Truck Stop Recap: BaconFest & Boyle Street Plaza

July had a busy start with TWO Truck Stops, and we had a great time out at both of our events!

July 6, 2014 – BaconFest

We were lucky enough that the start of this July heat wave coincided with our BaconFest Truck Stop, which took place on 84 Avenue outside the ATB Financial Arts Barns. We had 6 trucks out to join us, including two new What the Truck?! additions, So-Cal Smoothies and Keilan’s Creamery. Since this was a smaller event, the lineups were much shorter than usual, and we saw and spoke to many attendees who were able to try multiple items from each of the trucks.

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While we weren’t directly on the park, we did find that many people did take to the grass (and the shade) to enjoy their bacon-flavoured delights!

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HUGE thanks goes to our sponsors, the Old Strathcona Business Association, Capital City Cleanup, and BaconFest YEG (who appear to have had a fantastic turnout to their event). Congratulations, guys!

You can check out more pictures from our event here.

July 10, 2014 – Boyle Street Plaza

Despite the blistering winds, we’d like to thank everyone for coming out to our Truck Stop at Boyle Street Plaza! While Street Eats had some last minute mechanical problems, we were able to pull off the event with the 3 remaining trucks: Afterbite Mobile, Attila the HUNgry, and Funky Mango. The trucks were parked along 103A Ave adjacent to the Boyle Street Plaza building.

Many attendees were able to try multiple items from the trucks. We would like to give a big thank you to the Boyle Street Plaza for providing picnic tables and garbage bins, and for helping us with setup.

One popular item that was served was Funky Mango’s Thai Shrimp Burger, seen below.

We’d also like to thank 102.3 Now Radio for coming out and providing music and free popsicles for everyone!

Stay tuned for updates about our next What the Truck?! on August 16th, 2014. We’ll see you there!

For more pictures of this event, click here.

July 10, 2014 – Truck Stop Menus

Are you ready for our SECOND Truck Stop of the season? Our theme for the event: Burger Throwdown!

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Street Renaissance 
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Ave.
When: Thursday, July 10th 
Time: 5-8pm
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Check out the menus the trucks have prepared for us:

Afterbite Mobile Kitchen

  • Butter Mama burger 2.0 - Hand pressed 1/3 patty, 8 herbs and spices finished with a carmalized glaze of Mrs Butterworth syrup.
  • Pizza Rolls - Pepperoni, salami, ham, ground beef, bacon, stretchy mozzarella cheese, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and homemade tomato sauce

Attila the HUNgry

  • Peacemaker Burger - Pork, beef, and shiitake mushroom patty with our Thai peanut butter and strawberry sriracha jam
  • Duck Tots - Tater tots, Thai braised duck, hoisen aioli, lime sriracha, herbs, peanuts.

Funky Mango

  • THE KAHUNA – Over a quarter lb beef, Smoked white cheddar, Alder Bacon and Garlic Aioli
  • THAI SHRIMP BURGER – Shrimp pattie, Thai Sauce topped with peanuts served with Asian Slaw

Street Eats 

UPDATE 7/10 at 3:00PM: Unfortunately, Street Eats have run into some mechanical issues with the truck and are no longer able to join us for our event tonight. We hope that things are able to be fixed quickly, and that we’ll see them out curbside again soon!

Hungry yet? We hope to see a lot of you out on Thursday! Tours of the Boyle Street Plaza will also be available.

 

July 10, 2014 Truck Stop Line-Up

We already have our second Truck Stop event planned for the year! Less than a week after Baconfest, we’re holding a Burger Themed Truck Stop at the Boyle Street Renaissance. Last year’s event was such a success that the community has invited us again for 2014.

What: Truck Stop: Boyle Street Renaissance 
Where: Boyle Street Plaza, 9538 – 103A Ave.
When: Thursday, July 10th 
Time: 5-8pm
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Our theme for this event is burgers! What better way to celebrate summer than to eat freshly prepared burgers. We will be featuring 4 trucks:

A big thank you goes to the City of Edmonton for making this Truck Stop possible. The Boyle Street Plaza is located in the east corner of The Quarters in downtown; an area that the city has brought back to life with the building of a community centre and affordable housing.

Menus will be posted next week! Stay tuned for updates.

July 4, 2014 Truck Stop Menus

Only 4 sleeps left until this tasty bacon-themed Truck Stop!

What: Truck Stop: BaconFest
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Avenue 
When: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: 5-10pm
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Warning: The menu below may induce bacon-flavoured dreams.

Big City Sandwich

  • The Portland
    Bacon Magic Cheeseburger: Handcrafted Beef Burger Patty, 2 slices of Cheese, topped with Bacon Magic (our spicy Bacon spread ), Crispy Fried Onions, Tomato and Leaf Lettuce. Garnished with a Bacon Jalapeño Popper.
  • Big City Bacon Magic Poutine
    Fresh Cut Fries, Beef Gravy, Cheese Curd and topped with Bacon Magic.
  • Big City Fresh Cut Fries
    Tossed with our SMACK seasoning, try them with our Smokey Bacon Ketchup and/or our Chipotle Ancho Chili Mayo.
  • Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Keilan’s Creamery

  • Glazed Maple Bacon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • Brown Sugar Salted Bacon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • Bacon & Bourbon Ice Cream (Gluten Free)
  • 20 more flavours of Ice Cream to choose from!

Molly’s Eats

  • Peruvian Pan Con Chicharron
    Braised & pan seared rib meat, pan seared pork belly, fried sweet potato slices & salsa criolla (red onions, jalapeno & cilantro) in a French bun.
  • Bacon, Clam & Corn Stew #gf
    Bourbon & clam based stew, seasoned with fresh herbs. Served w/a Kaiser bun. Bun is not #gf.
  • Mango & Bacon Salad #gf
    Mango, bacon, green onions & apples in a sweet, tangy & savoury dressing.
  • Signature Fries Duo #gf
    Blend of regular & sweet potato fries. Comes with bacon white BBQ sauce. Sauce may contain gluten.
  • Bacon Cheese Buns
    Cheese Buns w/strips of bacon inside.
  • Bacon Salted Caramel Cookies
    Chocolate chip cookies w/salted caramel inside, topped with bacon bits.

Smokehouse BBQ

  • Bacon Lobster Baked Mac and Cheese
  • Bacon Wrapped Corn on The Cob
  • Bacon Bomb Sandwich
  • Burnt Ends Sandwich
  • Pulled Pork or Burnt Ends Poutine
  • Lemon Pie in a Glass

SoCal Smoothies

  • Bacon milkshake
  • BLTC Wrap
    Turkey bacon, lettuce, tomato and chicken in a wrap.
  • Mango smoothie
  • Pineapple smoothie
  • Cranberry smoothie 
  • Strawberry banana smoothie 
  • Blueberry smoothie 
  • Chicken wrap
  • Veggie wrap 
  • Hummus wrap

The Local Omnivore

  • Super Smoked Schnitzel BLTC
    Smoked Pork Loin, hammered, with Omnivore’s Super Smoked Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Cheddar
  • Smoke and Dust Poutine
    Hand Punched Pirate Spiced Fries, Curds, Green Onion, and of course Bacon Dust
  • Super Smoked Bacon Caramels
  • Drinks
    H2O, Limonata, Aranciata

Consult your cardiologist, and come hungry! We’ll see you on Friday!

July 4, 2014 Truck Stop Line-up

It’s time for our first Truck Stop event of the year, and what better way to start out than with BACON!

What: Truck Stop: BaconFest
Where: ATB Financial Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Avenue 
When: Friday, July 4, 2014
Time: 5-10pm
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2014 What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona

Truck Stops are smaller events than our normal What the Truck?!, and can accompany any number of other organizations or events.

Get your taste buds ready, because each of these 6 trucks is bringing some stellar bacon-themed menu items!

Two trucks are new to What the Truck?!: Keilan’s Creamery and SoCal Smoothies. We’re thrilled you could join the party!

A big thanks to our partner BaconFest YEG for inviting us to be a part of their inaugural event!

We’ll be posting menus next week – check back later!

Recap: What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona

The weather held out for our second What the Truck?! event that took place on June 13, 2014 at McIntyre Park in Old Strathcona.

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As we found last year, the park space was a haven for children and adults alike. Many families brought blankets for the perfect urban picnic.

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The closure of 84 Avenue enabled us to accommodate a total of fifteen trucks, three more than at our 104 Street event. This seemed to help us minimize lines, and gave attendees even more delicious options to choose from!

What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona

It was great to have so many vendors new to What the Truck?! that evening, including Afterbite Mobile Kitchen, Attila the HUNgry, Casa Doce, Cookie Love, Orbit and Perogy Princess. Several of them sold out, so I think they were a hit with the crowd!

What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona DJs Polyesterday and Chesterfield made sure tunes were a part of the night’s menu as well.

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A big thank you to the  Old Strathcona Business Association and Strathcona Community League. Both were returning sponsors from last year. Without them, the event would not have been possible.

The Capital City Cleanup volunteers were also great, and helped us keep the site clean during and after the event.

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For those who attended the event, we would appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to fill out a survey. The responses will help us further improve future What the Truck?! events.

And if you missed it, don’t worry – just make sure you save the dates for our upcoming events:

  • July 4, 2014, 5-10pm Truck Stop @ Baconfest (84 Avenue & 103 Street)
  • July 10, 2014, 5-8pm Truck Stop @ Boyle Renaissance Plaza (103A Avenue & 95 Street)
  • August 16, 2014, 4-8pm What the Truck?! @ TBA
  • September 12, 2014, 4-8pm What the Truck?! @ Churchill Square

We’ll be posting more details about our July events in the weeks to come.

How To Make the Most of Your What the Truck?! Experience

We’re ONLY a day away from our next What the Truck?! event in Old Strathcona! But are you as ready for the big day as you think you are?

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Our team does what we can to make What the Truck?! a fun event for everyone, but there is a bit of science to taking it by storm and being a food truck festival pro. If this is going to be your first WTT event – don’t worry – we’ve assembled all of the tips and tricks we could think of from the food trucks, past and present attendees, and the little things we’ve learned from past events.

You can find out the (not quite rocket) science behind having a wicked What The Truck?! experience here, or mosey on over to the FAQ to answer any of those crazy questions that you’re dying to find out about!

We hope to see you out tomorrow (Friday, June 13th) from 5-9PM at McIntyre Park in Old Strathcona for What the Truck?!, armed and ready to have a great time!

June 13, 2014 What the Truck?! Menus

We’re just a few days away from our second What the Truck?! of the year!

What: What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona
Where: McIntyre Park, 8303 104 Street
When: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 5-9pm
RSVP on Facebook!

Don’t read this post hungry: you’ve been warned!

Afterbite Mobile Kitchen

  • Pizza Rolls – egg roll shell stuffed with pepperoni, salami, ham, ground beef, bacon, stretchy mozzarella cheese, green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, onions, and homemade tomato sauce; served with cherry sauce
  • 1/3 Pound Hand Pressed Butter Mama Burgers – small-batch burgers pressed with eight herbs and spices and finished with carmalized Mrs Butterworth Syrup

Attila the HUNgry

  • Duck Tots – Thai braised duck legs served over tater tots, topped with hoisin aioli, lime sriracha, herbs and peanuts (gluten-free)
  • Peacemaker Burger – beef, pork and shiitake mushroom patty with Thai peanut butter, strawberry sriracha jam and chopped peanuts
  • Thai PB & J – Thai peanut butter and strawberry sriracha jam sandwich (vegetarian)

Bully Food Truck

  • Oxtail Wellington Bully Style – slow braised shredded oxtail, sautéed mushrooms, and Chef-made beef bacon marmalade wrapped in golden puff pastry; served with sour cream mashed potatoes and wilted green onions
  • Bully’s Triple Threat – thinly pounded pork loin, seasoned and stuffed with Tex mex ground pork, fresh herb and roasted garlic oil and wrapped in pepper bacon; served with Bully Mac and drizzled with our signature root beer BBQ sauce
  • Chicken and Bacon Roulade – marinated and brined chicken thigh wrapped around roasted baby potato and tomato confit; served with lemon emulsion dressed greens

Carnival Cravings

  • Mini donuts
  • Fresh squeezed lemonade
  • Cotton candy
  • Candy apples
  • Fudge
  • Nut brittles
  • Ice cream novelties

Casa Doce

  • Pollo and Barbacoa Flautas – corn tortillas stuffed with chicken or barbacoa beef, rolled and fried (gluten free)
  • Quesadilla Doradas – corn tortillas stuffed with potato and feta (vegetarian) or potato and chorizo, folded and fried (both gluten free)
  • Tacos – chicken, chorizo, and barbacoa (gluten free)
  • Churros

Cookie Love Machine

  • Vanilla ice cream cookie sandwich (chocolate chip and double chocolate cookie)
  • Chocolate ice cream cookie sandwich (chocolate chip and double chocolate cookie)
  • Salted caramel ice cream cookie sandwich (chocolate chip and double chocolate cookie)

The Crooked Fork

  • Duo of shrimp cakes, served with Pico de Gallo salad, chipotle mayo and freshly pickled cucumber
  • Large ravioli stuffed with organic mushrooms and mozzarella cheese, garnished with fresh basil and tomato sauce, grated parmesan and crostini
  • Basa filet and avocado citrus ceviche with tostada

Drift

  • Pork Belly Slider – pickled carrot & daikon, cilantro & chili mayo
  • Buttermilk Chicken Slider – house pickles & slaw
  • Served with your choice of hand cut fries or house made potato crisps

Knosh

  • The Joint – rosemary roast beef in a yorkies
  • Pullman Jacket Baked Potato – topped with pulled pork smoked cheddar ale sauce and Branson pickle
  • Chocolate stout mousse with whiskey cream
  • Coconut caramel rum ball dipped in dark chocolate

La Poutine

  • Traditional Poutine – hand-cut fries topped with cheese curds and gravy (vegetarian)
  • Vegan Poutine – hand-cut fries topped with Daiya vegan cheese and vegan gravy (vegan)
  • Hot Wing Poutine – Traditional poutine topped with chicken, hot sauce and drizzled with ranch dressing
  • Canadian Poutine – Traditional poutine topped with bacon bits
  • Supreme Poutine – Traditional poutine topped with bacon bits, sour cream and green onion
  • Dessert: “Potatoe Candies” made specially for La Poutine by Whimsical Cake Studio

Lemon Grass Grill

  • Cat’s BBH (spicy Central Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)
  • Lemon Grass Roasted Pulled Pork Viet Sub
  • Lemon Grass Skewers (chicken, beef, pork, tofu)
  • Salad Rolls (shrimp & pork) or Tofu Salad Rolls
  • Spring Rolls (pork or vegetarian)
  • Green Onion Cakes

Molly’s Eats

  • Shoga Yaki (Japanese Ginger Pork) – stir fried ginger pork served with sauteed kale, rice & sunomono (Japanese cucumber salad).
  • Carnitas Pupusa (Salvadorian stuffed tortillas) – slow roasted pork shoulder & cheese filled pupusas served with curtido (pickled cabbage salad) (gluten-free)
  • Peruvian Salchipapas – fries topped with Irvings Farm Fresh sausage, served with Salsa Rosada (ketchup-mayo dip) (gluten-free)
  • Pico de Cheese & Bacon – tomatoes, onions & jalapenos tossed in lime juice, topped with feta & bacon, served with corn tortilla chips (gluten-free)
  • Bacon Gingerbread Cookies – gingerbread & bacon flavoured cookie topped with bacon (egg-free)
  • Bacon Salted Caramel Cookies – caramel filled, bacon flavoured chocolate chip cookie topped with bacon

Orbit

  • Jerk chicken taco with mango habanero sauce, creamy citrus slaw, mango salsa
  • Grilled shrimp taco with fresh guacamole, roasted garlic habanero vinaigrette, shredded romaine, mango salsa
  • Braised beef taco with chili espresso coca reduction, charred corn relish, pickled red onion, queso fresco
  • Mini banana cupcakes with salted dulce de leche

Perogy Princess

  • Prairie Poutine – perogies, cheese curds, gravy, bacon bits
  • The Farmer – kubasa, perogies, fried onions, sour cream, bacon bits
  • The Classic – same as The Farmer; just add 2 cabbage rolls

Sailin’ On

  • Tight Jamz Burger – homemade roasted beet patty, served on a toasted sesame bun, with vegan swiss, roasted garlic mayo, mustard, lettuce and tomato (vegan)
  • Coconut BLT Wrap – coconut bacon, roasted garlic mayo, lettuce, tomato, and shredded carrot in a warm flour tortilla (vegan)
  • Handcut Fries
  • Curry Fries
  • The Irish – hand-cut fries, vegan cheddar, curry sauce, roasted garlic mayo, shredded cabbage, carrot, and green onion
  • Bloom Cookies

See you on Friday!

June 13, 2014 What the Truck?! Line-up

The countdown is on: our second What the Truck?! event takes place next week.

What: What the Truck?! in Old Strathcona
Where: McIntyre Park, 8303 104 Street
When: Friday, June 13, 2014
Time: 5-9pm
RSVP on Facebook!

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Because of the huge turnout to our first event in May, we’ve increased the number of trucks to fifteen:

Six trucks are new to What the Truck?!: Afterbite Mobile Kitchen, Attila the HUNgry, Casa Doce, Cookie Love Orbit and Perogy Princess. Help us show them some love!

A big thanks to our partner, the Old Strathcona Business Association, who has been instrumental in making this event happen. Thanks also to the Strathcona Community League for their sponsorship.

We’ll be posting menus next week – stay tuned!

Recap: What the Truck?! on the 4th Street Promenade

We were blown away on Saturday with the reception to our first What the Truck?! of the season, which took place on the 4th Street Promenade downtown.

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The weather held out, and we were joined by hundreds of Edmontonians over the course of the evening, hungry for a taste of the city’s mobile food vendors.

Between the nine established trucks and three new food trucks, attendees dined on everything from root beer-braised brisket sandwiches to Cornish pasties and candied maple bacon poutine.

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We know the lines weren’t for the faint of heart, and are planning to have even more trucks at our next event to meet the demand. That said, we heard that many people ended up patronizing restaurants on the street or in the area, and we’re happy that folks stayed downtown to enjoy themselves.

What the Truck?! on 104 Street

A big thanks goes to DJs Thomas Culture and Polyesterday, who helped create the party atmosphere that night. And without our sponsors – Capital City Cleanup, the Downtown Edmonton Community League, and in particular, the City Market, the event would not have been possible.

You can see more photos of the event here and here.

If you missed out on the fun, not to worry – our second What the Truck?! of the season is taking place in Old Strathcona on Friday, June 13 from 5-9pm. Hope to see you there!