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Stuff your face: 18 trucks rally Sunday for Tacoma’s Food Truck Fest

Post by Sue Kidd / The News Tribune on July 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm | No Comments »
July 17, 2014 12:31 pm
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.
The Budha Bagel truck on the University of Washington Tacoma campus.

As a paid belly for this newspaper, I’ve spent countless hours traversing every pocket of Pierce County sniffing out, hunting down and what can loosely be described as “stalking” food trucks.

That’s a lot of driving – and eating.

Here’s an event that will make it much easier for diners – and this restaurant critic – to test as many food trucks as one could possibly stomach in a single day: Food Truck Fest at Wright Park. The event, from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, will have a dozen food trucks from Pierce County and six from the Seattle area.

Organizer Phedra Redifer of MetroParks considers it an opportunity for local eaters to check out what’s new in Pierce County’s food truck world. She’s booked several new trucks that locals probably have not yet encountered. Here’s a look at those new trucks, plus other trucks that will be serving Sunday:

New trucks to check out

X Group's Mobile Food Command Center, serving most Fridays and Saturdays near Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma's Sixth Avenue neighborhood.
X Group’s Mobile Food Command Center, serving most Fridays and Saturdays near Engine House No. 9 in Tacoma’s Sixth Avenue neighborhood.

Finnwick’s Kitchen: This truck has found a home every Wednesday and Friday at downtown Tacoma’s Old Post Office building, serving Greek sandwiches and portable Greek eats. It comes from longtime Tacoma restaurant owner Jim Wick, founder of It’s Greek To Me.
Mobile Food Command Center: The newest venture from X Group Restaurants (which owns Asado, Masa and Engine House No. 9) is a former command unit for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Find tacos, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other Mexican street eats.
Lizzie Lou’s Comfort Food: This truck is an outpost of the lunch counter that operates inside Destination Harley. Find fusion soul food at this truck.

Familiar local faces

Celebrity Cake Studio Cakemobile: This truck is known for doling out huge cake slices, so get in line early. The truck is an outpost of the popular Celebrity Cake Studio bakery near the Tacoma Dome.
Budha Bear Bagel Truck: This truck roams Pierce County serving bagel sandwiches. It typically is stationed at University of Washington Tacoma a few days a week.
Pampeana Empanadas: A farmers’ market regular that circulates throughout Pierce County, this truck features South American-style empanadas.
R.J.’s Burgers: This Freighthouse Square-based restaurant will serve burgers.
Josefina’s Mexican: The taco truck is an outpost of the longtime Tacoma Mexican restaurant.
Also serving: Street Donuts of Bonney Lake; Who Dat Sno Cones of University Place; Federal Way’s The Ice Cream Lady; University Place’s The Van That Know “The Man”; and Hot Revolution Donuts of Seattle.

A four-piece lumpia combo with rice at Lumpia World.
A four-piece lumpia combo with rice at Lumpia World.

Seattle/King County trucks

Lumpia World: This truck is King County-based, but serves Thursdays at the Broadway Farmers Market in Tacoma. It will serve lumpia and other Filipino dishes.
Plum Bistro: This vegan burger truck has Tacoma ties – it’s a sister restaurant to the Hilltop’s Quickie Too, a vegan restaurant.
Fish Basket: This Des Moines-based truck has garnered attention for its fish and chips and fish tacos.
Jemil’s Big Easy: This New Orleans-themed truck comes from Seattle.
Elemental Pizza: From the Seattle-based pizza company.

Food Truck Fest
When: noon-5 p.m., Sunday July 20, 2014
Where: Wright Park, Tacoma
Info: metroparkstacoma.org/foodtruckfest
What: This free event will have 18 mobile food, with free live entertainment. Get there at 1:40 p.m. to catch Stephanie Anne Johnson, a previous contestant on The Voice.

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