Gentle Readers, into every life, some giant turkey legs must fall. However, there is no delicate way to consume them. When in doubt, do not eat them on video. Just a word of professional advice.
I learned this the hard way this past weekend when I did my first ever joint blog review with VeggieMacabre! Great fun was had at the inaugural Winston Salem Food Truck Rodeo, much Fried was consumed, the majority of it by me. Check out his blog post for a full review and extended video.
Here’s my short-take, shot Blair Witch style and slightly beheading us both in honor of VM’s other interest, horror films. Or because my arms are too short to have two people on video and I forgot my tabletop tripod, one of the two.
Enough chatter, I am practical after all: 5 TPC tips for surviving and thriving in a food truck rodeo environment!
1. Go early. He who laughed at my “buy everything I could as fast as possible” strategy became incredibly grateful for the 4 cupcakes I had 3 hours later. Especially the pecan pie one with the praline center. Wow. In fact, strangers asked for bites of the other cupcakes, and I obliged. Community first. They were from Cakes in a Cup, and they were truly awe-inspiring.
2. Stagger attendance. Think of Disney people. Provide gated times and tickets, and give the food trucks a fighting chance. Food trucks can’t handle the rush. I’ve never seen this end well. Organizers need to expect and plan for this to offset the crush.
3. When in doubt, order turkey livers. Okay, I just made that rule up, but these little crunchy morsels from Hickory Tree Barbecue were divine. I ate them cold when things got dire later in the day. The larger point, don’t be boring. You can eat boring food another time. Live a little.
4. Work as a team. This is not to be taken lightly. Two people held down seats at the bar (Old Winston Social Club, a sponsor and a fantastic place–try it and thank me later), while the third stood in line. My fave description from VeggieMacabre’s blog:
There was a great chance that one could actually learn Korean before reaching the Korean BBQ truck.
Ironically, while eating Korean food with a friend at lunch today, he shared this unbelievably helpful infographic. Use your in-line time wisely and you can order in the native tongue when you arrive at the window. You’re welcome.
5. Always have a Plan B. In the end, parking the trucks amongst many great bars and restaurants is a good idea. It drives a lot of business to everyone, and you can at least get something to eat or drink (as opposed to when this happens in a field in the middle of nowhere–that is a recipe for a riot).
Tally of food consumed:
- Flintstone style turkey leg
- Deep-fried turkey livers
- 1/4 of 4 cupcakes: pecan pie (winner), banana nut (yum!), chocolate salted caramel (coveted by strangers), lemon-lemon (could use some lemon curd filling)
- 1/3 of 4 burgers: 2 involving Velveeta (or not, as we struggled to find it), 1 covered in bacon (shown), 1 veggie (we tried, we really really did)
- 1 original glazed, Hot Now, from Krispy Kreme: Okay, not at the rodeo, but it’s unnatural to go to the home of the Double K and not eat one
- some carrots: for my health
- some banana pudding: because I’m Southern and it was there, duh
In summary: I don’t really like food truck rodeos for eating at food trucks, but for the spectacle and for the company. No regrets in that regard. Thanks to VeggieMacabre and the whole crew for making WS awesome.
Have you been to a food truck rodeo? What did/didn’t you like about it? Weigh in (pun intended) in the comments section below!
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