Update February 5: The weather was fantastic and the food event better and the turnout great for Charleston's first Food Truck Festival.
First reporting: The Charleston food truck community is continuing to rally together and on February 4th the mobile food-dishing army will unite for a Food Truck Festival.
The trucks of different origin will be offering items ranging from roast duck Gumbo, local curried veggies, Chicago style beef, lemon pepper chicken wings, hot ham and Swiss, sweet cherry snoballs, chocolate and cheddar crepes, beer braised BBQ, grilled tuna tacos, huge Belgium waffles, meatball parm, spicy mac n' cheese, to blueberry glazed doughnuts.
And they'll all be up for grabs in the heart of downtown Charleston at Marion Square on Saturday, February 4, from 12 to 6 p.m.
In the words of the even promoters, the event will feature "the local food trucks you have come to know and love, but will also highlight a local vendor section for mingling during the festival. With the feel of an off-season Farmer's Market, some of the creative participants include Tucker's Treats selling goodies for your pup, The Sustainable Warehouse showing off some of their recycled and refurbished furniture, Crop Up answering your questions and helping you design your new garden, as well as a handful of local farmers, jewelry designers, and your favorite Charleston artists."
There will also be live music with stage performances by Vini Youngblood (Folly famous jam and funk), Nathan Steven & Hector Salazar (tribal roots duo), Old You (female driven rock n' roll), Robert Word (acoustic and classic guitar) Butter Toast (reggae rock and groove).
Kids activities include the ever popular jump castle, face painting, a balloon artist and a "Kid's Corner" sponsored by Sweet Pea Nanny Agency. A coffee bar will be sponsored by LOCAL coffee shop to keep you alert all day with a plethora of caffeinated beverages, hot and cold.
LOCAL will also sponsor the official after-party from 7pm to midnight with a "Naked Fish" art show and wine reception. Their address is 1331 Ashley River Road. Just look for the coffee truck!
What can you expect to gobble up at the Food Truck Festival?
Here are some sample menus:
Tokyo Crepes: Cuban - smoked pulled pork, crispy Romaine lettuce, chopped pickles, melted American-Swiss cheese with spicy brown mustard, Sriracha and Mojo citrus dressing.
Dream - choice of fruit (strawberry, banana, apple or mixed berries), chocolate syrup, home made custard pudding, and whipped cream.
Hello My Name is BBQ: The Boss Hog - pile of Holy City beer braised BBQ on a huge brioche roll topped with bbq'd bacon, grilled jalapenos, cole slaw, and tomato.
Bacon Tacos - corn tortilla loaded with BBQ'd bacon, pimento cheese, jalapenos, pickled onions, diced tomato, and cole slaw.
The Magic Cheese Truck: Ham & Swiss Delight - chopped ham and grated Swiss cheese, mixed with onion, Dijon mustard, poppy seeds and butter.
Buffalo Chicken - spicy blend of chopped grilled chicken, blue cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese and Frank's Hot Sauce.
Happy Camper Snoballs: Traditional New Orleans style Snoballs - the lightest, fluffiest shaved ice you have ever tasted.
Sweet adventures for the day will include: Blue Razzle Dazzle Berry, Sweet Valentine, Mama's Sweet Tea, Colada Pinata.
Pot Kettle Black: Cheddar Bacon Beer Bisque - Fat Tire Ale, sharp cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, with soft pretzel bites.
Waffle Cone Cannoli - Basil Ricotta Cream and Pralined Pistachios.
Roti Rolls: Thurman Murman - Korean braised Mibek Farms beef neck, Creole mac n' cheese with house made kimchi.
Funky Farmer - Curried local Joseph Fields sweet potatoes, carrots, mustard greens, arugula & organic kiwi chutney.
Taco Boy: Nachos - Cowboy beans, Monterey Jack cheese, chile con queso, salsa cruda, guacamole and crema.
Spiced Ahi tuna taco - Southwest seared Ahi tuna with chipotle slaw and cilantro on a soft flour tortilla.
Geechee Island: Phat Up Chicken Sammich - squash, zucchini, mushrooms, grilled chicken in a sweet n' savory sauce on a soft hoagie roll.
Salmon Ball Sammich - salmon rolled in panko, deep fried with crisp lettuce, tomato, and drizzled with Geechee Island sauce.
Strada Cucina: Chicken Cutlet Sandwich - breaded chicken breast, proscuitto, provolone, heirloom tomato, baby arugula, pesto & balsamic vinaigrette on Normandy Farms baguette.
Porchetta: sage, rosemary, garlic & thyme rubbed pork shoulder, slow roasted, topped with provolone & sauteed broccoli rabe on Normandy Farms ciabatta.
Carolina Creole: Cajun Shrimp Po'Boy - Cajun battered shrimp on French bread with lettuce, tomato and Cajun remoulade.
Creole Jambalaya - shrimp, chicken & Andouille sausage in Creole sauce over Jasmine rice.
Diggity Doughnuts: Small batch, whole grain, egg and dairy free cake doughnuts.
Assorted toppings - cinnamon & sugar, vanilla bean, chocolate & cherry, lemonade, peanut butter & Sriracha, blueberry basil, salt & pepper.
The event is dog friendly and is planned to occur annually.