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.

Join us in The Quarters tomorrow (July 25) for Truck Stop!

We’re excited to see all of you tomorrow in The Quarters for our next Truck Stop, taking place at the Boyle Renaissance building (103A Avenue between 95 Street & 96 Street) from 5pm to 8pm.

Boyle Renaissance

Here are some details about the event we wanted to highlight:

  • We encourage you to take public transit or to walk, but if you want to drive there is of course street parking available in the area, as well as at the old York Hotel site (10401 96 Street). The lot is directly north of Fire Hall #1, and it’s first-come, first-served.
  • While you’re at the event, there’s lots to do! Of course you’ll want to eat – here are the menus.
  • There will be picnic tables on site for your use.
  • City staff and YMCA volunteers will be on-hand to provide tours of the new building.
  • There will also be children’s activities at the building, including face painting!
  • Our friends at 104.9 Virgin Radio will be on-site providing some tunes.

The forecast looks great (knock-on-wood) so come and enjoy tasty eats from four of Edmonton’s newest food trucks. We hope to see you there!

July 25, 2013 Truck Stop Menus

We hope you’re excited for our Truck Stop next week!

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Renaissance
Where: Boyle Renaissance Plaza, 103A Avenue & 95 Street
When: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: 5-8p.m.

If you’re not, wait until you see these menus!

The Food Fighter

  • Steak sandwich
  • Bulgogi burger
  • Fig & Bacon sandwich
  • Grilled veggie sandwich

La Poutine

  • Traditional Poutine: hand-cut fries + local cheese curds + gravy
  • Vegan Poutine: hand-cut fries + daiya vegan cheese + vegan gravy
  • Cowboy Poutine: Traditional + seasoned ground beef
  • Party Poutine: Traditional + seasoned ground beef + hot sauce + sour cream + green onion
  • Pulled Pork: Traditional + BBQ pulled pork + coleslaw

The Local Omnivore

  • Bacon Fried Egg Sandwich – bacon, egg and cheddar on Turkish loaf
  • Greens, Egg, No Ham – steamed kale, egg and feta on Turkish loaf
  • BLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo on Turkish loaf
  • Inside-Out Grilled Cheese – cheddar and swiss cheese inside bread!


  • Montreal Smoke Meat Sandwich
  • Mortadella Sandwich
  • Green Curry Chicken Sandwich
  • Ice Cream Sandwiches

See you there!

July 25, 2013 Truck Stop Line-Up

We are counting down the weeks until our next Truck Stop event, taking place on July 25, 2013 in The Quarters.

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Renaissance
Where: Boyle Renaissance Plaza, 103A Avenue & 95 Street
When: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: 5-8p.m.

We’re excited to be a part of this showcase, which is shaping up to be quite the party! There will be children’s activities, music, a movie projection and tours of the new facility.

And of course, there will be food! We are thrilled that four of the food trucks that debuted this year will be joining us that night. This will be one of the best opportunities to try food from several of the newest trucks in town, all in one place!

We will be posting the menus on July 18, so stay tuned!