Truck Stop Recap: BaconFest & Boyle Street Plaza

July had a busy start with TWO Truck Stops, and we had a great time out at both of our events!

July 6, 2014 – BaconFest

We were lucky enough that the start of this July heat wave coincided with our BaconFest Truck Stop, which took place on 84 Avenue outside the ATB Financial Arts Barns. We had 6 trucks out to join us, including two new What the Truck?! additions, So-Cal Smoothies and Keilan’s Creamery. Since this was a smaller event, the lineups were much shorter than usual, and we saw and spoke to many attendees who were able to try multiple items from each of the trucks.


While we weren’t directly on the park, we did find that many people did take to the grass (and the shade) to enjoy their bacon-flavoured delights!


HUGE thanks goes to our sponsors, the Old Strathcona Business Association, Capital City Cleanup, and BaconFest YEG (who appear to have had a fantastic turnout to their event). Congratulations, guys!

You can check out more pictures from our event here.

July 10, 2014 – Boyle Street Plaza

Despite the blistering winds, we’d like to thank everyone for coming out to our Truck Stop at Boyle Street Plaza! While Street Eats had some last minute mechanical problems, we were able to pull off the event with the 3 remaining trucks: Afterbite Mobile, Attila the HUNgry, and Funky Mango. The trucks were parked along 103A Ave adjacent to the Boyle Street Plaza building.

Many attendees were able to try multiple items from the trucks. We would like to give a big thank you to the Boyle Street Plaza for providing picnic tables and garbage bins, and for helping us with setup.

One popular item that was served was Funky Mango’s Thai Shrimp Burger, seen below.

We’d also like to thank 102.3 Now Radio for coming out and providing music and free popsicles for everyone!

Stay tuned for updates about our next What the Truck?! on August 16th, 2014. We’ll see you there!

For more pictures of this event, click here.

July 10, 2014 – Truck Stop Menus

Are you ready for our SECOND Truck Stop of the season? Our theme for the event: Burger Throwdown!

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Street Renaissance 
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Ave.
When: Thursday, July 10th 
Time: 5-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

Check out the menus the trucks have prepared for us:

Afterbite Mobile Kitchen

  • Butter Mama burger 2.0 – Hand pressed 1/3 patty, 8 herbs and spices finished with a carmalized glaze of Mrs Butterworth syrup.
  • Pizza Rolls – Pepperoni, salami, ham, ground beef, bacon, stretchy mozzarella cheese, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and homemade tomato sauce

Attila the HUNgry

  • Peacemaker Burger – Pork, beef, and shiitake mushroom patty with our Thai peanut butter and strawberry sriracha jam
  • Duck Tots – Tater tots, Thai braised duck, hoisen aioli, lime sriracha, herbs, peanuts.

Funky Mango

  • THE KAHUNA – Over a quarter lb beef, Smoked white cheddar, Alder Bacon and Garlic Aioli
  • THAI SHRIMP BURGER – Shrimp pattie, Thai Sauce topped with peanuts served with Asian Slaw

Street Eats 

UPDATE 7/10 at 3:00PM: Unfortunately, Street Eats have run into some mechanical issues with the truck and are no longer able to join us for our event tonight. We hope that things are able to be fixed quickly, and that we’ll see them out curbside again soon!

Hungry yet? We hope to see a lot of you out on Thursday! Tours of the Boyle Street Plaza will also be available.


July 10, 2014 Truck Stop Line-Up

We already have our second Truck Stop event planned for the year! Less than a week after Baconfest, we’re holding a Burger Themed Truck Stop at the Boyle Street Renaissance. Last year’s event was such a success that the community has invited us again for 2014.

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Street Renaissance 
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Ave.
When: Thursday, July 10th 
Time: 5-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!


Our theme for this event is burgers! What better way to celebrate summer than to eat freshly prepared burgers. We will be featuring 4 trucks:

A big thank you goes to the City of Edmonton for making this Truck Stop possible. The Boyle Street Plaza is located in the east corner of The Quarters in downtown; an area that the city has brought back to life with the building of a community centre and affordable housing.

Menus will be posted next week! Stay tuned for updates.

July 4, 2014 Truck Stop Menus

Only 4 sleeps left until this tasty bacon-themed Truck Stop!

What: Truck Stop: BaconFest
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Avenue 
When: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: 5-10pm
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Warning: The menu below may induce bacon-flavoured dreams.

Big City Sandwich

  • The Portland
    Bacon Magic Cheeseburger: Handcrafted Beef Burger Patty, 2 slices of Cheese, topped with Bacon Magic (our spicy Bacon spread ), Crispy Fried Onions, Tomato and Leaf Lettuce. Garnished with a Bacon Jalapeño Popper.
  • Big City Bacon Magic Poutine
    Fresh Cut Fries, Beef Gravy, Cheese Curd and topped with Bacon Magic.
  • Big City Fresh Cut Fries
    Tossed with our SMACK seasoning, try them with our Smokey Bacon Ketchup and/or our Chipotle Ancho Chili Mayo.
  • Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Keilan’s Creamery

  • Glazed Maple Bacon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • Brown Sugar Salted Bacon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • Bacon & Bourbon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • 20 more flavours of Ice Cream to choose from!

Molly’s Eats

  • Peruvian Pan Con Chicharron
    Braised & pan seared rib meat, pan seared pork belly, fried sweet potato slices & salsa criolla (red onions, jalapeno & cilantro) in a French bun.
  • Bacon, Clam & Corn Stew #gf
    Bourbon & clam based stew, seasoned with fresh herbs. Served w/a Kaiser bun. Bun is not #gf.
  • Mango & Bacon Salad #gf
    Mango, bacon, green onions & apples in a sweet, tangy & savoury dressing.
  • Signature Fries Duo #gf
    Blend of regular & sweet potato fries. Comes with bacon white BBQ sauce. Sauce may contain gluten.
  • Bacon Cheese Buns
    Cheese Buns w/strips of bacon inside.
  • Bacon Salted Caramel Cookies
    Chocolate chip cookies w/salted caramel inside, topped with bacon bits.

Smokehouse BBQ

  • Bacon Lobster Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Bacon Wrapped Corn on The Cob
  • Bacon Bomb Sandwich
  • Burnt Ends Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork or Burnt Ends Poutine
  • Lemon Pie in a Glass

SoCal Smoothies

  • Bacon milkshake
  • BLTC Wrap
    Turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken in a wrap.
  • Mango smoothie
  • Pineapple smoothie
  • Cranberry smoothie 
  • Strawberry banana smoothie 
  • Blueberry smoothie 
  • Chicken wrap
  • Veggie wrap 
  • Hummus wrap

The Local Omnivore

  • Super Smoked Schnitzel BLTC
    Smoked Pork Loin, hammered, with Omnivore’s Super Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheddar
  • Smoke and Dust Poutine
    Hand Punched Pirate Spiced Fries, Curds, Green Onion, and of course Bacon Dust
  • Super Smoked Bacon Caramels
  • Drinks
    H2O, Limonata, Aranciata

Consult your cardiologist, and come hungry! We’ll see you on Friday!

July 4, 2014 Truck Stop Line-up

It’s time for our first Truck Stop event of the year, and what better way to start out than with BACON!

What: Truck Stop: BaconFest
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Avenue 
When: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: 5-10pm
RSVP on Facebook!

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2014 What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona

Truck Stops are smaller events than our normal What the Truck?!, and can accompany any number of other organizations or events.

Get your taste buds ready, because each of these 6 trucks is bringing some stellar bacon-themed menu items!

Two trucks are new to What the Truck?!: Keilan’s Creamery and SoCal Smoothies. We’re thrilled you could join the party!

A big thanks to our partner BaconFest YEG for inviting us to be a part of their inaugural event!

We’ll be posting menus next week – check back later!

What the Truck?! Gives Back

We’re playing a little bit of catch up here recapping the season, but we hope you’ll bear with us! In the meantime, we just couldn’t wait to share the amazing event we were lucky to be a part of this weekend.

On Sunday, October 6, 2013, What the Truck?! partnered with the Bissell Centre for a special Truck Stop. Our desire was to try and replicate the spirit of our other pop-up events, but of course, this one had one major twist: the food was free.

Bissell Centre Truck Stop

Six trucks served over 900 meals to underprivileged individuals that day. We can’t tell you how rewarding it was to see people enjoying themselves.

Bissell Centre Truck Stop

We always knew we were lucky to have such a great food truck community in Edmonton, but the participating vendors that day took that statement to another level. Thanks to The Act Out & About, Bully, Lemon Grass GrillLittle VillageThe Local Omnivore, and Sailin’ On for your generous contributions.

Bissell Centre Truck Stop

Bissell Centre Truck Stop

It was also a wonderful experience working with the staff from the Bissell Centre. The agency has had a rough month, experiencing a fire in their Thrift Shoppe, but the staff were more than accommodating to help us put on this event on their day off! Thanks to the staff and volunteers for their hard work.

Check out a video of the event from CTV Edmonton.

Recap: Truck Stop in The Quarters

Up against some stiff festival and event competition (Thursdays in the summer are jam-packed with things to do!), we were a bit worried about the turnout leading up to the July 25, 2013 Truck Stop. But with the draw of four of Edmonton’s newest food trucks, and the opportunity to tour the Boyle Renaissance Plaza, we were happy with an estimated turnout of 1,000 people that night.

Truck Stop: The Quarters

The Food Fighter, La Poutine, The Local Omnivore and Swich served up their creative take on street food, including fig and bacon sandwiches, pulled pork poutine, inside-out grilled cheese and green curry chicken sandwiches!

Truck Stop: The Quarters

In order to ensure finances wouldn’t be a barrier to enjoy the event, the Boyle Street Community League sponsored a significant number of vouchers that were distributed to low-income residents and community members. It was such a generous gesture that we really appreciated.

It was great to see the plaza animated with crowds, and the age range of those who came out, too!

Truck Stop: The Quarters

City of Edmonton staff offered free face paining for children (and “adventurous adults”), and also conducted tours of the new building.

Truck Stop: The Quarters

Virgin Radio provided us with an upbeat soundtrack throughout the evening, making sure those passing by in their cars knew there was a party taking place!

Truck Stop: The Quarters

Thanks to everyone who came out for the event! Stay tuned for details about our next What the Truck?! taking place in August.