It would be the understatement of Friday evening to say that the Tequesta Food Truck Pow Wow was a hit.
From bahn mi to mac and cheese, and from meatballs to gator tail, the lines were long and never stopped from the 5:30 p.m. start. A dozen trucks were packed in tightly along Dover Road next to Constitution Park, Food and drink was enjoyed as families stood, sat, strolled and played in the park, shopped for crafts and listened to reggae music.
In fact, the event was such a hit that it might already be time to consider moving it to a larger space. One thought: the parking lot of Gallery Square North, just a block east of tonight's location. Here's seven reasons tonight's event was worthy, but also worthy of considering a move:
- Aside from the music and some crafts, this event was really family/friend/neighbor time: buy food, sit with folks and enjoy their company.
- The trucks add yet another dimension to the burgeoning dining scene in the Jupiter/Tequesta area. There are excellent brick-and-mortar establishments; why shouldn't there be an excellent food truck scene, too? The two can co-exist.
- As for using Gallery Square's lot: The stores there are closed by the time the event starts, so there's no interfering with their business.
- The lot itself is large enough for more than a dozen trucks, plus tables.
- There is still parking available at Gallery Square South, Constitution Park and First Baptist Church.
- There would be no need to close North Dover Road.
- The park can still be part of the Pow Wow: keep the live music performance there, keep the playground open, and perhaps add a G-rated movie as well, to draw families into staying around longer.
There's another Pow Wow scheduled for next month. Can it be bigger, draw more trucks, offer more tables and more things to do? Yes, yes, yes and yes!