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Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo Success!


Food Trucks on Fayetteville Street

In case you missed it, this past Sunday downtown Raleigh was the host of a huge food truck rodeo – the biggest ever in Raleigh with over 40 food trucks in attendance. Trucks were set up along Fayetteville Street starting just south of the Capital Building. The inaugural event ran from noon to 5pm on Sunday, but if you missed it don’t worry, similar food truck events will be held on June 9th, August 11th, and October 13th. Visit DowntownRaleighFoodTruckRodeo.com for updates about future events.


Barone – New Meatball Food Truck

Raleigh has checkered past with food trucks. While the food truck rules in the City of Oaks are not quite as lenient as in Durham, contrary to popular belief foods trucks are allowed in Raleigh. This was just the first time so many of them were all together at one time here in Raleigh. All in all I think the event organizers did a good job with this first event. There were over 40 trucks spanning a wide range of cuisine including meatball sandwiches, pizza, Korean bbq, and dumplings. Several of the local fan favorites were on hand like Klausie’s Pizza, Chirba Chirba, and American Meltdown. There were also a few new trucks I’ve never seen before from neighboring Greensboro like Urban Street Grill, and Great Escape.


Seating Area

Everyone I talked to was appreciative of the seating areas provided so people had a place to sit and eat instead of being forced to stand and balance their plates. Of course there were some complaints about the usual long lines and wait times for some of the more popular trucks, but I have been to enough of these events to know it comes with the territory. Some say you should have more trucks, but honestly that just draws even more people and the popular trucks will always have a big fan base waiting in line. In general a good rule of thumb is to come early and come with a game plan so you don’t waste time looking for trucks you want to try.


Local Beer – Aviator Brewing out of Fuquay Varina

Another great aspect of the rodeo was that it featured some of our great local breweries too. Three local breweries, Aviator Brewing, Carolina Brewing Company, and the City of Oaks newest addition Raleigh Brewing Company, were all on hand selling their brew. All three did a great job of ensuring they had enough beer and kept the line of thirsty rodeo fans moving.


Sweet Stacey Cakes – Cupcake Food Truck aka “Smiles”

Several of my favorite trucks were at the rodeo and I made a point of hitting them first before the long lines started forming. I got a smoked turkey sandwich from Sympathy for the Deli and followed it up with a “Thin Mint” cupcake from Sweet Stacey Cakes. I never miss a chance to get food from these trucks when I see them and they never disappoint. Both really hit the spot on Sunday! Another favorite of mine is the Parlour Ice Cream truck. Their salted caramel ice cream is heavenly!


Food Truck Fans

Looking back on Sunday’s event I think this first large scale rodeo in Raleigh will go down as a big success for the city and serve as an example of the growing demand for such events in Raleigh. Hopefully city leaders will continue to recognize the positive role food trucks play in the evolving downtown scene and will create an environment that encourages more of these events in the future. For information about future food truck rodeos in Raleigh check out DowntownRaleighFoodTruckRodeo.com or follow them on facebook.


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This Weekend’s Picks! April 26-28th


This weekend is absolutely packed with outdoor events! From beer festivals and food truck rodeos in Raleigh to live music in Wake Forest! See below for my top picks for things to do this weekend in the Triangle. Have a tip or suggestion for next week? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 26th

“Flash Food Truck Friday” at Rebus Works
Rebus Works is hosting a Flash Food Truck Friday at the gallery this week. It is to promote the presence of 3 huge Food Truck Rodeos that will be happening in downtown Raleigh throughout the summer. This event will feature beer from Foothills Brewery and Raleigh Brewery, a DJ spinning tunes, and four awesome local food trucks (including two new ones! (D Burritos, Baton Rouge Cuisine, Captain Poncho’s Tacos, Hibachi Express).

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where:  Rebus Works, 301 Kinsey Street – Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday April 27th

Day One Pop Up Restaurant – This Week: Vegan Menu!
Day One is a pop-up restaurant that takes over Ninth Street Bakery once a week, Saturday nights, from 5:30PM-11PM. Seating is first-come, first-served. The menu this Saturday will be a  “Southern Soul” Vegan theme. The menu will include Vegan Mac and Cheese, Hoppin’ John Salad with Tabasco Vinaigrette, “Chicken-Fried” Tofu, Mashed Potatoes, Smoked Collards with 2 Gravies, Apple Cobbler, Agave Sweet Tea, Mango Juice, Beer. As a special treat, Southern Folklife musicologists Jason Perlmutter and Josh Davis are contributing a DJ mix of exclusively rare soul tunes that were recorded/produced right here in Durham.

When: Saturday 5:30-11pm
Where: 136 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham
More Info: website

Piedmont Farm Tour (Sat/Sun)
Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm & food scene. Meet local farmers & tour their farms! Load up a car with your friends and family, choose the farms you’d like to visit on the map or brochure below and get out in the countryside! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Triangle in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties. Visit any farm in any order.

When: Saturday & Sunday 1-5pm
Where: Various Farms (See Website)
Cost: $25 per car / $30 day of tour
More Info: website

Shop Local Raleigh  presents their second annual Brewgaloo local beer festival in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza. Brewgaloo 2013 will feature 25 craft breweries from North Carolina including several favorites from right here in the Triangle.  There will also be 14 local food truckson hand to feed the hungry crowd and live music  provided on two stage from 8 different local bands.

When: Saturday 3-9pm
Where: Raleigh City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
Cost: Free Admission / Beer tokens $5
More Info: website

Festival of Legends (Sat/Sun)
North Carolina’s newest fantasy faire, the Festival of Legends returns April 27-28 2013 to Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, NC! Come frolic with all manner of creatures mythical and enjoy fine mead and beer while a host of extraordinary entertainers performs on  stage; peruse unique artist’s creations and dance to the beat of tribal drums! It will be a party retold in stories for a long time to come!

When: Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm
Cost: see website
Where: One Storybook Lane, Chapel Hill, NC
More Info: website

Sunday April 28th

Children of the Horn – Wake Forest Six Sundays Music Series
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Town of Wake Forest, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series returns for 2013 on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2. This week’s headlining band is Children of the Horn (Soul/Funk with horns!). These FREE concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Opening bands starting at 3 pm, with the main acts starting at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm. Food vendors will there include VFW food trailer, the Lemon TreeSweet Traditions by LeAne (cupcakes) and Lumpy’s Ice Cream!

When: Sunday 3-7pm
Where: E. Carrol Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road, Wake Forest
More Info: website

Help Give These Two Local Businesses a Kick Start!
These two great local businesses in Raleigh and Durham have initiated Kickstarter campaigns to help raise funds make their visions a reality and on the ground and running. Check out their kickstarter websites (listed below) for more information!

The Market – Restaurant, Grocer, Caterer – The Market is moving into a new location and expanding the vision. They needs the communities help to bring fresh produce/prepared foods (grocery), restaurant and catering services utilizing locally based suppliers, an in-house butcher featuring humanly raised meats, and other basic sundries to downtown Raleigh. Visit their Kickstarter Page to learn more about their vision and how you can help!

Rose’s Meat Market & Sweet Shop – Justin & Katie moved here with a dream of opening a whole animal butcher and pastry shop in downtown Durham. Check out their  Kickstarter Page to learn more how you can help make this happen! 


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This Weekend’s Picks! ~ March 8-10, 2013


Weekend of March 8-10th

There are some great things going on this weekend in the Triangle! Here are some of my picks for things to check out the weekend of Friday  March 8th through Sunday March 10th.

Friday March 8th

Rebirth Brass Band Concert
Grammy Award winning New Orleans brass band.
When: Friday 8pm
Where: Carrboro Arts Center, 300-G East Main Street, Carrboro (map)
Tickets: $18/$22
More Info: website

Live Music at Sola Coffee & Cafe
Great local coffee & Ace & T-Bone Original Acoustic Blues, Jazz & Folk
When: Friday 7:30pm
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh (map)
More Info: website

Saturday March 9th

Food Truck Rodeo with “Gouge” Wrestling
Live wrestling matches, 7 food trucks, and local beer.
When: Saturday 5-9pm
Where: Rebus Works, 301-2 Kinsey Street, Raleigh (map)
More Info: website

Raleigh Brewing Company Grand Opening
Grand opening celebration of Raleigh’s newest brewery w/ live music, food trucks, and beer (of course!).
When: Saturday 5pm-12am.
Where: Raleigh Brewing Company, 3709 Neil St, Raleigh  (map)
More Info: website

Sunday March 10th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo
53 food trucks, music, and local beer for sale from Fullsteam Brewery.
When: Sunday 12:30-4:30
Where: Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street, Durham (map)
More Info: website

Other Suggestions

Some great local businesses have recently opened their doors in downtown Durham that should be on everyone’s list to check out.  If you are over in the Bull City this weekend stop in to Cocoa Cinnamon for a great latte, cup of coffee, or tea. I also recommend you check out the just opened brick and mortar location for Monuts Donuts. They make the best donuts ever! Both of these local businesses  have created incredible spaces for the community to enjoy.

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Recap Of The Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Rodeo In Durham


View looking down Foster Street in Durham

The Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park over Labor Day weekend  was the largest food truck rodeo in the Triangle to date. There were over 45 local trucks participating offering all kinds of culinary delights ranging from Detroit style pizza, dumplings, Korean BBQ, gourmet donuts, to raw healthy vegetarian foods! The event organizers organizers, Becky Cascio of Pie Pushers and Brian Bottger of Only Burger did an outstanding job coordinating this rodeo. Not only was the truck turnout impressive but the layout and spacing of the trucks really helped with the customer lines and crowd control making for a very enjoyable experience.


Trucks lined up along both sides of Foster St.

Trucks were lined up under the Farmer’s Market pavillion and along Foster and Hunt Street. To help limit generator noise, a large (and very quiet) industrial sized generator from Hertz was used to power all of the trucks at the rodeo which eliminating the need for individual generators which are often much noisier. I don’t make it to too many of these rodeos because I usually catch my favorite trucks on their regular visits to places like Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh but I couldn’t resists seeing all of the trucks in one place.


Philly’s Cheese Steak Truck

I also wanted to check out some of the newer trucks on scene like the Philly Cheese Steak truck pictured above. They are the newest truck out of Raleigh, and regularly setup in the parking lot of Gypsy Jule on North West Street in downtown Raleigh on weekend nights. Although I didn’t get a chance to sample their food that day, they are now on the top of my list to try!


The Humble Pig

I also spotted the The Humble Pig truck. They have been around for a while now, but I’ve never seen their truck during my travels before and thought I would grab this shot of the crowd getting in the line to buy some of their well regarded locally sourced bar-b-que. I like the little pig in their logo too. So many trucks were there that day and I had so little time eat. I hope to find their truck again soon.


Gussy’s Greek

As I walked along Foster Street I came upon another truck I hadn’t seen before It was a blue truck called Gussy’s Greek. As the name implies they feature Greek fare like gyros, grilled chicken pita sandwiches, homemade hummus, falafel and Greek salads. I liked the look of the truck (upon looking over the truck I realized it was the old Slippin’ Sliders truck) and the customers I spoke to were very excited about the food the got from Gussy’s. So now I have them on my list to try soon as well!


Sympathy for the Deli

It is always good to go to these rodeos with a plan in mind. Know what trucks you want to try and get to them early. If you spend too much time meandering around, the lines will grow long before you make up your mind on what to eat. On this occasion I was determined to try one of the sandwiches from the Sympathy for the Deli truck. They are mobile deli serving sandwiches made with locally-sourced, sustainable meats, all hand-cured, roasted, and smoked in  Durham. I got in line as soon as  I arrived to beat the crowd and was rewarded with the most amazing sandwich I have ever had.


My smoked turkey sandwich from Sympathy for the Deli

The smoked turkey sandwich I purchased from Sympathy For The Deli had incredible smoked turkey meat topped with lettuce, locally grown tomatoes, onion, herb mayo, and swiss cheese. All nestled between warm toasted sourdough bread. I also had a side of their signature spicy pickled sugar snap peas that they call “Peakles”.

The sandwich was amazing! It was full of flavorful chunks of succulent smoked turkey that went great with the herb mayo and veggie toppings.  They bread was fantastic too – it was thick (but not too thick) and toasted yet had a soft center making the sandwich very easy to eat! I loved this sandwich and thought the “Peakles” were a tasty and creative side.  I can’t wait to try another sandwich from them and plan to do a more in-depth review of their truck and food offerings  soon.


Triangle Raw Foods

Just because it is a food truck doesn’t mean the food you get from it can’t be healthy. A perfect example of this is the Triangle Raw Foods truck. Matthew Daniels and Jane Howard Crutchfield, the folks behind TRF, offer raw, gluten-free, dairy-free, meatless meals. They come to the rodeo with their meals already prepared so there is no wait time which is another huge plus.

On this particular day their menu featured pad thai, green burritos, tunot nori rolls, asian marinated kale, sweet potato & apple salad, and pumpkin & chocolate tarts.  I stopped by and said hello to Matt and Jane, who are both fantastic people by the way, and picked up some of the tunot nori rolls and pumpkin tarts to take home and share with my wife. We both thoroughly enjoyed their healthy raw food creations and I look forward to trying more of their menu items in the future.


The Paws4Ever Waggin’ Wagon

Some have speculated that the food truck scene in the Triangle may have reached capacity with over 45 trucks now serving the area. However,  I think there is always room for a new idea as long as it is executed well. I found it very interesting to see a food truck dedicated to Dogs. It is called the Paws4Ever Waggin’ Wagon and serves gourmet treats four our four-legged friends. Not surprisingly, the truck was quite popular with many customers in the crowd who had their dogs along with them. I heard later through twitter that the Waggin’ Wagon was completely sold out by the end of the day!


Food trucks lined up along Hunt St.

If you missed the rodeo this time around there will be another massive Food Truck Roundup at Durham’s Central Park next month on October 28th. You can also view the rest of my pics from the latest rodeo in my flickr photo album.

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Food Trucks in Raleigh for August “First Friday” & Food Truck Rodeo at North Hills Monday August 6th!


American Meltdown Food Truck

As many of you know, Raleigh’s restrictions on food trucks are a little stricter than those in Durham. As a result the food truck scene in Raleigh is often a little less active than the Bull City. However, when First Friday rolls around you can count on finding trucks in downtown Raleigh. Below is a quick list of trucks that will be out and about in Raleigh today (Friday 8/3/12) and info about a food truck rodeo going down at North Hills on Monday 8/6. As always, follow your favorite food trucks on twitter to keep tabs on where they will be each week!

Food Trucks in Raleigh Today!

Friday Afternoon
11:30am-1:30pm – News & Observer Food Truck Rodeo
Only Burger
Klausie’s Pizza
The Parlour

Friday Night
Sympathy for the Deli – Lonerider Brewery from 5-9pm
Baguettaboutit – Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) from 6-10pm
American Meltdown – Marbles Museum IMAX Theater from 5-9pm tonight

MondayAfternoon (8/6/12) – North Hills Food Truck Rodeo
North Hills mall (in parking lot behind Bruegger’s) from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

Captrust, is hosting a food truck rodeo to benefit the the Payton Wright Foundation. 10% of all sales to be donated to the foundation, which raises money for pediatric brain cancer research.

The trucks scheduled to be there:
Klausie’s Pizza
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
Captain Ponchos Taco Truck
Gussy’s Greek Street Food
Olde North State BBQ
Big City Sandwiches
Big John’s Hot & Spicy
Kona Ice
Lumpy’s Ice Cream

More info on North Hills Food Truck Rodeo on their event facebook page here.


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