Meals Truck & Craft Beer Pageant goes to be very native »Albuquerque Journal

When Food Truck Festivals of America started his company 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 on the grounds of the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum. (Courtesy 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 just love the casual aspect of being around a food truck and enjoying a food truck, and they’re also discovering that the food is really good. You get the quality. You have this casual character. You don’t need to make reservations. There is no hostess to deal with and I think another important point is that you meet the chef when you go to a food truck rather than a restaurant. He hands you your food. There’s a lot to be said for that too – having the opportunity to speak to one of these chefs and understand where they started. They always like to chat and I think there’s just an intimacy in the food truck world that you can’t find anywhere else. “

The food truck boom has also occurred locally in the Albuquerque area. This is the first year that all food trucks participating in the New Mexico Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival are from the Albuquerque area. Entertainment at the March 30 event is local too, with Reverend E and The Vagrants, Michael Moxey and the Easy Sinners and Sourpuss on stage, and the University of New Mexico’s Lobo Horn Club and the UNM Health Sciences Center Orchestra on the Terrain.

“It’s awesome,” said Prensky, co-founder of the event. “This year, the Albuquerque food truck theme is truly celebrating. I often had trucks coming from other areas. This year we had such a flood 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. It wasn’t enough. And now we’re holding them back so it really blew up and we’re happy to say that all 25 trucks are local in Albuquerque. “

The festival will also feature craft beer from breweries in the Albuquerque area, as well as beer from other breweries around the country and abroad. There will be some breweries returning, but there will also be newcomers.

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The VIB package is new this year.

“This year we are introducing a VIB. They know we’ve always had a VIP package – come early, get free dessert, get free water, don’t stand in line, get that special hour we start at 11 (am) until noon, ”said Prensky. “I think people are going to love it because you have the chance to try three beers or three of the same beer if you love a particular beer and you get that early access and you get that free dessert and of course this wonderful collectible , a Food Trucks of America Koozie. We put that in the package, and it is a really nice way to use the festival early and just have fun and spend the day. “

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

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