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Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – 3rd Edition

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Walking or driving through downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street, you will pass through the business district. Fayetteville Street is tree lined with many benches and tables, giving you an opportunity to relax and enjoy the diversity that has attracted many businesses and residents to call Raleigh, North Carolina their headquarters and home. If, by chance, you are a resident of the greater Triangle Area, you are aware of a myriad of festivals and events that use the Raleigh Downtown district as their backdrop. These events attract thousands of participants from around the state, as well as from around the country. There are several activities to participate in on any given weekend. Once you decide what peaks your interest you can avoid the parking hassles by taking Uber.

For Triangle Street Eats, our vice happens to be food trucks. We have found the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo with its energetic atmosphere and numerous food trucks offering diverse flavors to be an event worth attending, again and again.

Attendees are often left to navigate a labyrinth of food trucks and crowds, in order to sample the wonderful fare offered by nearly 50 venders. There are locally crafted beers that can be sampled as well. When you see how the Downtown District is used as a backdrop for this event, you will understand why this event is so popular. If you haven’t had an opportunity to participate in a Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, and have been meaning to, you have one more opportunity to do so this year on Sunday, October 12, from 1pm – 6pm.

As is typical for larger events, The Friends started to form a plan-of-action a week or so in advance. Since we have sampled fare from many of the food truck participants, we tried very diligently to sample from those we hadn’t tried yet, as well as from a few tried and true. Below you will find the results of our effort, as well as their links. It is important to appreciate some of what we sampled was specifically offered for the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo attendees, as is not necessarily part of their regular menu.


 

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Food Trucks We Visited:

From Virgil’s Jamaica, the Belle and I had sampled the Jerked Chicken before. I enjoyed this flavorful island dish, and asked the Traveler to try it for herself. She said that it was moist and to her liking, but could have used more heat.

From King Creole, we had the blackened pork chop, which again the Belle and myself had sampled at the 2nd Food Truck Rodeo, but the Traveler had not. She commented that it was wonderful in both taste and portion size. She will definitely repeat.

From Hanu Food Truck we sampled the B.S. (Brussel sprouts). They were incredible with a creative medley of flavors. Look forward to having these again, since none of us eat enough greens. We also sampled their duck dumplings, which were delight flavorful, and the dipping sauce was sweet and tangy.

From Parlezvous Crepe, we had a savory special, which is not a regular menu item. It consisted of a delicate crepe, wrapped around smoked salmon, cream cheese, dill and onion. Highly recommended by the friends

Dank Burrito Truck offered jerk chicken tacos, which was one of my favorites of the event. The Traveler commented that it was spicy and great tasting. She loved the moistness of the chicken and would definitely eat it again. A glowing review if ever there was one.

We sampled the truffle mac bites from Olio & Aceto before, and had them again at the Raleigh Downtown Food Truck Rodeo. As they were previously, they were to our collective liking and would recommend them to anyone looking for gooey goodness.

From Mama Dukes, we sampled their breaded shrimp. They were tasty but would have preferred more shrimp and less fries and salad. $10 for only 5 shrimp is over-priced.

From Barone Meatball we sampled the crab balls. We collectively determined that they had too much filler, and seemed slightly undercooked.

From American Meltdown, one of most popular food truck in the Triangle, we sampled their Pigs & Figs. It is no wonder that this is one of their more popular sandwiches – very sweet, smooth and moist.

From Gussy’s Greeks, we sampled Greek Lasagna and gyro. The lasagna was not spicy enough. The béchamel sauce was light and fluffy, but lacked flavor. The gyro, on the other hand was very good, loved the meat and sauce.

The sheer amount of food that can be sampled at one of these events can be overwhelming. Try as we did, it was impossible to taste more than we did, even when we paced ourselves. One thing is certain, to experience one of these events first-hand is a must if you want to get a feel for the extraordinary phenomena culture surrounding food trucks, and all things related, like this blog. Stay hungry my friends!

The Traveler, Southern Belle and Bad Boy

 

 

 

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo

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bruce_sm In this edition of Pounding Pavement, we review the first Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. 15 miles north of Raleigh is a community steeped in southern pride and charm, a community rich with heritage and societal tolerance, the Town of Wake Forest. This community recently hosted its first Food Truck Rodeo to an overwhelming success. The event was held at the Renaissance Center, 419 South Brooks St. The location, a mall parking lot that has a bowling alley and classic car dealership, gave ample room needed to facilitate the event. The occasion was largely the effort of food truck vender, Virgil and Taffy Wilson, of Virgil’s Jamaica.

The Belle and I arrived early. The traveler was not able to attend due to a previous engagement. It had been raining since about 10 am, but we were certain that the skies would clear, and the afternoon would be dryer. We were not disappointed. As was usual, we had arrived about 30 minutes early, and took the opportunity to network and decide a plan-of-action; whose food were we going to try and who was going to get our choices. We found the food extraordinarily diverse in both taste and ethnicity; a plus for any event whose foundation is food.

Within 30 minutes, much to our astonishment, a crowd had swelled to fill nearly all of the allotted area encircling the venue. Lines were forming at all the food trucks, and people seemed to be enjoying the cooler than forecasted afternoon. My mind had started to refrain a line from a popular movie that declared, “If you build it, they will come.” Certainly, this event’s attendance will have to be used as the benchmark upon which all other events in Wake Forest will be measured a success.

Because Virgil Wilson was instrumental in making this event possible, it was only fair we sample selections from Virgil’s Jamaica. Our other selections included pizza from Pie Pushers, Tailgater Toby’s BBQ, and Turtle Brownies, sweet treat from Lady Bug’s Treats (a twitted recommendation from Not Just Icing and The Wandering Sheppard). Having grown up in a region of the US, where the Caribbean was my backyard, I am no stranger to ‘Jamaican jerk’ and it enticing flavor of spices. We sampled Virgil’s jerk chicken with dirty-rice and plantains, another food that I am familiar with. I found the jerk flavor liking to my pallet. An excellent rendition of jerk seasoning I remember so fondly from my youth. I also sampled a meat pie, which I am also familiar with and I found this fare genuinely Jamaican, and to my liking as well.


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The Belle and I chose Pie Pushers ‘Bacon N Brie,’ which also had mild peppers to sample. This vender is one of the Triangle’s more popular food trucks, and it is no mystery why. Fresh from the oven, the slices are a hearty, generous portion, a meal unto itself. The crust is thin and crispy, much to our liking. The bacon and brie was a flavorful combination. As Belle says “everything is better with bacon.”

No self-respecting food rodeo in the Triangle would be complete without at least one vender serving BBQ. It was up to Tailgater Toby to carry the BBQ ball! The Belle selected a BBQ pork sandwich, which came with two sides; coleslaw and potato salad. This sample was very good and hearty as well. We both agreed that the red potato salad was above average.

To satisfy our sweet tooth later in the evening, we each got a different sampling from Lady Bug’s Treats. Belle selected the Turtle Brownies, while I chose the Carrot Cake. We found both selections excellent and satisfying. We not only left the rodeo with our evening desserts but also Tee shirts from the House of Swank.

Though this event was touted as Wake Forest’s first Food Truck Rodeo Event, It is this participant’s hope that it will be looked upon as Wake Forest’s First Annual Food Truck Rodeo.            Stay hungry my friends…

The following food trucks were in attendance for the event: