Meals Truck & Craft Beer Pageant goes all native »Albuquerque Journal

When the Food Truck Festivals of America started their business about seven years ago, the list of food trucks was eight.

Today there are 4,000 participating trucks.

The New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival takes place on March 30th at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. (Courtesy of the Food Truck Festivals of America)

“The industry just exploded and I’m trying to think, ‘What is this? ‘Said Janet Prensky of the Food Truck Festivals of America. “I think people love the casual aspect of dealing with a food truck and enjoying a food truck, and they’re also discovering that the food is really good. You get the quality. You get this casual nature from it. You don’t need to make reservations. There is no hostess to deal with and I think another important point is that if you go to a food truck instead of a restaurant you actually meet the chef. He gives you your food. There’s something to be said for that too – having the opportunity to speak to one of these chefs and understand where they started. They always love to chat and I think there’s just one intimacy in the food truck world that you won’t find anywhere else. “

The food truck boom has also occurred locally in the Albuquerque area. This is the first year that all of the food trucks participating in the New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival are from the Albuquerque area. The entertainment at the March 30th event is local as well. Reverend E and The Vagrants, Michael Moxey and the Easy Sinners and Sourpuss take the stage and the Lobo Horn Club of the University of New Mexico and the orchestra of the UNM Health Sciences Center roam the grounds.

“It’s fantastic,” said Prensky, co-founder of the event. “It’s really a celebration of the Albuquerque Food Truck theme this year. I often had trucks coming from other areas. This year we had such an outpouring from Albuquerque itself, and the food truck scene has grown so much. When I started we couldn’t have filled this festival with Albuquerque trucks. There wasn’t enough. And now we’re holding them back so it really exploded, and we’re happy to say that all 25 trucks are on site in Albuquerque. “

The festival also features craft beer from breweries in the Albuquerque area, as well as beer from other breweries both domestically and internationally. There will be some returning breweries as well as new arrivals.

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The VIB package is new this year.

“This year we’re introducing a VIB. You know how we’ve always had a VIP package – come early, you get a free dessert, you get free water, you don’t stand in line, you get that special hour for which we have a small amount of tickets from 11 onwards sell (am) until noon, ”said Prensky. “I think people are going to love it because you have the chance to try three or three beers of the same beer if you love a particular beer and get that early access and you get that free dessert and of course that wonderful collectible, a food Trucks of America Koozie. We throw that in the package and it’s a really good way to get the festival in early and just have fun and pass the day. “

Food Trucks of America hosts more than a dozen festivals across the country each year.

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