By Contrinutor | Sun.Sentinel.com
Wellington has caught on to the food truck craze with more than 15 gourmet and unique trucks offering everything from duck sandwiches, twisted quesadillas, burgers and shakes to gourmet cupcakes and frozen yogurt featured at its weekly Food Truck Invasion.
“It was something I saw while in Fort Lauderdale and thought it would work here in Wellington,” cultural programs and facilities manager Joe Piconcelli said. “We are always looking for something different to add to the events out here.”
Since opening the amphitheater several years ago the village has worked to provide family friendly programming to the site. This is just one of nearly 100 events that are scheduled for the amphitheater this coming year, Piconcelli said, adding that all village-sponsored events are free to attend.
Organized by Miami-based Food Truck Invasion, between 15 to 20 trucks from South Florida will roll into the Wellington Amphitheater, 12100 Forest Hill Blvd., from 5:30 to 10 p.m. every Thursday, except Thanksgiving, through May.
“There will be different trucks each week,” Piconcelli said. “It is a chance for guests to try culturally different foods all in one place.”
During last week’s inaugural invasion more than 100 guests enjoyed music and a variety of food. At future invasions the village has live entertainment scheduled, Piconcelli said.
Although the food on the trucks is gourmet the prices averaging between $5 to $10.
The village will take the second week of food truck fun to kick off its new recycling program with an America Recycles Day event.
The new program brings 20 bins to various locations, including Scott’s Place barrier-free playground, the Wellington Amphitheater, Village Park, Tiger Shark Cove Park and the Wellington Environmental Preserve at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Everglades Habitat, according to village staff.
The American Beverage Association provided the bins to Wellington free of charge as part of a pilot public space recycling program.
The Solid Waste Authority and Waste Management of Florida will have tents at the amphitheater so residents and visitors can learn more about recycling. America Recycles Day is a program created by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful and is designed to promote and celebrate recycling efforts in the United States.
Guests who attend the food truck event should bring their own chairs or blankets as seating is limited. Parking is available at Village Hall and the Community Center lots.