Raleigh: Food Truck King This Thursday in City Plaza

By Jedidiah | New Raleigh

It looks like we are on a roll with our April Fools’ jokes this year. First, The Flaming Lips hope came true at Hopscotch 2011 and now the reality that City Plaza will become a food truck court, if only for one night.

This Thursday night, October 20th, The Raleigh Downtowner will host Food Truck King from 5-9:30pm in City Plaza. The event is free and will feature live music from national recording artists The Annuals and local garage rockers Jack the Radio. Oh and get this, guest singer Pam Saulsby, former news anchor from WRAL-TV5, will make an appearance on stage!

In between singing acts, guests will be entertained by an exciting show of fire dancers, circus performers, and hula hoopers. There’ll be plenty of PBR, PBR swag giveaways, and a food truck contest with 12 food trucks competing for the title of Food Truck King. The food truck competition will culminate with a huge custom metal crown created by local artist Matt McConnell being placed on top of the winning truck. There will also be several local breweries selling their beers during the event.

And afterwards, you can pop just a few blocks north to see a redheaded male beauty pagaent.

Hosted by Raleigh Downtowner Magazine and Hurricane PR, Food Truck King is a benefit for Meals on Wheels of Wake County, with 100% of net proceeds donated to this worthwhile non-profit organization. Food Truck King is free to attend but special VIP Tasty Tickets are available to just 250 attendees to sample tasty treats from ALL food trucks and includes two free beers and a chance to win part of $250 worth of gift certificates to local restaurants. One person of the 250 will be chosen to appear in a photo with the food truck king winner and their crown which will be published in the Around Town section of the following month’s Raleigh Downtowner Magazine. VIP sampling will run from 5 until a little after 6pm then everyone else will be able to purchase food from all the trucks at regular prices.

Regular admission without the food truck sampling is free, but you’ll need to grab a free ticket to attend. Get more info, regular and VIP tickets, and T-shirts at www.foodtruckking.com.

Come celebrate the arrival of food trucks in Raleigh as well as help to raise much-needed funds for Meals on Wheels of Wake County. Since 1974 Meals on Wheels has been providing nutritious meals to the homebound elderly and persons with disabilities in Wake County in an effort to improve health, reduce isolation, and prevent unnecessary institutionalization. Serving close to 1,300 meals daily to homes and nutrition centers, Meals on Wheels provides the frailest of our community’s citizens with a voice to achieve healthful independence.