Flagstaff Foodies who have waited years for an event that would flex Northern Arizona’s portable food vendor muscle need wait no more.
The city’s first ever Flagstaff Food Truck Festival rolls into town Saturday, Aug. 26, bringing along a plethora of vendors ready to fill your stomach with every type of food from tacos to Korean BBQ.
The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Flagstaff City Hall parking lot, located at 211 W. Aspen Ave., and will feature 20 different food trucks.
The event is being organized by Flagstaff Parks and Recreation.
“We have vendors asking for a food truck festival every year and we have always loved the idea,” Community Events Coordinator Claire Harper said. “This year we decided why not put something on? Food trucks are gaining momentum and this seemed like the perfect year to do it.”
The festival is free to attend, but vendors will charge for food items. However, the event organizers have asked that each vendor have a $5 sample so patrons can affordably sample multiple items from multiple vendors.
Flagstaff food truck 3’s in the Trees will be joining the festivities and they will be sampling their signature item: “That’s not cauliflower” tacos. It's a favorite item for both herbivores and carnivores alike.
“Our cauliflower tacos are a unique item and even the meat-eaters are surprised by how much they like them,” 3’s in the Trees co-owner Rusty Montoya said. “So we are really excited to use them as our sample option.”
Portable coffee shop Wheelys Café Flagstaff is bringing a unique take on portable food vending, since they are the only portable coffee bike making their way to the festival. The coffee shop will be serving up signature recipes such as their rose vanilla latte.
Shop co-owner Michael Williamson said he was just excited to share some coffee with the public.
“It is the first annual food truck festival and I think we just want people to taste our coffee,” Williamson said. “We make everything from scratch and we are also one of the only bike vendors in town, so people should come check us out.”
Harper said the event will feature 12 local food trucks and eight trucks from Phoenix and Tucson.
3's in the Trees co-owner Augie Herring said he was excited to compete with other vendors across the state and chat with other people about the industry.
“It is exciting that all of us get to do what we love at this festival,” Herring said. “I am all for the competition from the vendors in Phoenix and Tucson. I hope I get to try some of their food, but I probably won’t have the time.”
The festival will also feature a family station sponsored by the Flagstaff Mom Blog. The station will have a family lounge complete with a coloring table, bubbles and temporary tattoos.
Parks and Recreation is expecting 4,000 people to attend the event based on Facebook interest.