Food Truck Fridays
One of the most fun food adventures to hit the Downtown Phoenix Public Market lately is Food Truck Fridays. Every Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the trucks gather in the parking lot of the market like a wagon train circling the tables and chairs. The trucks themselves are bright and colorful and just plain fun. The setting itself isn’t hip but it definitely works to encourage people to mingle and socialize. You’ll find yourself seated community style, with everyone talking about what they got and comparing notes.
The brainchild of the recently formed Phoenix Street Food Coalition, the Mobile Food Court is a great venue for the food trucks to pool their resources and keep their costs down in what has become a really hot trend in food – traveling food, that is. Phoenix lags behind other communities like Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon in street food culture, but what better way to support your local farmers’ market and the small, independent food truck businesses than to combine them in one convenient place?
The exact lineup of trucks may vary, but the Friday my friends and I showed up to sample the goodies, we were treated to Short Leash Dogs, Sunshine and Spice, Paradise Melts, Riteway Catering and Sweet Republic. We each hit a different food truck and then shared so we could sample as many different things as possible. Really good food. Seriously good food. And most things are between $5 – $6. Other vendors at Food Truck Fridays and at the market include Jamburritos, Torched Goodness, Pork on a Fork, Kai Catering, Life Lemons, Dr. Hummus and the Tamale Store. What more could you ask for?
So, to quote Neil Diamond from his song “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show”, “pack up the babies” and “grab the old ladies” and come on down to Food Truck Fridays.
Written by Susan Cypert, Phoenix Farmers Market Examiner at Examiner.com
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We enjoy Food Truck Fridays very much. We always like to try something new.
Our only complaint is that they allow NO COMPETITION. Only one taco truck, one hamburger, one ice cream, one hot dog, etc. You may be the best or even the worst but once you are in…you’re in and you will have no competition.
WHY ONLY FRIDAY??
CAN WE GET SATURDAY OR NITE
do they still have the food truck friday and every friday
When does this end? Will it continue through the summer?
Food Truck Friday is still happening every Friday from 11am-1:30pm. We’ve got some great trucks out in our city! Keep up on announcements at http://foodconnect.org/phxmarket/.
We spent some time in Portland, Oregon this past summer and thoroughly enjoyed the food truck experience as often as we could. The food trucks are in pods throughout the city of Portland making for a unique opportunity to try all kinds of different foods at a reasonable cost. We would LOVE to see a similar thing here in the Phoenix area. Why limit this to Friday afternoon only?