The first DFW Food Truck Festival has generated quite a buzz. Organizer Jasper Russo says blogs covering the event have driven a surge of customers to his website. The RSVP page he usually uses to gauge interest in his tasting events received a spike in traffic, and some 400 food-truck fans say they are planning to go.
Russo told me today by phone that the event could choke area parking lots. He and his staff are conducting a walk through today to plan placement of the participants, and he estimates that a third of his parking lot will be filled with food trucks, a charity supporting clean drinking water for Africa, and Yelp, of all things.
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Many businesses in the area close at 5 and their lots could be available, but Russo's not officially recommending people park in other businesses parking lots. His recommendation? "Take the Dart train." The Lovers station is just a few blocks away and will help folks avoid what could be a parking nightmare.
Other advice? Go early. The trucks will start setting up at 4 p.m., and Russo thinks they should be ready to start serving by 5. Should the event go well, a follow-up festival is planned for some time in May.
The following food trucks have confirmed participation in the event. Crazysisters had to back out due to permitting issues:
3 men & a Taco Entice Ice Gandolfo's NY Deli Jack's Chowhound Mr Cool Ice Cream Nammi The Bomb Fried Pies Trailercakes Ruthie's Rolling Café