By Bill Hicks | Daily Republican
SUISUN CITY — If you eat it, they will come.
That was true Saturday evening in Suisun City as a dozen or so food trucks descended on the downtown waterfront to participate in an event organized by the Sacramento-based mobile food truck event group SactoMoFo.
Despite the many tables, stations for hand sanitizer and portable toilets, saying “organized” doesn’t capture the full spirit of the event. Word of the event filters out gradually through social media channels and the trucks – and eventually people – show up.
Part of the attraction of food truck events is the variety of different offerings. Each truck has a specialty and rarely do the trucks offer competing food types. Similarly, a group of friends can all attend the event together and find something they enjoy unlike, say, an evening at a seafood restaurant that isn’t participated in by the friend who doesn’t like fish.
Trucks participating in the event Saturday in Suisun City featured food truck standards such as burgers, fries, sandwiches and tacos, as well as sweet treats such as ice cream and smoothies, along with culturally-oriented foods such as Filipino and Hawaiian trucks.
“They always have stuff that you can’t find in other places,” said Fairfield’s Cheryl Holloway.
Holloway explained food truck chefs are often more willing to take culinary risks with dishes. Food trucks have relatively low expenses compared to traditional restaurants and taking a risk on a dish that doesn’t pan out isn’t as costly financially.
But those risks that don’t pay off are few and far between.
“Everything is delicious,” said Vacaville’s Donna Gilmore. “I always come to events like this. I’d like to see things like this more often.”
“I’ve seen these events around for a while and I’ve wanted to come check it out,” said Vacaville’s Kim Patterson.
And she wasn’t alone. Several hundred people attended the event, which included live music and bounce house games. Many made the short walk from the nearby Victorian Harbor neighborhood but many others came from Fairfield, Vacaville and areas throughout the region.
The popularity of the event in Suisun City, given the SactoMoFo effort to expand their event offerings outside of the immediate vicinity of the capital city, might mean the trucks will park along the waterfront and serve up their best dishes at some point in the future.