For the first time, Tacoma’s food carts, trucks and mobile restaurants have found a collective home, if only for a day. About 30 South Sound and Seattle-area food trucks, carts and mobile restaurants are assembled right now at Cheney Stadium, home to Moveable Feast, Tacoma’s first-ever food cart meetup. Vendors will serve until 7 p.m. today.
Our neighbors to the north and south have food cart lots – places where mobile restaurants flock so that diners can mingle and graze, but Tacoma has yet to produce a home for Pierce County’s far-flung mobile restaurant community. Even a city-supported plan to attract food carts to Tollefson Plaza has has had few takers. The idea of creating a food cart pod is one of the reasons Alyson Jones, director of media and events for the Tacoma Rainiers, and Odette D’Aniello, owner of Tacoma’s Celebrity Cake Studios, started the event – they wanted to provide a gathering place for mobile restaurants, if only for a single day. If the event is a success, it could become a regular meetup. Read more here about the background of the festival.
The layout of the event is just as Jones promised – all the carts are arranged as a giant circle, segregated into savory and sweet, with seating in the middle. You can turn a circle and see the front of just about every cart. Lines are already forming, but vendors seem to be moving quickly. Here’s what I’ve eaten so far.