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Holiday Food Truck Rodeo in Knightdale to Benefit Meals on Wheels ~ Sunday December 13th.


Bo’s Kitchen ~ Korean Food Truck

The RDU Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) invites the Triangle community to their first annual Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo this Sunday, December 13th, from 12-4pm at Knightdale Station Park  located at 810 N First Avenue (map).

The rodeo will feature 15 food trucks with windows up and serving a variety of cuisines and over 80 members of the Association have participated in some phase of the event.  In addition to the food truck rodeo, there will be a photo booth to capture moments with the Town of Knightdale’s Christmas tree, a piñata from Bandido’s, and both Bull City Ciderworks serving local cider & Nickelpoint Brewing serving local craft beer. Rudolph’s friend Santa will make an appearance to greet guests arriving on the Jam Ice Cream truck around 1pm.

“For our first association event, we wanted to highlight one of our core values, Community,” says Art Sheppard, CEO of RDUMFA.  “We selected Meals on Wheels of Wake County, because it is a charity that fits our organization’s core value.  It also meets closely to how our food trucks operate, meals on wheels!”

“We selected Knightdale, because of Knightdale Station Park and the community feeling that it presents,” says Sheppard. The park is home to the Town’s food truck rodeos, special events, and weekly lunches for Food Truck Thursdays.

Food trucks will arrive early to decorate their trucks in the holiday spirit and guests are encouraged to arrive early to watch.  Food truck fans will also have a chance to vote on the best-decorated food truck. For more information about the Holiday rodeo or to learn more about local food trucks in the Triangle area visit the RDU Mobile Food Association facebook page at

Trucks Scheduled for the 2015 “Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo
Bo’s Kitchen, Caffe Bellezza, Captain Ponchos, CockADoodleMoo, Dusty Donuts, Mama Voula’s, OMG Chicken, Philly’s, Pho Nomenal Dumpling, Route Bistro, Sarge’s, Stuft, Sweet Traditions, Thai Box Zing, and Will & Pop’s


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Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale Starting September 3rd

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Knightdale Station Park

Every Thursday from September through November, the town of Knightdale is hosting “Food Truck Thursdays” with a new food truck scheduled each week. The weekly truck will be parked at Knightdale Station Park near the amphitheater each Thursday 11am to 2pm. Since there is a shelter at the park these scheduled stops will go on “rain or shine”. This is a great way to grab lunch from your favorite truck, or try a new one, and enjoy lunch in a beautiful outdoor setting.

"Food Truck Thursdays" Kicks off with the Lobster Truck Sept. 3rd

“Food Truck Thursdays” Starts September 3rd with Cousins Main Lobster

The following is the the list of trucks currently scheduled for Knightdale’s “Food Truck Thursdays”. Be sure to visit the town’s website for updates to the schedule here .
9/3/2015       Cousin’s Maine Lobster
9/10/2015     American Meltdown
9/17/2015     D’Burritos
9/24/2015     Bulkogi
10/1/2015     Wandering Moose
10/8/2015     Bam Pow Chow
10/15/2015   CockADoodleMoo
10/22/2015   Halal Haven
10/29/2015   Chirba Chirba
11/5/2015     Virgil’s Jamaica
11/12/2015   MacuRoni
11/19/2015   Stuft

Save the Date 
Knightdale’s “Drafts & Carafe’s” Festival: October 17th (4-8pm)

While your at it, make sure you mark your calendar for Saturday October 17th, 2015 for Knightdale’s “Drafts & Carafe’s” Festival. This  event will also be held at the Knightdale Station Park and feature local wineries, breweries, vendors selling beer/wine related crafts/artwork, music and food trucks.

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11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant Saturday June 6th!

passing judgement on best beaver tails

Past Pageant Queens Passing Judgement on Best Beaver Tails
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The 11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant, a free and fun event, will be held on Saturday, June 6th in the meadow at Duke Park (Acadia at Knox Street) in Durham. Pre-pageant activities will begin at 4pm, and the pageant will start at 5pm. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Beavers do Bollywood!”


Dancing Unicorn
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The Beaver Queen Pageant is one of Durham’s marquee events and is rich in the history and culture of the community. Started in 2005 by members of the Duke Park neighborhood in order to protect beavers from a potentially harmful road construction project; it has grown into a large scale event that attracts hundreds of people from all over the Triangle who are interested in protecting wetlands and want to give a helping hand to beavers. It is a free, family-friendly beaver ‘beauty pageant’ that is a creative outlet for both the contestants and the audience.

Frank Stasio

MC Frank Stasio of NPR
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

As with every pageant the five beaver-drag contestants will walk the swamp-way in their evening gown attire, participate in an interview, and showcase their skills in the talent section.  The judges are anything but impartial as the audience ‘bribes’ them to support the performer they like the best, adding to the entertainment value of the event. WUNC’s Frank Stasio will serve as emcee for the fourth straight year.

Crowd in the Meadow at Duke Park
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

This annual event in Duke Park is a hit with kids of all ages due to the outrageous costumes and audience engagement. More than just being fun, it honors diversity, supports community, promotes creativity, and adds to the uniqueness of Durham. Food trucks on site will include Only Burger, Sympathy for the Deli, Pie Pushers, and The Parlour. There will also be a Locopops cart and a Scrap Exchange booth where people of all ages can make their own beaver tails! Dressing up is encouraged.

The Judges

The Judges
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

The event is a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and its purpose is to raise awareness of our community’s waterways and pockets of nature, and to raise money to help protect and restore these precious resources for all to enjoy.

Bulltown Strutters

The Bulltown Strutters
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

ECWA encourages community involvement with Ellerbe Creek and the land alongside it, through workdays, nature hikes, and outreach into schools and neighborhoods that border the creek. Long-term goals for the organization include creating an interconnected network of trails and nature preserves linking downtown to Falls Lake, restoring water quality and habitat in Ellerbe Creek, and creating spaces for people in the community to enjoy.

...and the winner is Furrah Gnawsett-Majors

2012 Queen Furrah Gnawsett-Majors
Photo courtesy Aaron Zalonis Photography

11th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant
Date: Saturday June 6th
Time: 4pm (pre-pageant fun) 5pm (pageant begins)
Location: Duke Park in Durham (Acadia at Knox Street)

Photos used with permission from Aaron Zalonis Photography. Visit his 2012 Beaver Queen Pageant photo album on flickr here.


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Picture of the Week: Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

On Sunday I hit up the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. The weather was absolutely perfect for Raleigh’s first official rodeo of 2015. There were over 50 food trucks lined up along Fayetteville Street and nearby side streets, including the areas newest trucks Cousins Maine Lobster. This rodeo is a well organized event the features not only local trucks, but attracts trucks from throughout North Carolina with trucks traveling from as far away as Charlotte and the Carolina Coast. I snapped the picture above while enjoying some shade in one of the many seating areas provided by the rodeo organizers. If you missed this weekend’s rodeo you’ll have three more chances on the dates provided below. Of course there are many other food truck events to look forward to all spring and summer long. As always to stay up on all the Triangle food truck news and events check out the The Wandering Sheppard’s Food Truck Blog.

Upcoming Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo Dates
June 14th 1-6pm
August 9th 4-9pm
October 11th 1-6pm


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Picture of the Week: Arepa Culture Food Truck at Big Boss


Arepa Culture NC Food Truck

The weather is finally warming up and it’s time to get outside! This past Sunday I took advantage of the nice day and paid a visit to the Big Boss Run Club. While there I had the pleasure of trying the food from the Arepa Culture food truck for the first time after my run. The truck serves “Arepas”- a gluten free corn based flat bread formed into a patty that is grilled, split open and stuffed with a variety of ingredients. I enjoyed the “La Tica” which is an Arepa stuffed with shredded chicken, sauteed peppers & onions and melted cheese. It went great with a pint of Big Boss Angry Angel Kolsch.

They have several other Arepa offerings including ones with pulled pork bbq, shredded beef, chicken salad and avocado, and a caprese with fresh mozzarella, tomato pesto and olive oil. It’s a great truck and I suggest checking them out if you are on the hunt for a great Arepa or the next time you are looking to try something new. Arepa Culture is very good about letting people know where they will be parked each day by posting their location on social media. You can follow them on twitter, facebook, and instagram to keep tabs on where they will be next.

This was the last Sunday run with the Big Boss Run Club as they transition back to Tuesday night runs at the brewery starting Tuesday March 17th at 7pm. I highly recommend you check it out if you are looking for a fun social run club. It’s free and open to runners of all abilities. Routes offered include 3 and 5 mile options. After each weekly run there is usually a beer special offered by Big Boss with a select beer for just $3 a pint. Food trucks are regular visitors to the club as well.

Cheers to warmer weather!

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