Food Trucks Have Arrived
Perhaps it's the Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race, paired with childhood memories of the sound of the ice cream truck that has spurred the growing interest in food trucks nationwide. Whatever the reason, I'm thrilled the trend is growing here in Winston-Salem.
New: Camel City Food Truck
The latest addition to the food truck scene in Winston-Salem is Camel City Food Truck, which made its debut at the Burke Street Food Truck Festival in April 2013.
Their menu boasts interesting angus beef burgers and sandwiches, including their bleu cheese bacon burger and spicy chipotle pimento cheese BLT.
Find them set up around town at locations like Krankies Coffee, Old Winston Social Club and near the Dash games. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out their daily location.
Wood-Fired Pizza & Taco Trucks
Forno Moto, a wood-fired pizza truck specializing in neapolitan-style pizza, was recently voted Best Food Truck in Winston-Salem by Smitty's Notes Fans. Their Margherita pizza was a huge hit at Rock the Block Downtown. Keep an eye out for Forno Moto at special events around town and their brick-and-mortar location now under construction on Trade Street downtown.
We've also heard great things about Lonchera El Zapopan taco truck from a friend who loves their steak tacos with fresh radishes, cilantro and green salsa. Find them at Cooks Flea Market and late night at Disco Rodeo bar on Waughtown St.
Urban Street Grill (korean bbq truck), though from Greensboro, frequents Winston-Salem as well.
Burke Street Food Truck Festival
The inaugural Burke Street Food Truck Festival, held April 20, 2013, was a huge success! Reports estimate that about 4,000 people came to Burke Street for food, beverage and shopping. The Festival included 13 food trucks from around the Piedmont and brought amazing food that included creole dishes, tacos, crepes, burgers, noodles, barbeque, cupcakes, and ice cream.
People were walking the streets of Burke Street eating delicious food from the Food Trucks and Burke Street Pizza and enjoying beverages from Old Winston Social Club, Burke Street Pub, and Gatsby’s. Burke Street businesses enjoyed a surge of foot traffic and sales as a result of the festival as people wandered up and down Burke Street visiting shops and making purchases!
The event was sponsored by Old Winston Social Club, and was organized by three citizens, Susan Morris, Reggie Delahanty and Bethany Davoll. The trio simply loves food trucks, and they wanted to bring some notoriety to the Burke Street businesses. A raffle at the event also highlighted other downtown events; raffle winners received tickets to the Winston-Salem Dash game and RiverRun International Film Festival.
The lines for the food trucks were long, but a beautiful day allowed for socializing with friends and neighbors. No dates have yet been set for a second Burke Street Food Truck Festival, but the community response and excitement surrounding the event have made organizers consider another event on Burke Street, possibly in the fall.
Find another great food truck? Let us know!