Last Summer, Dallas’ first legitimate food truck event brought well over 2000 people out in sweltering 108 degree temperature. They’re now pretty much old hat, with every event roping in 5+ food trucks to feed the expected masses. There are the charitable events as well, with the food truck owners often contributing in some form.
In general, the gatherings of 5+ food trucks works terrifically well when you have lots of people in your group. For example, last Wednesday, my family of 5 stopped at the “Food Truck Experience” at Sigel’s/Greenville. For 5 different people, we were easily able to get sliders, grilled cheese sandwich, and nachos for the kids from 3 different food trucks, and more upscale food from yet a different truck for the adults. We fed our family of five for under $40 for multiple options and much higher quality than we would ever find from fast food or “fast casual”.
There are lots of special events coming up soon, as well as weekly events where you can try out this new food segment in Dallas and Fort Worth. We don’t want to inundate you with an announcement of every single event coming up. We will include them in our Monday weekly “food truck schedule” as well as independently highlight those that serve an important cause in the Metroplex.
For now though, there are a couple of recurring events and some special events coming up to tell you about. Jump for more.
First, there is the daily lunchtime roundup in the Arts District. Anywhere from 5-8 food trucks will line up from 11am to 2pm. There is plenty of parking if you do drive down there and lots of outdoor tables. On a beautiful sunny day like today, this is where you can see Downtown Dallas changing before your eyes. Besides our own weekly schedule, the Arts District folks maintain a web site with their weekly schedule.
If you want to try out another multi-thousand person event, make it to “Truck Stock” tomorrow, March 24, from 2pm to 7pm at 1818 Sylvan, in the location for Sylvan | Thirty. Although their flyer advertises 18 different food trucks, we know of a couple that were included, but have other commitments. While there will certainly be a lot of food trucks, there will be a lot of people as well.
Each Wednesday brings us the “Food Truck Experience” from 5pm to 8pm at Sigel’s/Greenville. Usually, you will find Ruthie’s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Tacos, Four Seasons, Easy Slider, Little Vessel Grill, and Rockstar Bakery. I stop by this one almost every week on the way home and it usually has 3-4 people in line for each food truck. You can order immediately and be on your way in 5-10 minutes.
Beginning in April, on the first Thursday of each month, a group of some of the best food trucks will be at Sunflower Farmers Market on lower Greenville Ave, from 6pm to 10pm. This first one, on April 5th, will be Good Karma Kitchen‘s first Dallas visit. I’ll be there just to double-check Carol’s comment about GKK.
Don’t want to come down to Dallas? Frisco has jumped on the bandwagon as well. On Saturday, April 28, the Main Street Merchants are hosting Frisco StrEATS – Gourmet Food Truck and Music Festival with 10 different food trucks and live music.
For the next 2 months multiple food trucks will be at the south lot of Valley View Center mall for dinner service Friday nights (5-10pm), and on Sunday for lunch (11-3pm) and dinner (5-10pm). In early May, they are planning on the largest statewide food truck festival with targets f over 30 food trucks from Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and other cities.
Finally, there is the Fort Worth Food Truck every Thursday to Sunday. Carol just wrote about Good Karma Kitchen and Munch Box.