June 16, 2011
Weekly food truck festival to start next Thursday

Local food trucks will come together each Thursday starting June 23 to serve fans of mobile food and promote a new alliance of food trucks. The locations will rotate each Thursday, but the first event is slated on June 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MK Auto on the corner of Arden Way and Bell St.

Three local food trucks will be featured at this first gathering: Mini Burger, Drewski's Hot Rod Kitchen and Mama Kim's. Trucks from Chando's and a new vendor called The Wicked 'Wich are expected to participate soon. Other members of the alliance include the La Piedad and La Mex taco trucks.

All trucks at this as-yet-untitled festival are members of the newly formed Sacramento Food Truck Alliance. The organization will emphasize a self-policing policy, including not parking within a half-block of an existing restaurant.

"It's an organization to strengthen ourselves and make sure we're doing the right thing," said Davin Vculek of Mini Burger. "We don't want to fight restaurants. We want to show how we can co-exist with them."

Vculek said the ultimate goal is to bring the weekly festival closer to the central city "and bring more life into downtown." Currently, food trucks have to move after 30 minutes and must shut down at sundown. Until those regulations are changed, the weekly festival will operate outside city limits.

Look for web sites for the festival and Sacramento Food Truck Alliance to be online soon.

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