Burke Street Food Truck Festival: The Low Down

Here’s the pertinent info (mostly from the Facebook page of the festival):

“The 4th Annual Burke Street Food Truck Festival will be held on Saturday, April 9th from 3 p.m.-8 p.m. within the Burke Street area of Downtown Winston-Salem. This rain or shine event is FREE to attend and fun for all ages.”12373190_847040835393468_1746147858900765342_n

Last year, they had around 30 trucks. Attendance was around 12,000-15,000. People complained that the crowds were too thick, the lines were too long, the trucks ran out of food, not enough places to sit and not enough bathroom access. This year, they’ve increased the number of trucks from 30 to over 60. They’ve increased the overall footprint of the festival and increased the seating and bathroom ratio. They’ve also added a VIP option that gets you in and makes the food available to you from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. before anyone else is allowed to congregate. The number of VIPs have been capped at 500. Some have complained about that: “we have to pay $20 for nothing and still buy the food?” Well, yes. However, if you think of this way, 12,000 people with 30 trucks = cluster-mess. 500 people with 60+ trucks? Spread out and enjoy. I believe it has value. But, I get that it may not be for everyone, but some it may be.

Also, there will be many arts/crafts/etc. vendors and beverage vendors throughout. Also, there’s singer/songwriter stage (Stage 2) that will be at the top of Burke Street near Fourth. The Main Stage will be near Old Winston Social Club and will have bands from 4-8pm. Those bands are Suitcase (opening the show), Wafer Thin and Luxuriant Sedans (headlining).  In addition to that, I will be emceeing the main stage festivities. Come up and say hello.

It’s going to be a great day for food, drink and entertainment. Yes, it may be a little cooler than you’d expect/want but it will be worth it.

Here are the trucks/vendors that will be participating in the festival (alphabetically; list may not be complete):

Bam Pow Chow
Bandito Burrito Truck
Barone Meatball Company
BO’s kitchen
Bradys Coffee Company
Buddhalicious Food Truck
Bulkogi Truck
Camel City Grill
Captain Poncho’s Tacos
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
Cockadoodlemoo Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster
Cut Bait Cafe
D’s Cakes In A Cup & More
Dusty Donuts
Empanadas Borinquen
Fish N Wings
Flite Time Wings
Food Freaks of NC
Gigi’s Cupcakes
Gussy’s Greek Street Food
Happy Plates Catering
Hibachi Xpress
Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ
Homeslice Pizza and Homeslice Pizza truck
JAM Ice Cream
Jive Turkey Legs
Juicy Bird
King-Queen Haitian Cuisine
Kona Ice of Kernersville
La Vie en Rose
Mike & Mike’s Italian Ices
Mystical Sunshine Food Truck
Omg chicken
PorterHouse Burger Truck
Qspresso Food Truck
Rib Shack “Home of the Philly Cheese Steak”
Route Bistro
Soomsoom Pita Pockets
Spice Delight Mobile Cafe
Sweet Cold Treats
Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Sweet T’s Smokin’ Eats
Taqueria El Azteca & Taco Truck
Taqueria Luciano’s
Thai Box Zing Catering
The Grinder Cafe
The Humble Pig
The Ice Queen
The Pearl Kitchen
Tony’s Italian Ice
Urban street grill
Village Juice Company
Wandering Moose
Will & Pop’s
Zeko’s 2 GO


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