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, a bunch of friends and I went to Highland Brewing Company's 20th Anniversary Party. The rain did not keep away the crowds - unfortunately, it may have kept people away from the awesome food trucks that were located out by the meadow. Avery's Hot Dogs, CiCi's Culinary Tour, Mama Dukes Wood Fired Oven, and Doc Brown's BBQ were fighting the good fight against hunger.
Since my stomach can only hold so much beer and food, I was only able to try two treats. From Avery's, I had a chili, pimento cheese, and jalapeño relish hot dog. It was AWESOME! I love these guys! With so many toppings to choose from, you will never get tired of these great dogs.
From Mama Dukes Wood Fired Oven, I devoured a sausage and roasted red pepper pizza. I've had a LOT of pizza in my day, so you can trust me when I say; this is some of the best crust that I have ever had. No - seriously! The top three pizza crusts that I've tried are from Barley's, Mellow Mushroom, and Mama Dukes - I'm just not sure what order they are in.
There was also some great live music at the party. For those of you that know me; you know that I am a child of the 80s (the greatest decade EVER), so I thought Love Canon was amazing! If you've never heard of them; they are a bluegrass band from Charlottesville that play 80's hits. If you missed them, they announced that they will be playing at the White Squirrel Festival in Brevard later in the summer. You MUST check them out! While you are at it, you can visit Oskar Blues and Brevard Brewing Company.