trying. So, from my point of view, paying $30 for up to 24 different tastes sounds like a pretty good deal.

          2. Melanie Wong RE: grrlscout Nov 4, 2011 01:03 PM

            How was the festival?

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            Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

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              al3h RE: Melanie Wong Nov 7, 2011 03:49 PM

              It was a total waste of money. It was poorly planned and extremely unorganized. The lines were ridiculously long and they all seem to meld into each other so it was difficult to tell what line was for what truck.

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                johnseberg RE: al3h Nov 7, 2011 04:06 PM

                This might be a good resource for tracking food trucks?:
                http://twitter.com/#!/phxstreetfood

                I was thinking of hitting Roosevelt Row for First Friday, but, I guess it was pretty windy and dusty. Maybe next month.

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                buckeye.mary RE: Melanie Wong Nov 7, 2011 04:16 PM

                Luckily we got there at the beginning of the festival so we didn't have to wait in the long lines later in the evening. It was great to try out all the food trucks that I keep hearing about - favorites were the duck taco from T-licious, the mushroom taco from Carte Blanche, bite-size pies from Mama Toledo's, and the fresh offerings from Beet Street and SuperTruck from Superstition Farms. Can't beat bacon mac-n-cheese on a stick either (Duck Duck Pig). Oh and Sweet Republic's coconut sorbet was pretty much perfect, especially since it was quite warm before sunset.

                Hopefully, they'll work out the kinks for future food truck festivals. There were just way too many people crammed into a small dusty dirt lot. And in order to get a beer, you had to make your way through a confusing mess: an ID check line, a 2nd line to buy drink tickets and then the insanely long line at the Four Peaks tent. A bigger venue would definitely help the chaos and maybe implementing a ticket system instead of an all-you-can-eat entrance fee. That would make patrons choosier, lines shorter and give the food trucks more incentive to deliver the goods. Though like I said before, the majority of the food we tried was worth it.

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