Just read an e-mail from a reader who said they waited in line for nearly four hours to place a Mini Burger order at Saturday's Sacramento Mobile Food Festival. The e-mail ended with a prayer about the virtues of patience, something all attendees needed at SactoMoFo on Saturday.
All 21 food vendors at Fremont Park were slammed with epic lines, and not an hour into the event, many people were simply turning away and opting to eat somewhere else nearby. Between all my reporting out there and checking out the scene at neighboring businesses, all I had time to sample at SactoMoFo were some eats from the Chairman Bao truck -- and thanks once again to Suzanne Phan of News 10 for helping me place my order.
BTW, the baos were fantastic and filling, stuffed with pork belly and pickled daikon that cost about $3.50 each.
The Chairman Bao folks said they were going through about 150 orders per hour at SactoMoFo. I also caught up with a very weary Andrew "Drewski" Blaskovich later Saturday night and estimated that his Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen truck served about 500 orders of its sandwiches.
The vibe felt overall upbeat at SactoMoFo despite the long lines, though plenty of griping was aired about the festival via Twitter and Yelp. So, where do you stand?
Was SactoMoFo a success? Let us know in the comments section where you stand:
YES - The overwhelming response showed that Sacramento is hungry for food trucks
NO - How can a festival be successful if not enough people got to sample the food?