Few things will slow my roll like a food truck. Just seeing one driving along the Interstate to its lunchtime destination makes me wonder who will be the lucky beneficiary of the yummy chow about to be served. I don’t discriminate—truck, car, airstream, hot dog cart—whatever mobile method, I’m happy to sample. The only thing better than finding a food truck by accident is to one day find a truck in the parking lot at my office (which btw, boasts nice traffic counts and convenience along I-35 in Merriam). I will not eat leftovers on this day—whenever it may be.
Food trucks are a booming business and numbers indicate that people like the idea of eating from these rolling restaurants. According to the National Restaurant Association, food trucks generate $650 million in annual revenue and Intuit projects this industry to hit $27 billion by 2017. Food fad? I think not—and, coastal cities are not the only destinations grabbing the fork by the tines. One metro area search on Yelp will prove that this “trend” is likely here to stay. And, of course, there’s a free app for that…it’s called Truckily and you should totally download it. If you use that app a lot, perhaps you should also download a gym finder app–just a suggestion.
Food truck fanatics enjoy noshing on fresh ingredients, discovering the city, connecting with other foodies and supporting local business owners who are clearly passionate about what they do. From funnel cakes to fish tacos, cupcakes to coneys, gyros to gourmet coffees, there’s always a reservation open for you—and part of the fun is following your favorites to see where they’ll turn up each week.
Luckily for you (and me….and, lots of other people who need to eat—this Sunday in particular), Merriam Marketplace will host the 2013 Cowtown Throwdown on Sunday, September 22 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. 12 area food trucks from both sides of the State Line will be competing to see who will become the “border war champ”. Wear your stretchy pants and bring a hearty appetite so you too can say, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.” No cost to attend, you only pay for what you order and eat! Sunday dinner just went mobile—hope to see you there!
Plan it: Cowtown Throwdown – KS/MO food truck border war – Sunday, September 22 from 5;00-9:00 p.m. at Merriam Marketplace, 5740 Merriam Drive.
Like it: Food Truck Border War
App it: Truckily
Bonus: Proceeds from this event will benefit Merriam’s Flags 4 Freedom event!