Tampa food truck rally

Local Flavor attended the very first Tampa food truck rally of 2011

As promised, here are a few pix:

Turn-out was spectacular…

and lines were long…

But that didn’t stop folks from enjoying tasty treats from

Juicy Jugos

Fat Tortillas

The Killer Samich truck

Wicked Wiches

The newly named Sinful Pleasures

Nelly Nel’s mobile grill

Fire Monkey Food truck

And of course,
Michelle Faedo’s on the Go

Todd Sturtz from Tasting Tampa and Creative Loafing, as well as Michael Blasco from 352 Media Group did an amazing job putting it all together quickly and already have a second Tampa food truck fest scheduled for Oct. 22!

If you missed the first one or turned back due to the huge crowd, this one is going to be much larger so lines should be far more reasonable. It will be from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Seminole Heights at 300 E. Sligh Ave. There will be 25 trucks or more in addition to the added space and temperatures promise to be much more tolerable this go around.

Are you in St Pete and wondering why you haven’t had one yet? Well, apparently you’re not the only one.

Organizers say they even had a church offer up their grounds and offer volunteers to work it.
When it got right up to the final planning stages, suddenly the city of St Pete decided it would not be allowed.

Once again, Local Flavor stumbles upon yet another city set in it’s old ways…

Not to worry. There’s something you can do!

If you live in St Pete (or just like supporting Local Flavor style businesses) go to Fire Monkey Food Truck’s Facebook page and sign their petition. They need to get at least 2,000 digital signatures before they go back to the city (again) to “beg to be able to sell food just like every other legitimate, legal, licensed, inspected food establishment in the city.” (Thanks Todd;)

In the meantime, word on the street is that Tampa will now be holding food truck rallies Every Month!!

That’s one small step for local flavor business and one giant leap toward a local flavor future.

See you at Saturday’s rally!


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