By Denise Neil | The Wichita Eagle
Some people can’t make a food truck rally that always happens on a Sunday afternoon, said Lisa Palacios, the owner of Wichita food truck Funky Monkey Munchies.
So Palacios and her husband, Eddi, decided to start another food truck rally at the same location as Food Trucks at the Fountain. But they’re making theirs an evening event.
The first of what the Palacios hope will become monthly “Night at the Fountains” rally is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Sept. 18, at the same place where Food Trucks at the Fountain happens on the last Sunday of each month – the Wichita WaterWalk at 515 S. Main.
The rally will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and will gather 10 Wichita food trucks. Palacios plans to put on another evening rally in October then resume them next year. They’ll likely be either a first Friday or first Saturday of the month event, she said. They also may try to get an adult beverage truck set up at next year’s events.
Local food trucks love rallies because they’re always busier, Palacios said. They tend to draw a crowd, and there’s enough business for everyone. A new monthly west side rally just happened last week. Organized by cupcake truck The Brownbox Bakery, it drew a big crowd to 21st and Ridge, and organizers already have chosen Sept. 11 and Oct. 16 for their next westide rallies.
“It’s kind of like everybody goes to the theater to see a different movie,” Palacios said. “It’s an event. You know who’s going to be there.”
Who’s going to be there on Sept. 18? Many of the rally regulars, including Big Chill Ice Cream, Brickhouse BBQ, B.S. Sandwich Press, Funky Monkey Munchies, Hopperoni Espress, Kona Ice, Let’m Eat Brats, Lynn’s Curbside Cookout, The Flying Stove and The Kamayan Truck. Retail fashion truck Cricket Alley also will be there.
Organizers also have hired cover band, Edge of Grace, and some Wichita belly dancers also will perform.