Last evening my family went to our local high school for a ‘Food Truck Fiesta’ – a what!? Yeah, they had one last year and it was kind of lack luster, some of the trucks didn’t show and some ran out of food, so we weren’t expecting a lot. Wow, was I wrong ! 

The crowd early.
The crowd early.
Crowd2
…and in about a half an hour later.

 

It was a great success ! There were lots of trucks – pros from all over with all different varieties of food. 

The Student Boosters had a Dunk Tank
The Student Boosters had a Dunk Tank

The Student Boosters had a Dunk Tank. The Athletic Boosters had the Buzz Depot going as well. Behind the Dunk Tank, the Chorus was getting ready to perform. As we first arrived, the Band was on the balcony playing some tasteful jazzy numbers – and they were GOOD. No kidding, like hire-them-for-your-wedding good !! I was running out of battery or I’d have made a video.

Community support from a local financial institution.
Community support from a local financial institution.

 

 Barbara Card and staff with Grow Financial, were handing out carry-out trays to put your food in – what a great advertising idea for an event like this! 

 

 

Did you know we had a new newspaper in town ? 

We've got a new Newspaper in town - check it out !
We’ve got a new Newspaper in town – check it out !
Early Learning and the Bloodmobile - a must for all community events
Early Learning and the Bloodmobile – a must for all community events

 

I liked that it was a ‘low-commercial’ event. The companies that did show, mostly, had something to contribute. That’s community support.

 

 

 

 

My GNO buddy, Jenny, was there with her 'Tobacco-Free' brethren spreading the good word of healthy living and donating a little blood herself. Good job Jen!
My GNO buddy, Jenny, was there with her ‘Tobacco-Free’ SWAT brethren spreading the good word of healthy living and donating a little blood herself. Good job Jen!

 

We ran into so many people we knew – even an old friend from a job I had shared with many of my friends. It was one of those places that you just didn’t forget your co-workers…

Rocco Maglio now owns our new Hernando Sun !
Rocco and Donna, both from my days at TRL/NetList. Rocco Maglio now owns our new Hernando Sun !

 

Now, back to the food….

Beware the 'Volcano' sauce.
Beware the ‘Volcano’ sauce.

Yummy Arepas (a Venezuelan taco) from Nico’s truck – all the way from Tampa ! OMG Good !!! Next to them was,…. a Cupcake Truck !! Yes, please!

But first some foodie pics…

Arepas BBQ

I might have to look for Nico’s truck next time I’m at Waters / Armenia in Tampa ! The BBQ that my friend had was mouthwatering Texas Style Beef Brisket…Soooo good!

The line was really long here!
The line was really long here!

Also, Chef Images, who catered one of my girlfriend’s wedding, had a line a mile long! 

 

Hot churros
Hot churros

Since my son loves all things ‘fried – dough’ Churros were on his list. That’s AFTER  he ate a pulled pork/mac&cheese monster from another truck! (what diet?! – I’m telling Coach!)

 

Mermaids

No Weeki Wachee event is complete without Mermaids. Additional loveliness was added by ‘Miss Teen Florida’.  (I’m not thinking these girls eat a lot of churros – just sayin’)

The Sheriff was there along with his ‘Civilian Mounties’.

I love the look from the horse, "You're gonna clean that up, right?... My bad."
I love the look from the horse, “You’re gonna clean that up, right?… My bad.” (they did)

And a really cool cop-car!

It's running...lights and all.
It’s running…lights and all.

(Ok, I did take issue with one item – the police car was running. The whole time. For it’s lights I assume, but the windows clearly showed the a/c going as well. I’m sure the doors were locked, but so many terrible things ran thru my head of what ‘could’ happen…. beyond the wastefulness and global warming aspect.) Still, a drool-worthy vehicle.

More inside.
More inside.

Inside the schools all-purpose room there were more, smaller displays. People selling MaryKay, Insurance, Relay for Life sign-ups, The Girl Scouts, and more. We also found the local Emergency Management Team informing folks they need to make a plan.

…but first I needed an iced coffee.

All this needed was rum (shhh - it's a school!)
All this needed was rum (shhh – it’s a school!)

This is some new ‘coffee’ called Organo Gold. Very tasty. These local ladies were lovely, but I think one of my girlfriend’s sells this on the other coast – hmm, I may have to investigate. (Kamak Organo Gold)

Overall, this was a rousing success – I’m sure they’ll do it next year. I just hope they don’t take the commercialism too far. There was talk of charging admission or for parking. I really oppose the admission thing for a community event, but a ‘donation’ to the school for parking, sure. A couple of bucks to park is cheap, and expected these days. Although, if you have kids this can be an expensive night, don’t make it worse by charging them to get in. 

Next week is the schools Athletic Booster Club’s Mardi-Gras Night at Glen Lakes Country Club. Let’s hope that event is just as successful !

2 Comments on Food Truck Fiesta 2015 : A surprise bit of fun

  1. Laura
    May 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi, there:

    My name is Laura and I’m the communications specialist at the Early Learning Coalition. I was wondering if I may please have your permission to use a few photos from this post in some internal marketing here, including the one of our truck with the blood mobile and a foodie pic…

    Thanks so much! I look forward to reading more of your blog — it’s awesome!

    Laura
    l.isaacs@phelc.org

    Reply
    • BadZoot
      May 26, 2015 at 5:54 pm (3 years ago)

      You’re more than welcome to use them. (maybe a link back or a little credit would be nice, but not necessary) If I have some more pics that didn’t make the blog, I’ll let you know. The Early Learning Coalition is a great cause. Seeing Jen (with the stop smoking initiative) at the Food Truck Fiesta was fun, hopefully I’ll see her at more events like it. Enjoy the Blog, I try to only post projects and recipes that I actually do, instead of recycling others.

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