Good weather looks like it's here to stay, which means that food-truck season is revving up.
Boulder is finally getting in on the action with "TRUCK IT!", the town's first truck party, set for June 8.
"I was approached by the Crock Spot," explains Shannon Aten, owner of the Tasterie Truck and one of the event's organizers. "They asked, 'Have you guys ever thought about doing a food truck party in Boulder?' Denver's been a little more involved in organizing this stuff, because we didn't really know how to do it. But this is our veteran year, so we decided to go for it."
So Aten joined with Daniels and Birks to rally the troops and look for a location. "We tried to do something at the Farmers' Market, but we called downtown and they said no," Aten says. That's because under city ordinances, two trucks can't park next to each other within city limits. So they started looking outside the city, and found Gateway Park in north Boulder, which is on private property. "So we said, 'Let's try to make it happen,'" Aten recalls.
And happening it is. Nine trucks have signed on, and all but the Crock Spot are Boulder County-based: The Tasterie Truck, Heirloom, RollinGreens, Comida, Verde Food Truck, Top of the Hill Grill West, Street Eats and Blackbelly Catering will be dishing out food, while Avery and Upslope are set up to pour beer. And DJ Zach Johnson - the same DJ who's providing entertainment at Rayme Rossello's hip-hop brunches at Comida Cantina in Longmont - will be spinning beats.
"It'll be really family friendly," says Aten. "Kids can run around and parents can drink beer. And we're partnering with Parenting Place, a family-oriented non-profit, too."
"It's something we'd like to do on a regular basis," says Rossello, who also owns the Comida truck. "We're going to try it out and see how it works."
And Aten has even bigger dreams. "We're talking about trying to organize the biggest food truck party ever - like for the Guinness Book of World Records -- in the fall," she explains. "This is our pilot now that I know it's doable."
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More details about the party available on the group's Facebook page.
In Denver, mobile vendors are already out in force and the calendar is filling with parties, including one organized by Stephen Daniels and Mandy Birks, owners of the Crock Spot, who're joining forces with Jake Gandolfo, a contestant on season one of Gordon Ramsay's MasterChef, to host a food-truck blowout on April 29 in the parking lot of Mile High Spirits.
The Justice League of Street Vendors is looking at five parties this year, with the first slated for May 19.
A version of this story originally appeared in Cafe Bites, our weekly newsletter devoted to Denver's food and drink scene, which arrives in e-mail boxes every Wednesday afternoon. Find out how to subscribe here.