Corpus-Christi, TX: Food Truck Festival to fuel street eats downtown

Contributed photo The inaugural Food Truck Festival will be from noon to midnight Saturday.

By Esther Hackleman  |  Caller Times

Contributed photo The inaugural Food Truck Festival will be from noon to midnight Saturday.
Contributed photo The inaugural Food Truck
Festival will be from noon to midnight Saturday.

Line up to the sound of idling engines and sizzling grills at the inaugural Food Truck Festival on Saturday in downtown Corpus Christi.

Fueling the fast food craze that has hit Corpus Christi, the festival will feed street food creations by nearly 40 food trucks to residents from noon to midnight at the intersection of Peoples and Chaparral Streets.

“It’s going to be a food truck explosion,” organizer John Garcia said.

The response from food trucks has been so overwhelming that Garcia said several vendors who could not attend this year have already requested to be part of next year’s celebration. The 36 food trucks serving at the festival are coming from outside the city limits as well. Vendors from Portland, Bishop, McAllen, Alice, Robstown and Rockport are on the roster.

“(The festival) means excitement,” said Elizabeth Carrillo-Gonzalez, owner of Los Antojitos. “I just recently opened my food truck in December. … We’re always creating something new and can’t wait to share that at the festival.”

In addition to the assortment of flavors available, families can have some fun with a ribbon-cutting, live music, a photo booth and a kids zone. Kicking off the celebration will be 21 minutes of music by Selena to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the beloved Tejano singer’s death. Local live musicians will perform between the hot dog, taco and funnel cake eating contests.

“This (festival) is going to open a lot of opportunities,” Garcia said. “Our goal is to make Corpus Christi a fun destination for all families to enjoy.”

Five percent of festival proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House.

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What: Food Truck Festival

When: noon to midnight Saturday

Where: Intersection of Peoples and Chaparral Streets

Cost: Free; food prices vary


Fuel for the festival

The street food creations are certain to bring crowds of food truck lovers downtown. Here’s a taste of some of the vendors who will participate in this year’s inaugural festival.

Food truck: Los Antojitos

Owner: Elizabeth Carrillo-Gonzalez

Food style: Tex-Mex

Most popular dishes: Gorditas and corn in the cup

Food truck: Port of Flames

Owner: Moreno family

Food style: Barbeque

Most popular dishes: The Bomb (a chopped brisket stuffed and loaded potato), turkey legs

Food truck: Coastal Street Eats!

Owner: Ashley Parker

Food style: Coastal cuisine

Most popular dishes: Shrimp fajita tacos, South Philly cheesesteak

Food truck: Taquitos Mi Tierra

Owner: Inocencio Lugo Jr.

Food style: Mexican food

Most popular dishes: Tacos asada, tortas


Alice Wonderland Cafe

Bigger Burger

Bookoos All-Beef Hot Dogs

Carrie’s Italian Ice & Treats

Coastal Sol Food Truck

Coastal Street Eats!

Dazed & B’Qued

D’Lish Foods

Espetinhos Brazilian Style Food Truck

Fulton Kettle Corn

Green Light Coffee

Huerta Tamales

Iron Piñata

Island Ice Snow

Katy Snack Shack

Kona Ice

Laredo Taco Company

Leticia’s On Wheels

Los Antojitos

Marley’s Good Bites

Mesquite Street Pizza Bus

Mise En Place

Modern Alchemy Fusion Foods

Munchies Grub Bus

Port of Flames

R&B Funnel Cakes

Rainbow Snowball

Slingerz Food Truck

Snack Cafe

Taco Bar Street

Taquitos Mi Tierra

Texas Grub Wagon

The G-Spot

The MIX Grill

The Piggy Pot

Zoe’s Ribs