By Stephen Pistone | NJ.com
Last September, the first-ever Sea Isle City Food Truck Festival was a roaring success, flooding the grounds of Kix McNutley’s with “foodies” from all over the tri-state area.
It was so successful, event organizers have decided to create a second food truck event: the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally, which will run from Friday, June 26 to Sunday, June 28 at 63rd and Landis Avenue.
The original Food Truck Festival will be held in the same location from Friday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 13.
Despite the great turnout last September, event coordinator Liz Hargett is expecting even bigger things for Friday’s food truck rally, which will feature 18 food truck vendors from all over, including Sum Pig, Cha-Yen, Vito’s Hot Dogs, Eat-A-Pita, Philly Fry, Five Sisters Catering, PBandU, and many more.
“These aren’t your typical grease trucks. There’s a lot of selection and the offerings are all different,” said Hargett.
The vendors won’t be limited to food either. Friday’s food truck rally will feature several vendors specializing in craft beers and cocktails, more than there were in last year’s festival.
One vendor, Five Sisters’ Catering, will even combine the two with their alcohol-infused pub burgers and barbeque food.
Some of the items on Five Sisters’ menu include a whiskey-glazed burger with a bourbon barbeque sauce as well as pulled pork that is smoked for 16 hours, available with a moonshine barbeque sauce.
“With barbeque, you can really taste the difference. It’s authentic, southern barbeque. It’s a little bit different than a commercial smoker that you find in a kitchen in a restaurant,” said George Miller, husband of Five Sisters’ Catering founder Elizabeth Miller.
The Millers will be attending their second Sea Isle City food truck event on Friday. This year, they’ll be adding a second truck with Shore Craperie, a Japanese stuffed crepes food truck operated by a few of the Millers’ five daughters (hence the name Five Daughters’ Catering).
Also attending Sea Isle’s inaugural food truck rally is Vito Casale, owner of the Vito’s Hot Dogs food truck.
Casale’s inspiration came from growing up in Harrison Township, where people would often visit Sabrett hot dog wagons for a quick bite to eat.
Casale decided to take those same Sabrett hot dogs—which are often referred to as “dirty water hot dogs”—and loads them up with homemade, always fresh toppings. Casale refuses to serve non-fresh toppings, which is a big reason for his success with the food truck.
“I believe in freshness. I don’t serve canned stuffed; I won’t serve canned stuff,” said Casale. “When you eat at my truck, you’re going to taste a difference because of my passion for food. I want to serve every customer like I would serve my friend.”
Besides plenty of food like Casale’s hot dogs and the Millers’ burgers and crepes, the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally will feature live acoustic music during the day, live music from local “party” bands like The Chatterband at night, as well as activities like Quizzo trivia and karaoke. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information regarding the Sea Isle City Food Truck Rally, visit www.seaislecityfood.com.