Save the Date: What the Truck?! on September 20, 2013

We are two weeks away from our biggest event ever! The food truck season will soon be winding down, but not before we bring sixteen trucks to the heart of downtown:

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square
Where: Churchill Square
When: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 4-8pm
Check out the Facebook event to RSVP and spread the word!

What the Truck?! at Churchill Square

Here’s the lineup you can look forward to:

Stay tuned for menus to be posted next week. Hope to see you there!

August 24, 2013 What the Truck?! Menus

We’re just over a week away from our next big event, and we hope you’re getting as excited as we are!

What: What the Truck?! at Louise McKinney
Where: Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Time: 5-9pm

Here are the menus you can expect that night:

Battista’s Calzone

  • Spicy Italian Calzone – locally made Italian sausage, peppers and spices
  • Vegetariano Calzone – peppers, mushrooms, onions, and olives
  • Classico Calzone – capocollo, salami, peppers and oniones

Bully

  • Fried Bacon Bully Mac Bites with Baconaise – creamy 6 cheese Bully Mac with smoky bacon, green onions coated in panko and fried crispy with Chef-made Baconaise
  • The Craziest Philly Beef Ever – Indian-spiced beef with lemongrass, ginger, and white onion gravy served on fresh naan bread with paneer cheese, pickled red onions and crispy fried onions
  • Stuffed Pork Loin with Thomson Cherry Alberta Whiskey Jus – bacon and ground pork mixed with fresh herbs and garlic stuffed inside Alberta Pork topped with Thomson cherry whiskey jus; served with truffle potato salad and lime scented local corn
  • Vietnamese Stuffed Chicken Thigh – marinated boneless chicken thigh stuffed with julienned vegetables, served with cucumber wrapped greens in a sesame miso lime vinaigrette and red rice blend
  • Double Chocolate Cookie Cupcakes – filled with peanut butter, covered with chocolate and topped with your choice of bacon or Skor bits
  • Bailey’s Rice Crispy Squares – covered with chocolate and kettle corn popcorn

Carnival Cravings

  • Mini Donuts
  • Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
  • Cotton Candy
  • Fudge from Phil’s Fudge Factory
  • Ice Cream Novelties

Crooked Fork

  • Mayan Buried Treasure – marinated pork wrapped in banana leaves slow roasted, with pickled red onions and habanero; served with refried black beans
  • Duo of Crispy Shrimp Cakes – served with pico de gallo salad and chipotle mayo
  • Chicken Fajita Wrap – chicken breast, bell peppers, onions, red Mexican fried rice and a roasted tomato and dry chili sauce.

Eva Sweet

  • Chicken n’ Waffle – spicy chicken breast, Liege waffle and maple syrup
  • Dessert Waffle – with strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce

Lemon Grass Grill

  • Lemongrass Chicken Skewers
  • Lemongrass Beef Skewers
  • Vietnamese Pork Sausage, Pork or Vegetarian Vietnamese Spring rolls
  • Salad Rolls
  • Onion Cakes

Molly’s Eats

  • Cemita Sandwich (Mexican) – adobo pulled pork, chipotle creama, avocado spread, cilantro and mozza in a sesame bun
  • Feijoada (Brazilian) – ham hocks, beef & Irvings sausage with black beans, onions and tomato sauce, topped with cilantro and green onions; served with a side of sautéed kale (gluten-free)
  • Escabeche Salad (Southern States/Mexican) – pickled carrots, onions & jalepenos (gluten-free)
  • Salchipapas (Peruvian) – fries topped with seared hot dog slices (gluten-free)
  • Alfajores Sandwich Cookie (Latin American) – vanilla cookies filled with dulce de leche

Sailin’ On

  • Coconut BLT Sandwich – coconut bacon, homemade roasted garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato, and carrot on a tortilla wrap
  • The (no) Meatball Sandwich – mushroom risotto balls, homemade tomato sauce, fresh arugula and vegan parmesan cheese on a toasted bun
  • The Irish – fresh cut fries, vegan cheddar, curry sauce, roasted garlic mayo, topped with shredded cabbage, carrot and green onion
  • Curry Chips – fresh cut fries, smothered in homemade curry sauce
  • Standard – fresh cut fries, served straight up
  • Vegan doughnuts from Moonshine Doughnuts
  • Vegan cookies from Bloom Cookie Co.

Smokehouse BBQ

  • Pig Balls – deep fried risotto balls stuffed with pulled pork and caramalized onions (gluten-free)
  • Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Bacon Bomb Sandwich
  • Burnt Ends Sandwich

Yellowbird Café

  • Teriyaki Loco Moco
  • Miso Pork Sandwich
  • Basil Chicken Avocado Sandwich
  • Veggie Curry

See you on August 24! RSVP on Facebook here.

Save the Date: What the Truck?! on August 24, 2013

Our next big What the Truck?! is coming up in just over two weeks! We’re looking forward to bringing ten food trucks into the river valley:

What: What the Truck?! at Louise McKinney
Where: Louise McKinney Riverfront Park
When: Saturday, August 24, 2013
Time: 5-9pm

Louise McKinney Riverfront Park

Here’s the lineup you can look forward to:

Stay tuned for menus to be posted next week. Hope to see you there!

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!

Swich

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

See you there!

Want to join our organizing team?

We’re looking for individuals who might be interested in joining our organizing team!

As you may know, What the Truck?! is organized by myself and Sharon. That’s not to say that we do everything ourselves – we’re very grateful to have amazing partners and volunteers that work hard to help make our events successful. This is now our third season, and I think it’s safe to say we’ve come a long way since our first event in Beaver Hills House Park! We’ve added new trucks, visited new locations, worked on policy, grown our online presence, and much more.

Now we’re ready to add to the organizing team. If you’re passionate about food trucks and want to get involved in helping What the Truck?! grow and evolve, we want to hear from you. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Event planning including venue selection and logistics
  • Coordinating with food trucks
  • Managing social media and other promotional efforts
  • Working with partners and sponsors

Interested? Please get in touch with us. Be sure to let us know what you love about food trucks and why you want to get involved!