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 additions to the food truck scene in Winston-Salem are Bodacious Burgers and 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 SocialClub and near the Dash games. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out their daily location.
The Ice Queen Parlor Ice Cream Truck
The Ice Queen is a mobile ice cream parlor from Greensboro that frequents Winston-Salem events. Choose from classics like the Rocket Pop or a cone of one of eight flavors of Edy’s ice creams, but we recommend her ice cream sandwiches. Pictured here is The Elvis: banana pudding ice cream and Reese’s peanut butter ice cream between two chocolate chip cookies!
The Vineyards Mobile Food Truck from West Bend Vineyards
The Vineyards mobile food truck is another that’s brand new on the scene. Currently, it serves food at West Bend Vineyards and Winery on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Sundays from noon to 5PM, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 8PM. We’re hoping it will soon venture off the grounds to downtown and other Winston-Salem events!
Wood-Fired Pizza & Taco Food 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. You can also visit their newly added brick and mortar location at Mission Pizza on Trade Street (shares a parking lot with Mary’s Gourmet Diner).
Bandito Burrito out of Greensboro is a frequent visitor of Winston-Salem and we love their chicken tacos, Korean barbecue burritos and nachos. 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. King Creole Louisiana Food Truck from Burlington and Urban Street Grill (Korean bbq truck), from Greensboro, frequent Winston-Salem as well.
Burke Street Food Truck Festival
The inaugural Burke Street Food Truck Festival in April of 2013 was such a success, that it seems to be a once every 6 months or so event now!! The most recent Burke Street Food Truck Festival was back and bigger than ever on Saturday, April 12, 2014.
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, barbecue, 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.
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.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 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.
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