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Toledo Food Truck Fest - Sat, Jul 12, 2014

http://m.toledoblade.com/Food/2014/07/08/A-moveable-feast-Toledo-festival-celebrates-food-truck-ingenuity.html

Food trucks. Toledo will celebrate them at its first Food Truck Fest from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Hosted by the Collingwood Arts Center (2413 Collingwood), the Food Truck Fest is sponsored by Miller Lite and is supported by The Old West End Association.

A donation of $2 is suggested, which will go to the Arts Center.

Live music will be performed by the band Kids with Knives and by singer Becca Nease.

Vendors include Antojitos Laredo Tacos, Aunt Carla’s Boosh (uniquely spiced gourmet bratwurst), Bea’s Blend Specialty Coffees, Mr. Bob’s Q, Slammin’ Sammies (creative sandwiches), The Displaced Chef Mobile Cuisine (Cubanos and other Cuban dishes), Traveling Tables, and Wanderlust Sandwich Co.

created by jr on Jul 11, 2014 at 02:05:35 pm     Food     Comments: 28

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Are they going to be located on Collingwood by the art center?

posted by stooks on Jul 11, 2014 at 02:34:10 pm     #  

yup

posted by upso on Jul 11, 2014 at 02:39:32 pm     #  

Upso, what are you doing now if your no longer at Grumpy's?

posted by MIJeff on Jul 11, 2014 at 02:48:36 pm     #  

Spending time in Chicago during the week :-P

posted by stooks on Jul 11, 2014 at 03:17:28 pm     #  

Aunt Carla's Boosh stopped by today and I have to say the sausage was great. It's a portugese type stadium sausage with rice, and cummin which gave it a great aroma and taste. They have a spicy version also which one of my producers tried and gave two thumbs up.

posted by fred on Jul 11, 2014 at 03:26:47 pm     #   1 person liked this

Did anybody go to this? I heard from a friend that it was a failure. Hoping that's not true!

posted by dell_diva on Jul 12, 2014 at 07:54:55 pm     #  

LOL, how did they explain the failure? I drove past a couple of times and it was PACKED (around 7pm) and later I bumped into friends in uptown that has visited earlier and they all loved it.

Calling it a "failure" is sort of a ridiculous without more info. What story did your friend tell / weave?

posted by upso on Jul 13, 2014 at 12:45:43 am     #   6 people liked this

When you are running a $2 a head suggested donation fundraiser, your expectations are probably realistic.

If the food trucks sold their food, and the CAC took away $200 and some free pub, this was a relative success.

It wasn't challenging the Rib Off.

posted by justread on Jul 13, 2014 at 07:30:06 am     #   2 people liked this

upso posted at 12:45:43 AM on Jul 13, 2014:

LOL, how did they explain the failure? I drove past a couple of times and it was PACKED (around 7pm) and later I bumped into friends in uptown that has visited earlier and they all loved it.

Calling it a "failure" is sort of a ridiculous without more info. What story did your friend tell / weave?

Moved into our house right next to the CAC yesterday. Didn't have a chance to go to the food trucks, but it was packed when I drove by.

posted by Nolan_Rosenkrans on Jul 13, 2014 at 08:53:30 am     #   3 people liked this

I forgot to stop by yesterday. Hopefully it was a success, but there were several higher profile events going on around town yesterday.

posted by 6th_Floor on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:28:03 am     #  

We were there for supper. Good crowd. The Boosh sold out of sausage and had to go get more. IMHO the CAC could do this once a month in the summer and we'd go every time.

The band that was playing around 7 p.m. was nice and peppy -- I wish we could have stayed longer.

GREAT peoplewatching, by the way. Next time we'll bring lawn chairs and smuggle in some wine (beer was available). :-)

posted by viola on Jul 13, 2014 at 11:12:19 am     #   1 person liked this

I want Boosh, man.

posted by gamegrrl on Jul 13, 2014 at 12:50:42 pm     #  

It was packed that's for sure. However being a "food truck" festival I was sort of disappointed to see only three food trucks. The rest were just tents. Was strange to me because on any given Thursday they have more food trucks parked downtown by levis square. Was happy to donate and support the CAC.

posted by stooks on Jul 14, 2014 at 07:09:41 am     #  

We were there around 3:30-5pm. It was quite busy, and the lines were long. I was also disappointed with the handful of trucks, but the food was good and atmosphere was very nice. I'd gladly go again and show support.

posted by webrioter on Jul 14, 2014 at 08:16:17 am     #  

I think it will grow. When they first started promoting the event they only had two vendors lined up. A couple of the vendors were only added a day or two prior to the event.

posted by upso on Jul 14, 2014 at 09:03:27 am     #  

Yeah there was a lot of people there. We had fun just was expecting more.
Like I said I work downtown and they have more food trucks on Thursdays down here. I look forward for this event to grow in the future! :)

posted by stooks on Jul 14, 2014 at 09:21:03 am     #  

We braved the (brief but intense) rain and enjoyed a Grumpys salad. I was sad Wanderlust sold out before we go there- the menu looks awesome.

posted by endcycle on Jul 14, 2014 at 09:50:38 am     #  

A great place for these trucks to setup would be on the road to nowhere.

posted by SherryET on Jul 15, 2014 at 08:19:56 am     #  

SherryET posted at 08:19:56 AM on Jul 15, 2014:

A great place for these trucks to setup would be on the road to nowhere.

The Craig Bridge?

posted by justread on Jul 15, 2014 at 08:33:40 am     #  

Okay so just what is the name of that road they put in by the Schoonmaker?

posted by SherryET on Jul 15, 2014 at 09:12:26 am     #  

SherryET posted at 08:19:56 AM on Jul 15, 2014:

A great place for these trucks to setup would be on the road to nowhere.

....why?

posted by endcycle on Jul 15, 2014 at 09:38:40 am     #  

no traffic, plenty of open space, well-known area and easy accessibility to get the food trucks in and out without affecting local residents and commuters.

posted by BrianInFlorida on Jul 15, 2014 at 02:06:05 pm     #  

I'm sitting here in my office, craving a pork tamale from Gloria's and lamenting the fact that I can no longer have one. If ever there was a candidate for a food truck....I would be there in a heartbeat.

posted by valbee on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:11:21 am     #  

Valbee, is that the place that used to be in our neck of the woods on Lewis/Laskey?

posted by stooks on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:46:06 am     #  

Oh man... gloria's. RIP.

posted by upso on Jul 22, 2014 at 11:56:53 am     #  

Stooks, yes it is. :(

posted by valbee on Jul 22, 2014 at 12:40:06 pm     #  

Sad:( I never got the chance to try them!

posted by stooks on Jul 22, 2014 at 01:06:36 pm     #  

BrianInFlorida posted at 02:06:05 PM on Jul 15, 2014:

no traffic, plenty of open space, well-known area and easy accessibility to get the food trucks in and out without affecting local residents and commuters.

This and I don't have to cross the bridge to get to it. :)

posted by SherryET on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:25:20 am     #