What’s that in the distance. People…downtown…after work. What The TRUCK?! Making the trek across the river, Sarah and I arrived to see Edmonton’s first food truck extravaganza in full effect! Created by two proud and locally committed Edmontonians, Sharon Yeo and Mack Male, What The Truck?! seemed to be inspired by the food adventures they’ve found themselves on during their travels. And for me, a good food truck is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so I was excited to see what the duo would wrangle up.
Located at Beaver Hill Park, which over looks Jasper Ave, Mack and Sharon did an amazing job at filling the concrete jungle with food and locals who were both hungry and seemingly very happy to be eating outdoors. As Sarah and I wandering through the crowds, it was great too see so many familiar faces because it helped ease the pain of massive lineups.
With Funky Pickle Pizza already sold out and the line up at Filistix out of this world, I pondered my remaining choices while Sarah lined up for the classic Fat Franks. Seeing as I’m not really going to just eat chocolate and peanut butter donuts for supper, my decision seemed harder than I first harder. And with the rain coming down, we soon found ourselves scoring a ride back across the river before I pulled the trigger.
Without a a doubt, Mack and Sharon really did something fantastic. They brought neighbours, strangers, and friends into the core and showcased Edmonton’s mobile food carts in an inspiring way. From Chinese to pizza, waffles to donuts, I think the event was brilliant. With some time (and a few necessary bylaw changes), I hope that we continue to see food carts pop up in our great city. Maybe one day we’ll even head in the direction of the taco trucks I saw in Oakland. After all, who wouldn’t love a late night tongue taco!