Raleigh, N.C. — Happy New Year food truck fans! Last couple weeks have been quiet, as everyone has spent time with their family and toasting 2015 away. Here’s what’s new on the scene:
Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo releasing 2016 VIP wristbands
Ever wanted to be first in line for your favorite food trucks? The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now.
KoKyu Na’Mean announced expanded hours
The popular food truck’s sandwich shop is expanding its hours. The shop, which is located in south Durham, is expanding its hours to 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Monday and Tuesday the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cousins at White Street Brewing
On Tuesday, Cousins Maine Lobster will be a White Street Brewing starting at 5pm. This time is a little more special, as Shark Tank is airing an update during their 9pm episode. Cousins will give away stuff if you use #CMLUpdate2016. There is also anticipation that the Raleigh truck will be involved in the Update episode.
James Beard winner and Boricua Soul
James Beard Award winning author and Soul Food scholar, Adrian Miller, is teaming up with local food truck, Boricua Soul for Soul Food on Saturday on Feb. 13 at Fullsteam Brewery. Chefs from Boricua Soul will cook some of their favorite recipes out of Miller’s award winning book, “Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time.” Miller will also present a short history on the history of Soul Food.
New food truck Fuzzy’s Empanadas is having a grand opening weekend, Jan. 21-23, making stops at Compass Rose, Nickelpoint and Wine 101 in Wake Forest. Each day has different activities, but one common activity is donating sales to Chalon Swanson’s Make-A-Wish Fundraising Campaign.
Durham Central Park rodeo coming up
The first Durham Central Park food truck rodeo takes place on Sunday, Jan. 24. Plan B is the scheduled musical act accompanied by more than 50 food trucks, local beer and cider.
Art Sheppard covers food truck news on his blog, The Wandering Sheppard.