Food trucks are fairly commonplace in Durham, but the Durham Bulls baseball park was new ground for each of the eight trucks in attendance at the first DBAP Food Truck Fest held during the July 10th game against the Charlotte Knights. The food trucks in attendance that evening were Only Burger, Chirba Chirba, Parlez-Vous Crepe, Sweet Stacey Cakes, BaguettAboutIt, Porchetta, The Humble Pig, and American MeltDown. As Durham Bulls fans entered the park at 6:05 pm, many headed directly to the trucks lining the concourse level above the outfield. In short time, the curious few milling around the trucks deciding what to order, quickly became hungry crowds as people eagerly lined up for burgers, crepes, dumplings, cupcakes and more menu items not normally found at the ballpark.
While standing in one line, I overheard conversations discussing what to order at each of the trucks. People weren’t limiting their options, which is typical at food truck rodeos. After some deliberation, I decided the pork taco and sweet potato waffle fries from The Humble Pig would hit the spot. The tender, mildly spicy pulled pork and tangy slaw in my taco paired nicely with a Carolina Brewery Sky Blue Golden Ale (my own personal ballpark beverage tradition). I found my seat in the stands and enjoyed my food and beverage while watching activity on the concourse from afar. I noted only two occasions when the level of activity around the trucks seemed to drop, the first during the performance of the national anthem and the second at the bottom of the first inning when Tim Beckham hit the first home run of the night. Food truck fans have their priorities straight it seems.
The big blue BaguettAboutIt truck served some special menu items just for the event, including a kid-friendly “U Dawg U”, a Nathan’s hot dog with ketchup and/or mustard, and the “Born on the PieU”, a mini cheese pizza. For the grown ups, the familiar stuffed baguette sandwiches featured Giacomo’s Meatball Sausage and locally made Nello’s Spicy Tomato Sauce, as well as a white wine & rosemary chicken sausage served with a cool mint sauce.
Of course, it’s not a meal without dessert. Thankfully, Sweet Stacey Cakes was there to round out the evening with their version of cupcake & ice cream (aka Heaven in a Cup, seriously y’all).
I don’t normally do “reviews” but I’m gonna break with tradition this time and give the Durham Bulls Food Truck Fest a big thumbs up and cross my fingers that this was just the first of many such events (if not this season, then next). Thankfully, the heavy rain held off until the game’s end. The Bulls won that night. Walking back to my car in the rain, reflecting on the evening, the cool rain felt like the perfect end to a Durham Bulls night.