Cupcakes, and gator bites, and kangaroo-on-a-stick oh my!
Food trucks from all over the Sunshine State descended upon the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa for an unprecedented gathering, in an attempt at making history. The ‘World’s Largest Food Truck Rally’ took place on Saturday with a record-breaking 99 trucks in attendance; and tens of thousands of people were more than happy to gobble it up.
Before today, the largest food truck rally was held in Miami last April with 62 food trucks. Organizer Jeremy Gomez of Generation Food Truck estimates that at least 32,000 people were in attendance. Most vendors sold out long before the gates closed at 8 p.m.
There were tastes for every palate from the ordinary to the unusual. Guests noshed on Portuguese mango painted fish at Bem Bom Food, bacon-wrapped mac and cheese bites from Hott Mess, wild boar bacon from Not Your Ordinary Food Truck, and everything in between.
Various bands performed throughout the day, and bounce houses were set up to keep the kids entertained. St. Pete’s own Tropiccool Gourmet Sorbet was a beacon of light to those foodies that forged ahead despite the 90-degree temperatures, serving their gourmet ‘tropsicles’ from a convertible double-decker bus.
“We were slammed today,” exclaimed Stefan Cerf, Managing Director for Tropiccool.
The Tampa Bay area has been rapidly gaining momentum in the modern food truck revolution in recent years, but earning the top spot in the Guinness World Records has taken them from contender to champion. Plans to break their own world record in the near future are already forming.