November 18, 2011
It's SactoMofo under the freeway, yo: Dec. 3

372946_125375747572748_952414549_n.jpgFirst, no NBA basketball at Power Balance Pavilion. But now, no food trucks? Is the world coming to an end? Is this the second sign of the apocalypse (the first being Cheez Whiz)? Fortunately, there is good news coming, and it doesn't involved lanky millionaires who claim to be exploited by chubby billionaires.

Yes, the SactoMofo food truck extravaganza didn't quite work out at Power Balance Pavilion (by the way, I recently started wearing one of their pricy wrist bands and instantly added 75 yards to my tee shots, and I can do jumping jacks and mini arm circles pain-free for the first time since Ms. Blimpky's junior high gym class).

Instead of canceling the event, the hard-working and unsung heroes at SactoMofo HQ have found another location, a lower admission fee (now it's free) and SactoMofo 3 is back on track to feed every last, ahem, mofo-loving person in attendance.

For those not in the know, SactoMofo stands for Sacramento Mobile Food, a volunteer organization composed of food enthusiasts who believe, as I do, that Sacramento needs more variety, more energy on its streets, more small start-ups, to complement the superb restaurant scene in the city.

Yes, it looks like this SactoMofo event is on track to be another big hit. The last mofo event I attended was at Fremont Park, and while the food was mostly amazing, the long lines and wait times prompted me to suggest that organizers insert the word "cluster" somewhere in the title.

But not this time. There will be more trucks, more food, more people who know how to count change and even more enthusiasm for the mofo movement.

The festivities will be on Dec. 3, a Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the freeway at 8th and W streets (the same location as the popular Sunday Farmers Market).

20 vendors are expected to attend, including all the popular rigs from Sacramento and several from the Bay Area. Thousands of foodies are likely to be there to celebrate the variety and creativity of the cooking. This is an outdoor event, though the freeway overpass shields the rain. Organizers suggest you dress warmly, bring small bills and a big appetite.

The Dec. 3 event will also serve as a food drive for the Sacramento Food Bank and the U.S. Marine Reserve's Toys for Tots. Those attending are encouraged to bring canned or packaged dry goods and new unwrapped toys to donate. Santa will also be on hand for photos.

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