YYC Food Trucks Anniversary
First off we’d like to congratulate the Food Trucks in Calgary on their one year anniversary since the launch of Food Trucks in Calgary. What an amazing year it has been with the growth and the ideas that have been rolling out throughout the city. I’ve heard there will be 40 plus food trucks in Calgary by the end of the year. Wow, I wish them all the best, I’m doing my best to support them but I may bust out of my pants sooner or later.
On Friday, Aug 10, 2012, YYC Food Trucks, led by James Boettcher (mastermind behind Fiasco Gelato) and Brittany Back (the brains behind the whole operation) hosted this informal gathering down on the river walk in East Village. There were 18-19 trucks participating that day and crowds of thousands. I remember one year ago I was one of the first persons down at the launch of the Food Trucks on Stephen Ave, not even half an hour and the place was jammed packed. This year, it was no different, I was first down, but in no time, line ups at each truck were 50 to a 100 plus deep in people.
Today Fuzzy and I went down for food we have not had a chance to try. Our goals were high but I think we met or exceeded them. First up we had to try Cheezy Bizness, I just had to eat here, I ate at Gorilla Cheese in Ontario and it was outstanding, so I couldn’t wait to see what they had to offer. We went with the Home on the Range $9.50 (In truck made Silver Sage Roast Beef, Gruyere, Cheddar, Horseradish Mayo, Red Onion) and the Kimchikaze $9.50 (In truck made Pastrami, Gruyere, Kimchi, Sriracha Mayo), then we split them so we could try both. Both were different and very good. The Kimchikaze out edged the Home on the Range for me but both were delish and delightful. The pastrami was melt in your mouth, the cheese was melted just perfect and the Sriracha Mayo gave it that perfect tanginess. The prices seem a bit high but once you sink your teeth into these sandwiches you’ll forget all about it.
Next up is from one of my favourite places to eat, The Blues Can, they recently rolled out with a new Food Truck called the Blues Mobile, where they specialize in their Po’ Boys, Frog Legs, and a bunch of other things. The one and only thing I needed was the Cat Fish Po’ Boy with Coleslaw. This cat fish is outstanding, you have to try it, the cajun spices are on point and fish is juicy and tender. I just love this place.
Next we have the small 4 oz Prime Rib Sandwich from The Steakout Truck. We have reviewed this truck before in a previous post, how great is this sandwich, beautiful bun, a slab of prime rib, onions and this time a Fried Egg! Now that’s the ticket, fried egg!!!
Ok we’re getting full at this point but not stopping here. We stroll on over to The Food Fighter who’s making Parmigiano Sandwiches and spitting out Tribe Called Quest rhymes. This truck is fun, friendly and the food is to die for. They have a Veal and Chicken Parm Sandwich for $8.50 and an Eggplant Parm Sandwich for $7.50. Today we try the Veal Parm, this may be one of my newest favourite sandwiches around. We had ours straight up with sauce and cheese. First he grills the bread lightly, dips the veal in the sauce, puts it on the bun, cheese and serves it up. Veal was tender, juicy, hot and made me want more.
By now the line ups were 100 people deep everywhere so we decided to head out or did we…well we were standing over by the Fries n Dolls truck and I was dying to try their new feature “Ivy” Prosciutto, Applewood Smoked Cheddar, Truffle Oil and Honey but I didn’t really want to wait in the line up, but all of a sudden “BAM” a doll taps us on the shoulder and says “Special Delivery” Whoo Hoo!!! Thanks Dolls, sorry people in the line up. This is one serious fry, it was so good, subtle sweetness from the honey, saltiness from the prosciutto and the hint of smokiness, this is my new fav Dolls, please keep this one around!
I needed something to wash this all down, Fuzzy finished off with some delicious chocolate flake Fiasco Gelato and I had their Lemonade with raspberries, just a perfect way to end the day!
Thanks again for YYC Food Trucks for putting on a perfect event on a perfect day, congratulations and can’t wait to keep trying more and more. YYC’s Best Eats and YYC Food Trucks will hopefully be able to put together a food truck day soon, if I can quit procrastinating.
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