By Contributor | TheDailyCity.com
After 134 events in 2012, The Food Truck Bazaar (About, Twitter, Facebook) enters its THIRD year in existence with three towns on its itinerary for this weekend: Kissimmee, Sanford and Orange City. Check thefull schedule to see when the event is popping into your neck of the woods.
- FRIDAY JANUARY 4 | 6PM – 9PM | KISSIMMEE | Kissimmee Civic Center, 201 E. Dakin Ave: Cafe Cocoa Mo, 5Gastronomy, Bem Bom, Big Wheel, Fork in the Road, Crepe Co, Twisted Cuban, C&S, Korean BBQ Box, Mayan Grill, Melissa’s Chicken and Waffles, Tastebuds, Treasure Island, Charlie’s Bakery, The Batter Bowl, Yum Yum Cupcake, Sit & Stay Pet Cafe
- SATURDAY JANUARY 5 | 6PM – 9PM | SANFORD | Downtown Sanford, Palmetto Ave at Seminole Blvd: Beard Poppa, Coffee Urge, Cafe Rouge, The Crepe Company, Twisted Cuban, Bollywood BBQ, La Empanada, Saigon Sizzle, The Treehouse Truck, Uber Good, Waco Taco, Carobama BBQ, Dimple Delights, Yum Yum Cupcake, Sit & Stay Pet Cafe
- SUNDAY JANUARY 6 | 6PM – 9PM | ORANGE CITY | KMart Plaza, 810 Saxon Blvd: Cafe Rouge, Fork in the Road, Crepe Co, Twisted Cuban, C&S Briset Bus, Mayan Grill, MiCasita, Monsta Lobsta, Mr Fed’s, Saigon Sizzle, Swede Dish, Up In Smoke BBQ, Dimple Delights, Ice Cream Social, Yum Yum Cupcake Truck, Cafe Cocoa Mo
- The Food Truck Bazaar…
- Brings 500 to 1,000 people (aka major foot traffic!) to local shops and restaurants
- Gives locals a reason to gather and commune around food
- Introduces the gourmet mobile food truck industry and the Orlando food truck scene
- Think tailgating: bring your own chairs + tables + tents
- Expect long lines.
- Some trucks will run out of food.
- Expect loud generators on most trucks.
- Most trucks take credit cards.
- Schedule of Towns and Dates
- Facebook Fan Page
- Twitter Account
- Facebook Group (Private)
- Guide to Food Trucks in Orlando
- Become a Sponsor
- The Orlando Business Journal named Mark Baratelli (About | Facebook) a 2012 40 Under 40 award recipient and the Orlando Weekly said “If everyone in Orlando who claims to care about the arts had 1 percent of (Mark) Baratelli’s energy and commitment, this city would be a world culture capital.” That same newspaper named him 2012 + 2011 Best Local Advocate and 2010 Best Arts Advocate. He created and Produced Orlando Improv Festival, Audience Choice Awards and Mobile Art Show. His event The Food Truck Bazaar won 2012 Best Local Food Event from Edible Orlando Magazine (2nd), 2012 Best Monthly Event from YELP Orlando, earned him a 2012 BizBash Best Event Producer nomination and earned him the title of “The Pied Piper of Food Trucks” from the Orlando Business Journal.
- TheDailyCity.com’s Mark Baratelli has been a proponent of food trucks since 2009 when he created Taco Truck Taste Test, a monthly food truck meet-up and TheDailyCity.com Mobile Art Show, a monthly art show in a moving van. In 2010, we blogged about Hell’s Kitchen Food Truck Bazaar and suggested someone bring the idea to Orlando. No one did. In January 2011, the owner of Red Eye BBQ food truck suggested he try an event like the ones happening in Miami. Mark combined the two ideas, made an official announcement February 2, 2011 and watched it come to life March 29, 2011.