Catering trucks and street food vendors don't enjoy the best reputations. Until recently, food trucks were known for suspect tuna salad on stale white bread with limp lettuce and coffee so strong it could strip the paint off your car. Not true any more, thanks largely to the Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race. Today, food trucks are the hottest thing going in American cuisine. And they have earned a huge following on Florida's Space Coast.
There are no limits to the types of food that are now being sold from trucks and carts: a vast assortment of chicken dishes, Korean BBQ, tacos, Indian curries, sushi, waffles, cupcakes, rice balls, regular, gourmet, eco-friendly, or Black Angus, grass-fed, organic burgers. Then there is vegan-friendly fare, ice cream treats and desserts of every type and delicious design. And no surprise here, along with local foodie entrepreneurs, corporate giants like Taco Bell, Duncan Donuts, and Baja Fresh are riding the gravy train--or truck, in this case.
Here are some up-coming food truck events in Brevard for those who want to see what all the excitement is about.
The Food Truck Bazaar
Central Florida's original and oldest traveling gourmet food truck event, The Food Truck Bazaar, is coming to Titusville. The location is Sandpoint Park, 101 North Washington Ave and the trucks will be ready to serve from 6 - 8 p.m. on the following dates:
- September 24, 2012
- October 29, 2012
- November 26, 2012
- December 17, 2012
A Night of the Classics in Cocoa Village
Prepare to enjoy the 'sweet musical sounds' of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles performed by some of Brevard's favorite musicians at 'A Night of the Classics' on Saturday, August 31st at Riverfront Park Amphitheater in Cocoa Village. Entertainment takes place from 7 p.m. until midnight and vendors will be open at 6 p.m..Admission is 'free'.
Activities will include the 'vintage' vendor area, on stage giveaways throughout the evening, raffles, and food trucks. Coolers will not be allowed into the concert. Pets are welcome and must be on a leash and have proof of current shots along with a county tag. All proceeds raised from the concert will go to the Central Brevard Humane Society in Cocoa to help the homeless animals.
Cultural Art Showcase
On Sept 22, the Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts, 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne will host a Cultural Art Showcase. Visitors can enjoy performances from various local arts groups throughout the day, including two free family concerts featuring the Brevard Symphony Orchestra. A Food Truck Bazaar will kick off the day’s celebrations at noon. Admission is free. For more information call (321) 242-2024 or visit culturalartsshowcase.com.
What can people expect when they visit an event where food trucks will be the only dining option available? Experienced 'food truckies' offer the following tips:
- Think tailgating: bring your own chairs or you won't have a place to sit.
- Expect about 10-15 trucks (all subject to change without notice).
- Most trucks take credit cards but ask first.
- The average meal will cost $6-$10.
- Expect long lines.
- Some trucks will run out of food.
- Brace yourself for loud generators on most trucks.
Food trucks aren't meant to be fancy, romantic candlelight dining. But they don't require reservations or a tie either. They aren't for everyone. What they are is an economical, fun way to step out for a bite to eat. Check them out!