Tasty Trucks Redux

Third annual Taste the Trucks served up all weekend.

YYC food trucks threw a heckuva birthday party on September 7 & 8, when the third annual Taste the Trucks event rolled onto RiverWalk. Foodies galore gathered on the banks of the Bow to celebrate and get their taste buds tickled in that tantalizing way that only food truck fare can.

The City of Calgary sent along a special birthday present, too – approval of a permanent food truck bylaw. With two years of a wildly popular pilot project now under their collective fan belts, Calgary's food trucks sure are starting to look all grown up.

After a day of free truck washes on Saturday – courtesy of Mother Nature – the hungry crowds who packed RiverWalk on Sunday enjoyed food truck fixings in brilliant sunshine. “I love watching families take their meals down to the river bank,” said one RiverWalk regular. “It's such a lovely place to eat.” One family matriarch, leading three generations of family members over to a riverside bench, stopped to show off her piled-high plate. “I've got prime rib; I don't plan to do a lot of cooking tonight,” she said.

Although the food trucks were the star of the day (and rightfully so on their birthday), there was plenty for families, cyclists and dog walkers to do at Taste the Trucks III, besides simply eat. Funky tunes kept the mood festive, while booths for Car 2 Go, Light the Night Walk and Virgin Radio offered breathing room between courses. Admission to the trucks’ birthday party was a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, so it was a weekend of indulgence that RiverWalkers could feel good about. “We're getting perogies,” announced one young lad from his premium seat in the family's little red wagon. “With sour cream,” his mother added happily.

With 16 food trucks offering a mouth-watering assortment of everything from smoothies to perogies, gelato to whole-wheat lactose-free vegan pizza, the hardest part of the weekend may have been making that final decision. “There is never a shortage of great food when the food trucks are here,” declared one slightly-salivating food truck aficionado, waffling between Naaco's offerings and Vasili's lobster rolls. Deciding what to eat at Taste the Trucks, that's the tough part.