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Food Trucks Roll into Winston-Salem

King Creole food truck

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 Truckfood truck sandwich

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

Ice Queen ParlorThe 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

West Bend Vineyards Food TruckThe 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

JoaquinTacoTruckForno 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

Burke Street Food Truck FestivalThe 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 Dream CakesStreet 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.

Cakes in a Cup food truckThe 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.

Find another great food truck? Let us know!

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About Kristi Marion

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"
  • Chris

    Hey, great article. Can food trucks park on the streets in downtown Winston-Salem? We NEED some to stop in for lunch near the corner of Main & 3rd St on weekdays. – Chris

    • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

      Hi Chris,
      We are not sure but it is likely that the Burke Street Food Truck Festival organizers can help answer your questions. If you go to their Facebook page, (https://www.facebook.com/BurkeStreetFest ) and send them a message, we feel certain they would be happy to help!

      Good luck and keep us posted if any new trucks/routes get added so we can keep everyone updated!

  • Bob

    I am potentially coordinating a Food Truck event for my company and researching available Food Trucks in the Winston-Salem area. I am still somewhat new to the area. I am interested in trucks that are preferred, those to avoid, etc. As you may know, there doesn’t appear to be one location for this information or even contact details (a shame). I thought you may have some advice or suggestions?

    • Kristi_Marion

      Hi Bob!

      In the article I mention the Burke Street Food Truck Festival. If you go to their Facebook page, (https://www.facebook.com/BurkeStreetFest) they list many of their food truck vendors and even hot link their names to their Facebook pages, where you can grab their contact info. There are a few here in Winston-Salem, like Camel City Grill (https://www.facebook.com/camelcitygrill?directed_target_id=0) but others often come to Winston-Salem from Greensboro, Burlington and even Durham.

      I hope that helps! Good luck on your event!

      • Bob

        Thank you, I will check that out, our work blocks Facebook, but I am sure I can try from a different location.

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

    QUESTION FROM A READER, BOB:
    I am potentially coordinating a Food Truck event for my company and researching available Food Trucks in the Winston-Salem area. I am still somewhat new to the area. I am interested in trucks that are preferred, those to avoid, etc. As you may know, there doesn’t appear to be one location for this information or even contact details (a shame). I thought you may have some advice or suggestions? – Bob

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

    Thank you for the quick response. I am potentially coordinating a Food Truck event for my company and researching available Food Trucks in the Winston-Salem area. I am still somewhat new to the area (how I was “voluntold” to coordinate this, I will never know). I am interested in trucks that are preferred, those to avoid, etc. As you may know, there doesn’t appear to be one location for this information or even contact details (a shame). I thought you may have some advice or suggestions?

  • http://wsfb.posterous.com/joaquins-curbside-cuisine Ryan

    Thanks for the recommendation. Checked Joaquin's out today at the Old Salem Farmers Market and it was great.

    -Ryan

  • My Winston-Salem

    Hey Ryan,

    Great write up on your blog about Juaquins – we agree that it is tremendously tasty! Would you mind mentioning in your post that you learned about the food truck from our site? Good to support one another in our efforts to share the Winston-Salem love to our local readers!

    Take care and keep up the great info sharing.

  • Kristi

    So glad you read about it here and liked it, Ryan! 

    We follow Joaquin's Curb Cuisine on Facebook and Twitter to track them down at least once a week!