Sunday, April 1, 2012

April Food Truck Events - All Around the Metroplex

April is always festival month in DFW, the month where it is usually not too rainy and not too hot and people are happy to be out and about. For the food trucks, April is hot, with multiple food truck events every week and some exciting things happening with truck parks and fundraising events.

April continues the pop-up food park at Valley View Mall, every Friday night and all day Saturday, brought to us by U. S. Food Trucks.  Usually 3 -5 trucks are set up, on a rotating basis to dish out their specialties. Follow U.S. Food Trucks on Facebook and Twitter for all the details.

On April 5, the food trucks visit 1800 Henderson, and set up at Newflower Market for “The Parking Lot”. This first Thursday of event month kicks off with a bang when two Fort Worth trucks make their Dallas debut, Good Karma Kitchen and Gepetto’s Pizza roll in to Dallas to join Rock and Roll Tacos, Easy Slider, Nammi, 3 Lions and Rockstar Bakeshop to make your Thursday a little more tasty.

April 7, the Dallas Arts District continues their support of food trucks by including them in First Saturday in the Arts District. This is always a fun day, for the entire family. Several museums will have reduced, sometimes free admission and special events for the children. Multiple trucks will be set up and is a day of partying and getting to experience the arts in a fun way. Visit the Arts District webpage for specific information, including which trucks will be there.

Usually multiple events are reserved for the weekends, but this month we have an exception on Thursday April 12.  First, from 11 – 2, Easy Slider, Jack’s Chowhound, Three Lions and Trailercakes will set up for the Food Truck Extravaganza at Hope Cottage at 4209 McKinney in Dallas. For those not familiar, Hope Cottage is a not-for-profit agency that provides counseling, education and resources for those who are pregnant or who wish to build their family through adoption or foster care.  The Food Truck Extravaganza is a fundraising effort for Hope Cottage’s foster-to-adopt program. The trucks will have jars, where attendees can contribute money to indicate which truck is their favorite. At the end of the event, the truck that has collected the most money will be invited back to Hope Cottage to set up in their parking lot for a future service. My family has the pleasure of being associated with Hope Cottage and can testify to the amazing services they provide to every person who walks through their door. I hope that everyone can attend this event, make a donation, learn more about Hope Cottage and enjoy lunch from some the best trucks in Dallas. Follow Hope Cottage on Facebook and Twitter for more details. 

The evening of April 12, Addison will experience the food trucks for the first time when U.S. Food Trucks starts a pop-up park, Thursday Night Bites at the Pointe Avenue Bridge at the Savoye, Spring Valley and Vitruvian Way.  This pop-up park will be open every Thursday night, leading up to a food truck festival and fun run on June 9. Trucks will rotate weekly, for the first week, Nammi,  Gandolfo’s New York Deli  and Tin Star Taco Taxi have been confirmed and up to two more may be added. I posted about this event on my Facebook page and received 72 “likes” in less than one hour, so I expect Thursday Night Bites to be a tremendous success! You can get more details from U.S. Food Truck’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

April 13, the food trucks head to Deep Ellum for the Deep Ellum Truck Rally.  Nine trucks will line Main Street between Malcolm X and Crowdus.  This even will be the Dallas debut of The Munch Box, one of the best trucks serving in DFW. Deep Ellum Outdoor Market is the sponsor of this event and live music will be provided by “My Wooden Leg and Hares on the Mountain. More details can be found on the Deep Ellum Truck Rally website.

April 14 – 15 several trucks head to Traders Village in Grand Prairie to participate in the first Annual Food Truck Cook-off, sponsored by United Caterers and Traders Village.  Gandolfo’s New York Deli, The Butcher’s Son, Ssahm Korean BBQ, Jack’s Chowhound, Yum Yum, TX Delizioso, and CafĂ© Con Leche will be competing to win the coveted Food Truck Cook-off trophy. More details about the Cook-off can be found on the Traders Village website.

April 20, the trucks head back to the Dallas Arts District to serve dinner for the 3rd Friday Art Crawl. At this event, several museums stay open late and have special events for the family. Each month is different so even if you have been to one Art Crawl, this month is a good time to go back. Check the Arts District Food Truck page for the listing of trucks that will be serving dinner.

April 28, ten trucks converge on Frisco for Downtown Frisco StrEATS, the first truck and live music event in a Collin County. The Frisco School of Rock will be bringing the tunes and the trucks will be bringing the food from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. All you need to do is bring the family and some lawn chairs and come enjoy the day. Downtown Frisco StrEATS will be at the Gazebo, on Fourth Street, between Main and Elm. Follow Frisco StrEATs on Facebook and Twitter for more details.
Finally, on April 29, 14  trucks will be a party of the Community Block Party surrounding the Chefs on Fire Competition at the Shops at Park Lane in Dallas.  Ten trucks will be at the party and offering you lunch while your kids are in the bounce houses and local chefs are paired with local firefighters to compete for the title of DFW’s Top Chef while also raising money for the Parkland Regional Burn Center. The Block Party will also feature fire safety education and live entertainment. More details are available on the Chefs on Fire website.

Also in April, another food truck park, Cowtown Chowdown is expected to open on Main Street in Forth Worth. The date has not been confirmed, I hear rumors of late in the month, so tentatively look for the park to open around the weekend of the 27th and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to receive the official word.

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