The Food Truck Craze Comes to Fort Lauderdale!

Great BBQ! Credits: Tiffany Lanier

By Tiffany Lanier |

Great BBQ! Credits: Tiffany Lanier

For the last few years, food trucks have been taking the nation by storm! And with Miami Food Trucks having been on the scene since late 2009, it’s now Fort Lauderdale’s turn to embrace the idea of “truck food” with open arms!

Yesterday the Riverwalk Trust of Fort Lauderdale held a Gourmet Food Truck event at Esplanade Park in the heart of the Himmarshee Village near Las Olas Riverfront. Over a dozen trucks posted along the streets for the locals to enjoy! Families, couples, and many friends made an outing out of this event. Most people set-up shop picnic style throughout the park with blankets, beach chairs, and picnic baskets to boot!

The park was filled with many first time truck foodies, exploring the food truck craze for themselves! Jaime, a first-timer from Plantation enjoyed her spicy Tuna roll and fried rice from the RedKoi Lounge truck, “I never thought I would eat sushi out of a truck! But to my surprise, it was very good!”

Edward Pollard from Lauderhill, sat on a wall eating a fish taco from Jefe’s Original fish taco and Burgers, “The price is very good and the food is even better! It’s my first time eating it. My daughter recommended that this was the first place I should try and I did. No complaints here!”

Great food, laughter, and good company filled the atmosphere. Ali from Hollywood sat around with a few girlfriends,enjoying the food and loving the much needed reunion! “We’re all foodies! This event is great, it’s not only brining us together but there’s a great sense of community here as well!”

This event didn’t only cater to the first time visitor, veteran food truck go-er, Anton Ragoonan attends Food truck festivals whenever they come around, “We go whenever we can. I watch the travel channel and they search for the best food trucks throughout America.  So I want to as well! Who knows we may have the best right here in South Florida!”

Although lines were long and some had to wait up to 30 minutes or so for food, people stayed to see what the fuss was all about! More than 1500 people showed up to the Gourmet Food Truck event throughout the night (an amazing week day turn-out)! With BBQ, burgers, tacos, sushi and anything else you can imagine–all in one area, no one could think of a better place to be on Wednesday night!

The consensus is in—Fort Lauderdale is ready to be apart of the food truck revolution!