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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Duluth Food Truck Fridays - Duluth, Georgia

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What: Duluth Food Truck Fridays
When: Fridays, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.,
September 6th - October 25th   Extended to November 15th!!!!
Cost: Free Parking, Free Admission, Food Prices Vary 

Billed as a "community block party," this Historic Downtown Duluth, Ga. event runs every Friday from September 6th through October 25th and features a rotating line-up of Atlanta's best mobile eateries. Check out the event website for that week's food truck lineup as well as the entertainment planned for the day. In fact, Friday September 20th's line up was announced yesterday morning. There will be live music starting at 5:30 p.m. and a screening of Great Gatsby on the lawn planned for 8 o'clock.

I do have one piece of advice for you if you ever decide to check out Duluth Food Truck Fridays this fall: get there early! Let me re-iterate that: GET THERE EARLY!!!

That was probably the only regret the wife and I had when we went this past Friday for our first ever visit. I had geek-related errands and Brooke was working late. So, by the time we finally got there around 7:30 p.m., the lines were long and most of the food trucks had sold out of many of their best dishes. Parking wasn't too bad but the combination of event traffic and the tail end of Friday night rush hour was somewhat frustrating. At least parking was free!

But don't let all that deter you from getting your munch on at this family-friendly shindigBrooke and I learned about this event earlier that morning when one of the food trucks that Brooke stalks on Facebook, Ibiza Bites, posted that they would be making an appearance. We decided to check it out as a last minute date night idea and we were glad we did. We will definitely go again. It was well worth it. Heck! If we can manage it, we might even go each week that Food Truck Fridays is running. 

Last week we were treated to live music and stand up comedy and the food truck line up included:

We tried out Ibiza Bites and Pressed for Time. Both were delicious though we missed out on the more popular menu items. Here are a couple pictures to make your mouths water. If you do decide to go, maybe we'll see each other there. More pictures from our visit last week (and of future visits) are available for your food porn viewing pleasure on my Facebook page.

Ibiza Bites, the truck that drew us in.
Ibiza Bites' Coconut Fried Chicken
w/ Mango Slaw and Coconut Rice

View of the court yard from
the Pressed for Time line.
MIX'd UP & Freckled & Blue
in the back ground
Blackened Chicken w/ Raspberry
& NYC Rueben from Pressed For Time

If Duluth is too far of a drive you, other towns the Metro Area host their won food truck events. The city of Brookhaven holds their Brookhaven Food Truck Nights on Wednesdays from 5 p.m to 9 p.m. while the Buckhead community in Atlanta has a lunch time Food Truck Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There's even a Atlanta Food Truck Park and Market on Howell Mill Road who, according to their website, is trying to "rehabilitating an old hotel site that has been sitting vacant and is a key piece of property within the community."  There are plenty more; too many to list here. Some of these events are seasonal. The city of Suwanee's summer series of Food Truck Fridays ended on September 6th, just as Duluth's fall series began.

The Atlanta Street Food Coalition is a great resource if you are interested in following the burgeoning Atlanta food truck scene. Their website includes links to some of the Metro's best street food vendors as well as news and announcements especially about local laws and ordinances that affect where and when you can find these amazing mobile restaurants. They also have a how-to eBook to help you start your own street food business if you are so inclined.