Save the Date: What the Truck?! on May 23, 2015

We’re excited to announce our first event of the year! We decided to kick-off our What the Truck?! season at a familiar location that everyone seems to love. Here are the details:

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square 
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015
Time: 4-8pm
RSVP on Facebook!

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Stay tuned for more information about participating trucks, menus, and site map information!

Meet the Organizers: Su Dennis

Last but not least, we’d like to introduce you to Su Dennis. Some of you may recognize Su, as she’s been one of our long-standing day-of volunteers:

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1. My day job is…

Nuclear Medicine Technologist and I work for the great group of folks at Medical Imaging Consultants.

2. Why did you decide to get involved in What the Truck?!

I decided to get involved with What the Truck because I want these events to continue; i want them to become bigger and better, and i want them to happen more often. I am pleased to be a new member of the planning committee, and will be helping with event day site set-up and clean-up, waste management and volunteer recruitment. If anyone reading this would like to volunteer on event days, drop me a line.

3. What is one of your favourite local food truck items?

Asking what my favorites are, is like asking a mother, ‘who her favorite child’ is. Just cant be limited to one! I LOVE sandwiches and burgers. I LOVE fried stuff. I LOVE dessert items. I LOVE trying new-to-me flavors. So i guess you could say, i just plain LOVE food truck food!

4. What is one type of food truck cuisine you’d like to see served curbside in Edmonton?

I think there are so many trucks out there now, it would be hard to conceive of any type of cuisine that is not served in #yeg! I have never been left wanting, that is for sure.

5. What about the food truck scene are you most looking forward to in 2015?

I am excited to try some of the new trucks, and to welcome back all of my old favorites. In the heat of the season, I have been known to eat food truck food MANY times each week. My goal is to try as many new trucks as I can.

Meet the Trucks: Fab Food on Four

In week 2 of Meet the Trucks, we’re featuring a new truck that also serves in the St. Alberta area. Meet the faces behind Fab Food on Four.

Why did you start a food truck?
People love food trucks, and we love preparing delicious food. We are passionate about food and want people to enjoy our home inspired favorites. We thought it would be fun to participate and share our food at the different events.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our Menu contains our fabulous favourites.
Bobba Louie’s Pulled Chicken, with our homemade family inspired BBQ sauce.
Taco Stuffed Baked Potate, with taco beef, jalapeño, and a fresh slice of avocado.
Fab Fiesta Torta, with shredded beef on a bun topped with an egg, onions, peppers and fresh avocado.
Gratzle’s German Spaetzle, with homemade egg noodles topped with slow roasted port and sweet red cabbage.
Buffalo Jo, spicy ground chicked topped with our carrot-celery relish.
And our Fab Poutine: hand cut fries topped with our homemade gravy and cheese curds.

Who can we see on the truck?
Paula – President of Fabulous Food
Curtis – Director of Delisciousness
Madison – Mayor of Flavortown
Kiera – Red Hot Chili Prepper
Braden – Socia Media Guru

Where will you be serving?
We will be serving the Edmonton and St. Albert Area.

What makes your truck unique?
That we are a family run business, sharing our homemade traditional family recipes.

What is your favourite item on another food truck that is not your own?
Jimmy Poblano‘s Machaca beef.

If you had to fuse two completely different cuisines together, what would they be?
German and Indian Cuisine

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
Sharing our fabulous food with fabulous people

Meet the Organizers: Mikhaila Skehor

Next up in our series highlighting our new organizing committee members, we’d like to introduce Mikhaila Skehor:

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1. My day job is…

Account Manager at Kick Point, a digital marketing agency located in downtown Edmonton.

2. Why did you decide to get involved in What the Truck?!

Like many Edmontonians, I live for when the weather is decidedly not-winter, and one of my favourite parts of the summer is to hit up the many What the Truck?! events (and the trucks that attend them) and experience the variety of cuisine they offer. It didn’t hurt that my dear friend Melina is also on the organizing committee, and had a blast being involved last year. I saw how much fun she was having and wanted in!

3. What is one of your favourite local food truck items?

I’d have to go with Attila the HUNgry’s chicken and waffles. The savory/sweet syrup combined with a healthy topping of kimchi makes it a must-have for me. Last year, I attended almost every chicken and waffle serving they had thanks to the HUNgry team tweeting me when it was C&W day!

4. What is one type of food truck cuisine you’d like to see served curbside in Edmonton?

This is majorly impractical, but I’d love a pho truck. Pho is one of my favourite things to eat and I wish I could find it on a truck.

5. What about the food truck scene are you most looking forward to in 2015?

I’m looking forward to trying out all the new trucks on the scene. Food trucks in Edmonton have exploded and I’m excited to try out the new offerings, and learn about the all the behind the scenes action at WTT?!

Meet the Organizers: Katherine Tam

We’re nearly ready to announce the details of our first event of the season, but in the mean time, we’re happy to say that our What the Truck?! team has expanded! We’ve welcomed three new faces to our organizing committee, and over the next few weeks, we will be introducing each of them.

First up, Katherine Tam:

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1. My day job is…

I work for a couple of trucking companies doing the accounting and helping run the offices.

2. Why did you decide to get involved in What the Truck?!

I have been a fan of What the Truck for awhile and absolutely love the energy it brings to Edmonton and wanted to be a part of it.

3. What is one of your favourite local food truck items?

Drift’s pork belly sandwich! I tried it at Taste of Edmonton a few years ago and starting following them everywhere which eventually lead me to a What’s the Truck event so you can say it was my “gateway” food truck item.

4. What is one type of food truck cuisine you’d like to see served curbside in Edmonton?

Dim Sum!

5. What about the food truck scene are you most looking forward to in 2015?

Looking forward to all the new trucks.

Meet the Trucks: Phat Tony’s

I hope everyone is just as excited as we are for the 2015 Food Truck season to kick off! While there are already a few trucks out and about, our first official What The Truck?! event is just weeks away! (More details to come)

In the meantime, we want to feature some new faces/trucks to What The Truck?! each week leading up to our first event. We’ve sent out some questions to get to know a little more about these trucks. First up, Phat Tony’s!

Why did you start a food truck?
I have a passion for cooking and making people happy through new tastes and new ideas. I have owned several restaurants over my life time and decided that I would like to take the food to the customer rather than having them come to you. There is also the social aspect of meeting customers from all over the city and province that may never come to my restaurant cause it isn’t in their neighborhood or city.

What kind of food do you serve?
Our food can only be described as comfort food. We serve everything from homemade pot pies to ooey gooey gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and scratch made Cream of Tomato Soup. This year we will be featuring daily and a weekly specials to give our customers a chance to try our new and exciting dishes.

Who can we see on the truck?
Well you will definitely see Anthony our chef and most times he will be accompanied by his family at the window or prepping behind the scenes. Having a large family allows for us all to work together to make this a true family adventure.

Where will you be serving?
We will be serving in all areas of Edmonton with our main spot being along Jasper Avenue. Hopefully you will be able to catch us at some of the great upcoming festivals that Edmonton offers each year and also our local Farmer’s Markets.

What makes your truck unique?
What makes us unique from some of the other trucks in Edmonton is we are a fully family run business. Everyone helps, from my young 8 year old boy to my partner’s 15 year old girl. We also strive to use as many local ingredients and products as possible in the preparation of our food.

What is your favourite item on another food truck that is not your own?
My favorite item came last year from the Swich Truck at What the Truck. It was a Root Beer Braised Pork Sandwich. I have to give honourable mention to the Little Village Food Truck for their incredible Eat More Bar.

Country that inspires you the most (in terms of food)?
Italy!! Their use of simple fresh ingredients produces someof the best food in the world. Everything from fresh pasta to crispy pizza pies always tends to make my mouth water.

What do you hope to see or get out of the 2015 season?
I hope to see lots of customers (LOL). Truthfully, being new to the Food Truck community I hope to get to know the other owners and learn from them what it takes to be successful in the Food Truck culture in Edmonton.

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What the Truck?! is Recruiting!

If you love food trucks and attending food events and have thought about getting involved to become more than an attendee, then you might be interested in joining the What the Truck?! organizing committee!

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We’re looking for a few additional members to pitch in with the coordination of our 2015 season and beyond. Some of the responsibilities include:

  • Liaising with food vendors
  • Event planning
  • Assisting with event promotion, primarily through social media
  • Day-of site setup, troubleshooting and clean-up
  • Management of online presence
  • Coordinating volunteers
  • Working with partners and sponsors
  • Financial management

While the festival season for us runs May through September, we’re already in planning mode. The time commitment is approximately 5-10 hours per month in February to April and 15-20 hours during festival season.

If you’re interested, please send us an e-mail by March 4, 2015 with answers to the following questions:

  1. Why do you want to join the What the Truck?! organizing committee?
  2. What skills and experiences can you offer the team?
  3. Have you ever been to a What the Truck?! event? What suggestions do you have for us?

Someone will be in touch with you after March 4.

Thanks for your interest!

Recap: September 12, 2014 – What The Truck?!

We’d like to thank everyone who made it out to our last and biggest event of 2014! Despite the gloomy weather, it was great to see many people enjoying themselves.

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For our final event this year, we decided to go big or go home. With the closure of 99 Street, we were able to include eight more trucks along that street. This really helped to ease any lineups and increased options for the attendees.

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With so many trucks to choose from, we created a site map with all the trucks’ menus for patrons to print and bring to the event. It was great to see many people taking advantage of this!

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This was the first big event for many trucks new to What The Truck?! this year: Funky Mango, Dedo’s, Jackie O’s, Moose on the Run, One Cool Cookie, and Jimmy Poblano’s to name a few.

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We’d like to sent a BIG thank you to everyone who helped make this event happen:

For past and present What The Truck?! attendees, we’d like to hear your feedback! Please fill out our survey so we can continue planning and creating more enjoyable events for you.

That’s a wrap for 2014. See you all next summer!

September 12, 2014 What the Truck?! Final Details

Our final event of the season takes place in mere hours! With 25 trucks, the most we’ve ever had in the history of What The Truck?!, we hope you’re planning to come hungry.

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton
When: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 4-8pm

RSVP on Facebook!

You may have already looked at the menu post, but we know that’s a lot of information to digest. To make it easier to scan what’s available and to find the trucks in and around the square, we’ve put together a downloadable menu and sitemap!

wttsept12menuTo make the most of your time at What the Truck?!, have a look at our FAQs and our Tips & Tricks.

You can enjoy all the great games and other activities in the square, and DJs Thomas Culture, Chesterfield and The Hugonaut will be on hand that night to set the tone – get ready to party!

Be sure to tag your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #whatthetruck and follow us at @whatthetruckyeg.

We hope to see you there!

September 12th, 2014 What The Truck?! Menus

We are less than 2 weeks away from our last event of the year! With 25 trucks, the most we’ve ever had in the history of What The Truck?!, we’re releasing the menus early so you can plan to feast accordingly.

What: What the Truck?! at Churchill Square
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square Edmonton
When: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 4-8pm

RSVP on Facebook!

Here are the menus for the following 25 trucks:

Attila the HUNgry

  • Duck Tots – Tater tots topped with Thai braised duck, hoisen aioli, lime sriracha, herbs and peanuts
  • Peacemaker Burger – Signature HUNburger patty, Thai peanut butter, strawberry sriracha jam on brioche
  • Attila Dog – topped with pineapple relish, Chinese cabbage, spicy coconut sauce, herbs and peanuts (available vegetarian)

Big City Sandwiches

  • The New Orleans’ Muffaletta Sandwich
  • ‘The Baton Rouge’ Cajun Jambalaya Sandwich
  • Big City Fresh Cut Fries

Bully Food Truck

  • FUN DO!!!!!!! – It is exactly what name says !! Double Creamy BULLY CHEESE Sauce, baby Mozzarella and Calabrese Skewer, Prosciutto and Parmesan Bread sticks, Crispy Smoked Pig Tail and House made Apple Beer Pickles
  • Candied Pecan Smoked Pork Steak with Corn Bread Stuffing and Collard Greens – Brine and Smoked Pork Shoulder Steak Grilled and served on Corn Bread Stuffing, Smokey Collard Greens and Rich Pecan Jus
  • Turkey Cordon Blue – If you have ever had Cordon Blue this is Kicked up!! Marinated fresh local organic Hutterite Turkey, house made Ham, Swiss Cheese topped with Alberta Whiskey Mushroom Sauce, served on Lemon Scented Rice Pilaf and house dressed Field mix Greens
  • South African BUNNY CHOW!! – “Big”,” Bold” and “Delicious” are all words associated with this spicy South African dish. And so it would suit BULLY FOOD TRUCK. Big bold flavor with our usual Twist on the Original! We are using Alberta Beef Brisket instead of Lamb. Nothing against Lamb but we live in Alberta and this is Beef Country!! Seasoned and seared Beef Brisket, slowly Braised with Onions with a Curry influence. Served in a hollowed out house made South African beer Bread, rich Sauce, a Cool Drizzle, and Autumn salad.

Carnival Cravings

  • Mini donuts, fresh squeezed lemonade, fudge, candy apples, caramel popcorn, ice cream novelties
  • “Joe’s O’s” mini donuts with lemon sugar in addition to traditional cinnamon sugar mini donuts

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  • Cochinita Torta – pork roasted with mayan spices served on a Mexican tollera bun with re-fried black beans, pickled purple onions, avocado
  • Barbacoa Torta – beef roasted in banana leaves with various Mexican spices served on Mexican tollera with beans, lettuce, salsa mexicana, avocado
  • Tacos – served with both meats described above – gluten free
  • Quesadilla Dorada- gluten free and vegetarian – corn tortilla stuffed with potato and feta cheese then fried and finished with more feta, sour cream and salsa Mexicana
  • Pollo flautas – gluten free – corn tortillas stuffed with chicken then rolled and fried and finished with feta cheese, sour cream and salsa Mexicana

Cookie Love

  • CoCoCa Banana ice cream sandwich – Chocolate chip cookies, banana ice cream & drizzled chocolate shell.
  • The Churchill ice cream sandwich – Double chocolate cookies, peanut butter ice cream, rolled in pretzels.
  • Double Double ice cream sandwich – Gluten free chocolate chip cookies, cappuccino ice cream, rolled in coconut.
  • Also our regulars: Vanilla and chocolate ice cream with chocolate chip and double chocolate cookies.

Dedo’s 

  • Chicken shawarma
  • Beef shawarma
  • Falafel
  • Philly cheese steak, hummus on naan bread, gluten free Shawarma salad
  • Shawarma poutine
  • Fattoush salad

Drift

  • Pork Belly Slider – pickled carrot & daikon, chili mayo, cilantro
  • Buttermilk Fried Chicken Slider – slaw & house-made pickles

Both are served with your choice of hand cut fries or potato crisps

Eva Sweet

  • Traditional Belgian Liege Waffles with your choice of Strawberry, Blueberry or Peaches along with whipped cream topping and chocolate, caramel or maple syrup
  • Fruit Margarita Waffle – Traditional Belgian Liege waffle with cream cheese Grand Marnier mousse, topped with mixed fruits and sauce

Funky Mango

  • THE KAHUNA – This bad boy has over ¼ lb beef in a homemade patty, Smoked White Cheddar Cheese, Alder Smoked Bacon and finished off with our own Garlic Aioli on a Toasted Sesame Bun
  • THE BIG KAHUNA – same as above but add a Kubbie Patty and a slice of Real Cheddar Cheese – this is for the guy/gal that wants a little more Aloha.
  • THAI SHRIMP BURGER – Hand Chopped Shrimp Patty, with a Thai Chili Cilantro Peanut Sauce and topped with Ground Dry Roasted Peanuts in a Toasted Bun and served with Asian Noodles
  • MUSHROOM RISOTTO BALLS – Delicious Deep Fried Mushroom Risotto balls with Creamy Bocconcini Centre served with our very own Truck Made Marinara Sauce

Jackie O’s Street Treats

  • Classic Mini Donuts – Cinnamon sugar, white sugar, icing sugar, or plain
  • Gourmet mini donuts – Death by donut: Mini donuts smothered in caramel sauce and chocolate sauce, sprinkled with Skor pieces and topped off with mounds of whipped cream!
  • Strawberry Shortcake – Mini donuts smothered with strawberry topping, sprinkled with icing sugar and topped off with mounds of whipped cream!
  • Maple Bacon – Mini donuts smothered in warm maple syrup, crisp bits of bacon, icing sugar and topped off with mounds of whipped cream!
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade

Jimmy Poblano’s

  • Jalisco Style Taco – Chicken Adobado, Machaca Beef, Chile Verde and melted Monterrey Jack Cheese between two corn tortilla topped with Guacamole, Salsa Fresca and Sour Cream.
  • Tortilla Soup – Zesty broth with shredded chicken, avocado, crisp tortilla strips topped with sour cream and cilantro.

Knosh

  • Lamb slider – Lamb and mint slider with sweet chili aioli, grilled pineapple slaw and candied jalapeno
  • Pork Slider – Pork, apple and sage slider with roasted garlic aioli and brie
  • Mini Steak pie – Tender beef and mushrooms in a stout and rosemary gravy topped with puff pastry
  • Knosh’s potato crisps with roasted garlic and malt vinegar dip
  • Sticky toffee pudding with vanilla bourbon custard

La Poutine

  • Traditional Poutine: Hand-cut fries topped with cheese curds and gravy (this item is vegetarian)
  • Vegan Poutine: Hand-cut fries topped with Daiya vegan cheese and vegan gravy. (this item is vegan)
  • Canadian Poutine: Traditional Poutine topped with bacon bits.
  • Supreme Poutine: Traditional Poutine topped with bacon bits, sour cream and green onion.
  • Wild Mushroom Poutine: Traditional Poutine topped with 3 varieties of sauteed mushrooms. (this item is vegetarian)

Little Village

  • Kefteddy Burger – Beef, pork and bacon patty on a brioche with tzatziki and fresh cabbage mix
  • Slow roasted lamb – On top of little lemon potatoes and tzatziki
  • Lamb gyro – Slow roasted lamb wrapped in pita with tzatziki and fresh cabbage mix
  • Lil’ roasted lambwich – Slow roasted lamb on a brioche with pickled cabbage, feta, and mint
  • Chicken Souvlaki – Wrapped in pita with tzatziki and fresh cabbage mix
  • Falafel – Chickpea patties wrapped in pita with tzatziki and fresh cabbage mix
  • Little lemon roasted potatoes – With tzatziki

Molly’s Eats

  • Chicken Kokorec (Turkish Sandwich) – Roasted chicken & chicken offal, seasoned w/ fresh herbs, garlic, salt & pepper, in an Italian bun
  • The Grand Spam (Hawaiian Spam Burger) – Pork belly, grilled Spam & pineapple, Swiss cheese & Sriracha mayo in a Kaiser bun
  • Cookie Dough Macaron – Chocolate macarons filled w/cookie dough spread. #gf #nutfree
  • Pandan Chiffon Cake – Chiffon cake flavoured w/ pandan leaves

Moose on the Run

  • Crispy cheeseburger slider – Huge ring of crispy cheese around a beef slider topped with guacamole, mayonnaise, bacon, lettuce and tomato
  • Peanut butter bacon slider – Beef slider with cheddar cheese, bacon, peanut butter and diced red onion
  • Seven cheese Mac and cheese – Seven cheeses with macaroni
  • Salt and pepper dry ribs
  • Cold Couscous tzatziki salad. Couscous mixed with fresh peas, diced black olives, green onion, red and yellow peppers and topped with tzatziki.

One Cool Cookie

  • Skor-bacon cookies / salted caramel ice cream
  • Triple chocolate cookies / black cherry ice cream
  • Rum soaked raisin oatmeal cookies / coconut ice cream
  • Coconut oatmeal cookies / maple walnut ice cream
  • Chocolate chunk cookies / vanilla ice cream

Other flavors of ice cream and sorbet will be available to make your ice cream sandwich truly custom!

Perogy Princess

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Sailin On

  • BLT wrap
  • Chick’n ceaser pita
  • Vegan jambalaya on rice
  • Quinoa avocado salad
  • Hand cut fries
  • Curry chips
  • The Irish
  • Cookies from Bloom Cookie co.

SoCal Smoothies

  • Pulled chicken lettuce wraps
  • Veggie wraps
  • Hummus wrap
  • Pipeline smoothie. Strawberry banana
  • Hang ten. Mango
  • Pineapple Express. Pineapple and coconut milk
  • Riptid. Blueberry

S’WICH

  • ROOTBEER-BRAISED BRISKET – pickled daikon radish/lettuce/horseradish aioli
  • GREEN CURRY DELI-CHICKEN – pickled bamboo/green curry mayo/lettuce/Thai herbs
  • CHICKPEA MASALA (vegetarian) – sriracha cream cheese/fresh pear/fresh coriander
  • PEANUT BUTTER-BROWNIE ICE CREAM SANDWICH
  • “KARDASHIAN” ICE BROWNIE

The Lemon Grass Grill

  • Lemon Grass Chicken/Beef/Pork/Tofu Skewers
  • Slow Roasted Pulled Pork Subs Done up Banh Mi style (AKA Vietnamese Subs)
  • Chicken/Beef/Pork Fresh Grilled Viet Subs
  • Salad Rolls (Shrimp/Chicken/Beef/Pork/Tofu)
  • Pork or Vegetarian Spring Rolls
  • Onion Cakes
  • Vermicelli and Fresh Cut Veggies
  • Avocado/Coconut/Mango/Pandan Ice Cream

Trent’s Smokin BBQ

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Yellowbird Cafe

  • Umami Beef Stroganoff – Braised Beef in Umami Creamy Sauce over Rice.
  • Gyu-Don – Japanese Beef Rice Bowl
  • Miso Pulled Pork Sandwich – Miso marinated slow roasted pork on ciabatta bread
  • Yakiniku Wrap – Japanese Philly Steak & Fresh Veggie in a Wrap
  • Sesame Fish Tacos – Sesame Teriyaki flavored Mahimahi & Japanese crunchy slaw on corn tortillas. Gluten-free available.

Are you drooling yet? We will also be posting a printable site map with the menus prior to the event. Check back for updates!