A new event is coming to downtown Wilmington on November 3: TRUCK-a-ROO. Coordinated by Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) and Pipeline Events, the event will feature six local food trucks competing for the title of ‘Best in Show.’ The line-up includes The Cheesy Banker, Catch – the Food Truck, Flaming Amy’s Sacred Burrito Bus, Patty Wagon, Poor Piggy’s BBQ and Webo’s Down Home Cooking. These trucks will be providing samples of their best menu items to Ballot Card holders. Folks may purchase a Ballot Card for $10 to sample all trucks and vote for their favorite. Local craft brews and wines will be available for purchase, and a great line-up of bands is scheduled to perform at the event.
The Cheesy Banker specializes in grilled sandwiches featuring thick slices of Texas toast. Choose from a classic grilled cheese or a turkey Havarti melt, all prepared by chef Irving Vasquez. The Cheesy Banker also offers catering, and their truck can be located each day by connecting with them on Twitter or Facebook.
Catch is all about fresh seafood and local produce. Their food truck is an extension of their two restaurant locations, Catch and Phun, operated by chef Keith Rhodes. Keith has been voted the city’s best chef for three consecutive years, and even competed on Bravo’s Top Chef Texas!
Patty Wagon will be in attendance also, serving burgers they say are “worth doing time for!” Operated by James Smith, the Patty Wagon cooks 1/3 pound burgers made from ground chuck he picks up fresh from Carolina Farmin’ on brioche buns.
Poor Piggy’s BBQ specializes in genuine slow cooked and smoked NC barbecue and beef brisket. Their truck has participated in state-wide competitions, winning titles of both first and second place. Poor Piggy’s currently has two trucks serving Wilmington, and you can locate them daily on their website.
Webo’s Down Home Cooking will be rolling out their food truck to serve their famous turkey barbecue! Run by Hardie Balland and Kenyetta Austin, Webo’s has been catering in Wilmington for eighteen years. They serve a variety of foods such as fried fish, shrimp burgers and even funnel cake.
Flaming Amy’s is new to the food truck scene, but they have made an impressive entrance with their “Sacred Burrito Bus.” This truck is a delight to the eyes as well as the stomach, with colorful art treatment by Rare Airwerx. TRUCK-a-ROO will be their big debut, so be sure you don’t miss this awesome truck!
Groove Fetish will play from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. This newly formed jam rock band is best known for playing a variety of cover songs from different genres in a way that exemplifies their original sound.
Fred Flynn and Wes Sayer will play from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. This dynamic duo with features songs from old soul and rock, to americana and jazz infused originals.
Jesse Stockton and Dead Sparrow will play from 6:45pm to 8:00pm. This local three-piece band consists of Jesse Stockton, Tom Shaw and Ben Privot playing a unique blend of folk and blues.
FREE trucker hats given to the first 200 people to arrive at the event with pre-sale Ballot Cards!
Win two FREE Ballot Cards by liking the Facebook page and tagging them in a post! The contest runs each week, Monday through Friday at noon until November 3.
TRUCK-a-ROO is taking place on November 3, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at Riverfront Park in Downtown Wilmington. With the purchase of a Ballot Card for $10, you will have the opportunity to sample a savory selection from each of the trucks and cast your vote for the ‘Best in Show.’ You can purchase a pre-sale Ballot Card from the event website by clicking on the ‘Ballot Cards’ menu item at the top. Please note that a $2 fee applies when purchasing a Ballot Card online. You may bypass this fee by purchasing your pre-sale Ballot Card with cash or check at the WDI office located at 221 North Front Street, Suite 102.
Bring It! Downtown on November 3, and make sure to check out all the great restaurants and shops downtown has to offer! Park in any of the city-owned parking decks to receive your first hour free of charge.
By Luke Edwards, WDI Intern