By Contributor | SanTanValleyToday.com
SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. – The food trucks are coming! The Good Life Festival at Encanterra Country Club will play host to 16 of the best known gourmet food trucks on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
“If your sweetheart is a foodie, this event might just be their idea of the perfect date,” said Hal Looney, Arizona area president of Shea Homes Active Lifestyle Communities. “They’ll be able to peruse menus and take a food journey that covers miles and generations.”
Food trucks confirmed for the festival include:
Burgers Amore dishes up made-to-order and freshly grilled beef burgers, chicken burgers, turkey burgers, veggie burgers, salmon burgers, bison burgers and pork burgers. Family owned and operated, Burgers Amore has been serving the Phoenix Metropolitan area since 1973.
Gourmet Command Center serves the best of East Coast fare with a Southwest flare. Husband and wife owners Bernie Boyle and Cindie Powell-Boyle make their food truck a family affair.
Lulu’s Italian Ice features Italian flavored ice made fresh daily with seasonal fruit, 100 percent natural fruit juices, cane sugar and the best flavorings. Smooth like ice cream, but made without dairy, the Natale family brings this unique treat from Philadelphia and New York to the Valley. Flavors include all natural lemon and mango, plus kid favorites like cotton candy, blue raspberry and cherry.
Maine Lobster Lady’s lobster shack on wheels offers diners the “Ultimate White Meat.” Responsibly harvested and sustainable, Maine Lobster is healthy, low in fat and cholesterol, high in protein, and off-the-chart delicious. Order up a lobster roll “Traditional Style” with chunks of chilled lobster meat tossed with a touch of lemon aioli in a butter grilled roll, or try it warm, drizzled with melted butter.
Mojo Bowl can fuel your body and soul with 15 different handmade smoothies, salads, soups and chili. Mojo also offers handmade Greek yogurt parfaits featuring Laura’s Gourmet Granola.
Old Dixie’s Kitchen gives Chef Michael Babcock a chance to share a true taste of authentic southern cuisine with the people of Phoenix. House (aka truck) specials include fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches, red beans and rice, Carolina style pulled pork, gumbo, and housemade boudin sausage.
Pizza People are serving up pie on the fly. Pizza People is the vision of longtime Phoenix residents MaryBeth and Tim Scanlon who are focused on making great tasting, affordable food using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
Q Up! BBQ takes bomb diggitty BBQ to the streets. A chef and foodie at heart, the owner of Q UP! BBQ wanted to share his passion and love for food with everyone by way of good serving size, reasonable prices, and the freshest, tastiest ingredients available.
Sandra Dee’s Catering specializes in providing the finest Louisiana cuisine, offering the best of Creole and Cajun flavors. The menu features dishes with influences from France, Spain, Africa, Germany, Italy and the West Indies.
Spice It Up makes life more flavorful, incorporating tastes, textures, ingredients and spices from around the world. Their menu uses spices as an artist uses a palette to tone and color the food.
Tom’s BBQ rolls out its iconic Pig Rig chock full of the great Tom’s BBQ flavors. Menu items include a variety of smoked meats topped with Toms own recipe of BBQ sauce and homemade sides.
Mister Softee has been bringing ice cream treats curbside since 1956. Mister Softee offers freshly made soft serve ice cream sundaes, soda floats, cones, cups, banana splits and shakes.
Udder Delights specializes in homemade ice cream, cookies, brownies, pastries and ice cream cakes. You won’t find a more delectable assortment of goodies anywhere.
In addition to food trucks, Food Network celebrity chefs, Tyler Florence (host of The Great Food Truck Race) and Duff Goldman (from Charm City Cakes and Ace of Cakes) will be cooking up sweet treats and romance-inspired fare live on stage, joined by renowned Phoenix chefs Julia Baker, James Porter and Aaron May. Live music from Bella Donna will add to the ambiance of a day devoted to making palates and hearts blissfully happy.
Tickets are on sale now. General admission is $20/person (plus fees) and includes festival entry and complimentary dessert sample. The VIP package is $70/person (plus fees) and includes food sampling, wine tasting* and a Q&A session with Food Network chefs Florence and Go ldman.
Festival gates open at noon, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Encanterra Country Club is located at 36460 North Encanterra Drive in San Tan Valley