18 food trucks; a full day of live music; tons of Oskar Blues beer; camping under the stars: What more could a human ask for‽
Want to know where to get your food truck fix? I know, I know - with over 20 food trucks to choose from this weekend, its hard to know where to go for the best mobile food with the widest variety! Have no fear; I'm going to point you in the right direction!
After a hard week of work, you should start off your weekend by checking out Food Truck Fridays at Reynolds Village. There will be at least four awesome food trucks there with glorious beer from Thirsty Monk to wash it all down! Root Down, Bom Bus, Appalachian Smoke BBQ, and Taste & See are all scheduled to be there to fill your bellies.
The weather is going to be perfect, so come out and support your local food trucks while sampling some of Asheville's finest. I'll be there with some snazzy AshevilleFoodTrucks.com stickers. If you ask me, I'll give you one! (Hint: I like Duff's beer)
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to attend Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp which also served as a grand opening for their new state-of-the-art brewery located in Mills River, NC. The event was AMAZING! With over 100 breweries, 15 food trucks, and 5,000 fellow beer lovers - it was a little slice of heaven. It was EASILY the best beer festival I've ever been to!
I took two food breaks to try to soak up some of the tons of delicious beer that I was pouring down my gullet. First up was a food truck that was visiting from Decatur, GA - The Mobile Marlay, which specializes in fish 'n' chips. The line was long, but the service was quick. I ordered a Cod sandwich which came with french fries. The sandwich had tarter sauce and cheddar cheese. It was HOT and amazing! The fish was perfectly fried and crispy. The fries were pretty awesome, too! I wish I had come back to try the shrimp or lobster tacos. I will definitely have to look them up next time I am near Atlanta!
Next up was a pork hoagie from Pho Ya Belly. They were also very quick. I think the guy behind me was mad because I purchased the last one! All of the food trucks sold out of most of their food near the end of the day. The hoagie was SPICY - just the way I like it! Pork, topped with pickled veggies, and a creamy sauce; all tucked inside a crispy, yet chewy hoagie roll. Wondrous!
I also had the pleasure of running into the Godfather of Highland Brewing Company - Oscar Wong. I said, "Oscar, I just want to thank you for starting ALL of this." To which he responded, "It turned out pretty well, didn't it?" Yes it did ... yes it did...
This last Saturday night, my friends and I decided to do the "South Slope Shuffle" - a tour of the great breweries located in the area of Beer City known as the South Slope. For those of you that are not familiar with The Slope, it is the quickly growing area along Coxe Avenue between downtown and the Asheville Tourists Stadium.
This booming area includes such great emerging institutions as Ben's Tune-Up, and the Asheville, Burial, Twin Leaf, Hi-Wire, and Green Man breweries. After grabbing some yummy apps at Ben's, we hoofed it down to Burial for a quick pint before they closed at 8pm (?!?!?). We then crossed the street to Green Man to meet up with some more shufflers, get another pint, and grab a bite from the Melt Your Heart food truck. After cutting through a construction site, we enjoyed some Twin Leaf suds. Last, but not least, we ended up at Hi-Wire to try to get a pint of Green Tea IPA. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes to get in (this joint was hoppin'!), we were disappointed to find out that they were sold out of the beer that had been trending on Twitter all night.
A great night was had by all. The South Slope Shuffle is a great way to sample a wide variety of beer from some of Asheville's finest, while getting in a little bit of exercise in the process!