Recap: May 24, 2012 Truck Stop

Last night was probably our busiest Truck Stop yet! Hundreds of Edmontonians filled McIntyre Park in Old Strathcona to fill up on tasty creations from Molly’s Eats, Carnival Cravings, The Act, and Smokehouse BBQ.

Truck Stop in Old Strathcona

Aside from being a bit cloudy, it was a relatively nice night weather-wise. Each week the weather has been better, so let’s hope next Thursday is sunny and warm!

Truck Stop in Old Strathcona Truck Stop in Old Strathcona

We were also thrilled that the Fringe could join us for a second week in a row, with their “children” in tow. They were on hand so those interested could sign up as a Villager to keep on top of Fringe-related news.

You can see more photos from last night here.

Truck Stop in Old Strathcona

See you back in Old Strathcona next Thursday evening! Stay tuned for the line-up and menus.

The Pulled Pork Throwdown winner is…The Act!

The Act, Nomad, and Smokehouse BBQ battled it out for three hours straight tonight at the Edmonton Public School Board Archives & Museum. They served up delicious pulled pork sliders to hundreds of hungry Edmontonians all evening to fight for the title of pulled pork champion in our first ever Throwdown Edition of Truck Stop. In the end, when the votes were tallied, one truck came away with the title…

Pulled Pork Throwdown
The winning pulled pork slider

Congratulations to The Act!

While The Act walked away with the victory, we heard from voters that they liked different aspects of all three sliders. There were great comments about Nomad’s caraway seed slaw, and some self-proclaimed barbecue experts noted that the bark and smoke rings on Smokehouse BBQ’s pork were indicators of well-prepared meat. In the end, it wasn’t enough to overcome the crunchy onion straws and toasted bun that pushed The Act’s slider into the winning position.

Pulled Pork Throwdown

Of course, tonight’s Throwdown was all in good fun. It was also an opportunity to support the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. All three trucks have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from tonight’s event to the Foundation, which when combined with the money raised by donations from voters should result in a healthy contribution to an important cause in our city. We’ll announce the amount raised in the coming days once we have the final numbers.

Pulled Pork Throwdown

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to support this event! You can check out some additional photos of the event here.

Recap: May 10, 2012 Truck Stop

It snowed and hailed in the hour leading up to last night’s Truck Stop, but thankfully the sun came out and the skies cleared up just in time! It was cool and windy, but we Edmontonians are a hardy bunch, especially when there is great food to be had!

Truck Stop in Old Strathcona

Nomad completely sold out, and a number of menu items from the other trucks did as well. Thanks for your support! We hope to see you back in McIntyre Park next Thursday evening for another Truck Stop!

Check out more photos from last night’s event here.

What the Truck?! in Churchill Square is tomorrow!

Aren’t you just loving this weather? We sure are! Tomorrow looks like it’ll be the perfect evening to enjoy some of the best street food Edmonton has to offer. We hope you’ll join us in Churchill Square from 5pm to 9pm to indulge in this amazing menu!

The Square
Nightfall comes earlier these days…stay shortly after the event to see the Square all lit up!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank a few folks for their help in making tomorrow’s event happen. Of course the City has always been a good partner, and they’ve been very helpful this time around as expected. We also want to thank DECL for once again sponsoring us and lending their support! As you know we like to keep our venues tidy, so we have one again engaged Tri-Line Disposal to provide us with some equipment for that.

We also want to give a big shout out to a new partner – Northlands! They’ve stepped up to help us with line control and are providing stanchions for our use. Follow them on Twitter at @Northlands and thank them when your line is clearly marked tomorrow!

Last but not least we want to give a plug to DJ’s Raebot and wijit who will be spinning tunes for us all evening long. We’re glad to have them on board!

If you’re at all interested in volunteering for the event – setup, cleanup – please let us know by sending Mack an email.

Churchill Square
Imagine this…but full of food trucks and people!

We hope to see you down on the square tomorrow!

What the Truck?! in the news!

The 2012 food truck season is off to a great start thanks to the amazing support of so many Edmontonians! A good amount of media coverage doesn’t hurt either. Here’s some of the news coverage we have received in recent weeks:

And of course, there has been the whole bylaw/guideline story with Drift. I wrote about that here.

With our largest event ever taking place this Saturday, I’m sure there will be even more food truck news to celebrate in the coming weeks!