Cary, NC — The moment we have all been waiting for finally happened this past Sunday: Cary held its first major food truck rodeo. And, despite the threat of rain, crowds mobbed the downtown.
CaryCitizen was there, and we declared it a resounding success!
15 Food Trucks
There were 17 food trucks lining West Chatham Street from the corner of South Academy, to the intersection with North Harrison. Variety was the spice of life, with trucks including La Farm Bakery, Stuft potatoes, Sol Tacos, American Meltdon (grilled cheese), a couple barbecue trucks and Philly Cheese Steaks. There was a donut truck and another specializing in frozen treats. Prices were reasonable, with most trucks selling sandwiches for about $7 -$9.
Well not exactly. More like an alcohol cannot be taken beyond this point – as there was only one brewery, local favorite Fortnight, and the local winery Chatham Hill , but they were set up in an “alcohol was not permitted beyond this point ” area.
But what an area! Lovely shady umbrella tables were set up with ample seating on the front yard of the Ivey Ellington Waddel House, and a live acoustic musician played and sang while folks sipped and grabbed a bite.
Speaking of seating, unlike what we’ve heard takes place at Durham’s food truck rodeos, the Town of Cary provided ample seating in several locations for folks who preferred to sit rather than stand to eat their food truck finds.
I arrived early (noon), to be sure I found decent parking and planned on having several samples for lunch. People were already filling the town lots and streaming onto the street with me.
I scoped out the offerings and decided to try the Cajun truck called baton Rouge Cuisine, seeing as there’s not a lot of that type food available on a regular basis here in Cary. Their offerings included jambalaya and gumbo and my choice which was a shrimp ettouffe. I was not disappointed. My $7 included a creamy roux sauce with baby shrimp and vegetables all served over white rice. Just the right amount of kick.
I then ventured over to visit our friends at Fortnight for one of my favorite porters to wash it all down.
The event had a real festival feel, the weather was cool and folks were in no hurry. I then decided to bring something home for my husband, who requested a Philly cheesesteak. That was the only snafu in an otherwise perfect day. After standing in the lengthy line for about 20 minutes, without any progress, I asked someone to save my spot while I investigated. We discovered that those at the front had been waiting an hour.
A quick decision had me visiting Olio and Aceto, who made a pork loin with grilled kale sandwich on a pretzel roll in 5 minutes for $9. It, too, was outstanding.
Let’s hope this is the start of something regular because I’d say this event was a home run!
Story by Lindsey Chester and photos by Brian Speice for CaryCitizen.