How it ends up that Boca Raton keeps getting the food truck events, I’m not sure. But internet marketer Jochen Esser has put together another Gourmet Food Truck Expo at Boca Center tonight.
There’s a VIP reception (5:30-6:30 p.m., cost $10) for charity – well worth it to avoid the long lines and mobs of last month’s expo. Otherwise, the event is free.
Popular trucks from last month’s venture will return, and some new ones. They include 4-Alarm Pizza (the guy has a fire truck rigged with a real pizza oven aboard); Clarabelle’s Cupcakes, Nacho Mama’s, On a Roll, Dim Ssam-a-gogo, Mac’n Food ruck, Mr. Chimi, Grill Master Cafe, Gyromaniakz, Divan Bakery, Catered Bliss and West Palm Beach’s own Curbside Gourmet. At least 24 trucks will be serving main meals, sweet stuff, ice cream and one guy, cigars.
What to expect
- Last month’s event was mobbed. Traffic was tied up on the single road coming in for up to an hour. This may be different at Boca Center – or not. Prepare to arrive early for the best chances of short lines at the trucks.
- Wear comfortable clothes and shoes – it’s totally casual, outside. In case of rain, you’ll dash for your car or the Boca Center.
- No fee to get in, but bring plenty of cash. Only a few trucks accept cards.
- Each truck prices its foods separately ($3 to $12 per plate, typically) and the menu (if any) is printed on the side of the truck or at the window – scope it out before you get there so you can be ready to order.
- Prepare to stand in line at popular trucks – up to 45 minutes. Be polite and don’t cut lines. If you’re not a patient type, this event isn’t for you.
- Prepare to eat standing up, or bring your own portable tables – there are few tables. Beer and wines are available as well as other beverages.
- Clean up your own mess.
Gourmet Food Truck Expo
When: 6:30-10 p.m., June 29
Where: Boca Center, 5250 Town Center Circle (off Military Trail, south of Glades Road. Enter from Glades on Butts Road, west of I-95; turn east on NW 19th St.)
VIP info: 5:30-6:30 p.m. early entrance to event, $10 (food cost separate). Info and tickets, click here. Benefits Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund.