The local food truck movement shows no signs of slowing down.
SactoMoFo 6, which was held Saturday at 6th and X streets, drew a crowd which matched its record attendance. The California Highway Patrol told SactoMoFo organizers that attendance was estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 people. Those numbers match the debut of this mobile food festival in April of 2011, which was held in midtown's Fremont Park.
Saturday's event featured more than two dozen food trucks and lines in some cases lasted more than an hour long. At its peak, the line for The Chairman Truck lasted 75 minutes - a long time to wait for an order of steamed buns.
Attendance had dipped at SactoMoFo 3 to about 5,000, which was held in December of 2011. Organizers credit Saturday's near perfect weather and other close-by events, including the debut of midtown's farmers market at 20th and J streets, for bringing plenty of traffic to SactoMoFo 6.
"This definitely measured up to the first one, which was the busiest to date," said Paul Somerhausen, SactoMoFo's co-founder. "But in terms of the number of people served and how smoothly the event went, this was the easiest."
Somerhausen has still fielded some gripes about long lines and complaints about the high, live-music volume mixed with the noise from all the generators powering the food trucks. Some patrons were also irked by food shortages late in the event. Somerhausen's looking to make some tweaks for future events and figures that 35 trucks would be a better number given the size of the SactoMoFo crowd.
"Any line that's more than 45 minutes, people start to complain," said Somerhausen. "We could've used a half-dozen more trucks. It's always hard to figure out what the attendance might be and then figure out how many trucks to bring."
Somerhausen is aiming for SactoMoFo to be a yearly event that will be held on the last weekend of April.
"April has always been solid for us, so we'll do one big one and go all out," said Somerhausen. "We'll bring in the all-stars from the Bay and be prepared for the volume. But overall I couldn't be happier. The public was happy, the vendors were happy. What more could you ask for?"
Meanwhile, SactoMoFo will continue to hold weekly food truck round-ups in various parts of the region, including Roseville and the Greenhaven/Pocket area. SactoMoFo is also teaming with Swabbie's Restaurant & Bar for two summer events that'll feature live music and 15 trucks.
For more information about these and other events: sactomofo.com.
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