Moveable Feast organizers checked in this week with an update of Tacoma's first mobile food meetup on July 29 at Cheney Stadium. I was impressed to see more than half of the 35 vendors will be South Sound mobile food vendors, catering stands or local restaurants. That's a big increase from the short list organizers had initially booked when the event was announced in early June.
For background, read this June 7 blog post, but the quick and dirty highlights are this: The event is organized by Alyson Jones, director of media and events for the Tacoma Rainiers. The one-day feast will be free except for the cost of food from the trucks, with each truck setting its own pricing. Working with Jones to organize the meetup is Odette D’Aniello, owner of Celebrity Cake Studio, which has its own hard-to-miss lavender cupcake truck that roams the region doling out treats. This event, organizers hope, will introduce gritty city eaters to mass food cart culture - a phenomena popping up all over the country, fueled by cheaper restaurant start-up costs and a culture cultivated by media (like this tv show). Unlike communities that have prominent lots hosting multiple food carts, Tacoma’s fledgling mobile food community has yet to coalesce at a single location. The Tollefson Plaza food cart pilot project, a city supported idea to attract food carts to a downtown plaza, found few takers. Will this provide food cart vendors the gas they need to figure out how to offer something like this?
Here is the updated vendor list. Check back next Friday for a full preview of the July 29 event.
South Sound mobile trucks, catering stands and local restaurants: Barriga Llena (Mexican), Burrito Boy (Mexican, owned by Josefina's), Celebrity Cake Studio's Cakemobile (desserts), Choripan (Argentina), Firehouse Grill's Extreme Burgers (burgers), Fleischkuechle (fried meat pies, of Puyallup Fair fame), Hello Cupcake (dessert), Hilltop Pop Shop (frozen treats), Ice Cream Social (dessert), Island Comfort Food (Island style barbecue), Jamaican Sensation, Jay Dogs (hot dogs), Kinetic Kitchens (American food), Lumpia World (Filipino), Pampeana Empanadas (turnovers/empanadas), Pull My Ear, Ricardo's Wood Fired Pizza, Rico's Tacos.
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Seattle area vendors: Skillet Street Food (upscale American), Maximus Minimus (the kitschy truck shaped like a pig serving pulled pork sandwiches), Where Ya At, Matt (Cajun and soul food), Athena's (Mediterranean), Big Food Mobile (flatbread sandwiches), The Jerk Station (Caribbean), Street Treats (desserts), Off the Rez (fry bread), Contigo (modern Mexican), Fusion on the Run (island food/banh mi), I Want Curry Now (Indian), The Box on Wheels (Asian fusion), Raney Brothers BBQ and Kaosamai Thai.
Tacoma Moveable FeastWhen: noon-7 p.m. Sunday July 29, 2012Cost: Free, other than the cost of food at the trucks. Free parking.VIP entry: 11 a.m.-noon; $10 buys an hour early access and a festival T-shirt. VIP tickets are the only way to get the shirt.Details: tacomafoodtruck.com
In case you missed my story last month, here's my guide to 14 South Sound taco trucks.