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See what’s on the menu at this weekend’s Mobile Food Fest

Donna Arnold, co-owner of Arnold’s Happy Days food truck, gives R.C. Campbell his order near the close of a first-ever food truck get-together on Market Street in Tacoma in 2015. The truck will serve this weekend at the Mobile Food Fest at Sprinker Recreation Center.
Donna Arnold, co-owner of Arnold’s Happy Days food truck, gives R.C. Campbell his order near the close of a first-ever food truck get-together on Market Street in Tacoma in 2015. The truck will serve this weekend at the Mobile Food Fest at Sprinker Recreation Center. Staff file, 2015

Find everything from lumpia to spicy Thai, crepes and two kinds of doughnut burgers at Mobile Food Fest, the second food truck festival sponsored by the Pierce County Parks and Rec Department.

The event will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at the Sprinker Recreation Center.

Other than July’s Food Truck Fest at Wright Park, this weekend’s festival will feature the largest gathering of local trucks at a single event.

Half of the 28 trucks serving are based in the South Sound.

Here’s a look at who’s serving and what, plus a look at menus.

Local trucks: Arnold’s Happy Days, Burrito Boy, C.J.’s Phillys, Curbside Urban Cuisine, The Frying Dutchman, Guilty Pleasures, Gnosh, Hometown Dogs, Lumpia World, On The Grind, Pit Stop Grill, P&J’s Waffle Delight, Stacks Burgers, Thyme Well Spent.

Out-of-area trucks: Auntie Anne’s, Bean Fish, Butt Naked Organics, Cauldron Artisan Soups, Chick N Fix, Crisp Creperie, Fish Basket, The Grilled Cheese Experience, Kama’aina Grill, Peasant Food Manifesto, Spicy Papaya, Tornado Potato, Tummy Yummy Thai.

Also serving: The Thirst Responder beer garden. The South Sound based truck is a tavern on wheels.

Seating: Some chairs and tables available, but bringing chairs or blankets is encouraged. Grass outfields at Sprinker will be open for seating.

Tip: Happening nearby is the Joint Base Lewis-McCord air show, which is viewable from Sprinker.

Also featuring: DJ music, a kids zone with activities, a $5 admission bounce house, dance performances.

Menu options

Arnold’s Happy Days: This Tacoma-based truck will serve Italian sausage on a roll with onions, bell peppers and sauce ($11), a chicken pesto wrap ($8), a marinated grilled veggie Italian wrap ($8), a classic cheeseburger meal ($11) and a jazzed-up burger with bacon, cherry peppers, cheese and onions($11). All of the above come with fries and a drink.

C.J.’s Philly: Chantel Jackson’s brand-new truck will serve a house Philly sandwich ($6) with steak, garlic aioli, bacon, caramelized onions and smoked provolone, and a southern Philly with steak, sweet pulled pork, honey cilantro coleslaw and peach salsa ($6). She also will have a barbecue sampler ($9) with brown sugar bourbon rib tips, mac and cheese, and mixed greens.

Curbside Urban Cuisine: “This year we decided to do a doughnut burger,” said truck coordinator Richard Houle. The quarter-pound burger will be topped with cheese and bacon and served on a raised, glazed doughnut, with fries and soda ($7). Also featured will be wraps ($6.50) with fries and soda (half-sized wraps also will be served). Kid-size cheeseburger and fries and a drink, $5.

The Frying Dutchman: This truck featuring fried fish and fish tacos will be offering a $5 menu. Its regular menu includes fish and chips, chicken strips and chips, fish or tofu tacos, and chips.

Gnosh: This new mobile restaurant from Stephanie Brooks will feature a four-cheese grilled sandwich with caramelized onions, a vegetarian sandwich and pizza fries. Her fries and sandwiches are $7-$9.

P&J’s Waffle Delight: Full and half sizes of waffles with fried chicken strips or wings ($8 half/$13 whole). The waffle and fried chicken sandwich will also be served in a half size for $7. A fair scone ($3) is also on the menu.

South Beach Cuisine and Espresso: This new truck from Jennifer and James Covello will serve their Miami/Cuban-inspired sandwiches, including a pan con bistec, a Cuban steak sandwich, their traditional roasted pork Cuban sandwich, a Philly sandwich, Cuban-themed burgers. Sides will include plantain chips with Cuban salsa and organic quinoa salad. They’ll also serve espresso and Italian sodas.

Stacks Burgers: This Federal Way-based food truck will serve a number of burgers, including “The King,” an Elvis-inspired burger with housemade raspberry-cherry jam, bacon, American cheese, arugula and peanut butter. Then there’s the “donut experience,” served with jam on a doughnut bun with cheese and bacon. Burgers range from $5-$9. Fries also will be served ($3). Gluten-free buns available.

Thyme Well Spent Catering: This truck also comes from Chantel Jackson and is part of a food truck incubator program. The menu will feature street tacos from around the world, including a Greek-inspired, Southern-inspired and curry taco. She’ll also have one with a Jamaican theme. Tacos are $3 each or three for $8.

Mobile Food Fest

Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma, piercecountywa.org/mobilefoodfest, free.

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