Emerald Isle, NC: Emerald Isle Tests Out Food Trucks with First-Ever Rodeo

By Amanda Wilcox  |  Time Warner Cable News


Food trucks crossed the bridge on to Emerald Isle for the first time on Saturday.

This weekend town leaders are testing out how food trucks could operate on the island with their first-ever Food Truck Rodeo.

This comes after nearby beach town Atlantic Beach amended their ordinance to allow a limited number of food trucks to operate on the beach in the summer time.

On Saturday, two sweet trucks, Lumpy’s Ice Cream out of Wake Forest and Carteret County operated Kona Ice, and two savory trucks, Forkful out of Jacksonville and Lil’ Johnny’s Crab Shack out of Morehead City, parked outside the Holiday Trav-L-Park Resort in Emerald Isle.

“Who doesn’t want to be in Emerald Isle? It’s a beautiful place, beautiful beach,” said Buck Buchanan, owner of Lumpy’s Ice Cream.

Buchanan said he was eager to make the trip down from Wake Forest and get his all-natural ice cream into beach goer’s hands.

“Some restaurant owners think it’s gonna detract, but what it’s gonna do, it’s gonna bring more down here to the beach,” Buchanan said.

Tourist Michael Enos, who was visiting from his home in Winston Salem, was one of the people the food trucks managed to attract.

“I love it,” Enos said. “It’s a great environment. I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s fun. It’s hot. But you got ice cream, so it’s perfect.”

Between Enos, and all the other people waiting for a bite of something new, it seemed the first-ever food truck rodeo on Emerald Isle was quite a success.

“More food trucks,” Enos said. “More food trucks, more options. Better turnout. I mean, we love it. More people would come if there was more food trucks.”