Asian, Cuban and Mexican cuisine options are some of this year’s additions to the three-day Food Truck Festival set for April 26-28.
“We’ve been very successful in having a great variety, and the top compliment we hear is ‘Thanks for such diversity in cuisine,’” said Amie Lee, whose company, Palmetto Event Productions, manages the festival.
Chaz Ortiz will bring Chazito’s Latin Cuisine from Savannah, Georgia for the second year, because he described last years’ experience at the festival as “amazing.”
Ortiz, who owns two food trucks and two restaurants, will have the same menu as last year, including his best seller, mofongo, a dish of smashed plantains with garlic oil and roasted pork covered in avocado and garlic sauce.
Steve Klatt, bringing his Braised in the South food truck from Charleston, said he’s returning to the festival because last year was “unbelievable.”
Klatt’s best seller last year was a smoked pork and mackerel dish, which includes pork smoked for 12 hours.
It’s served with creamy pimento mac ‘n cheese and topped with house mustard, crispy fried onions and chow chow, a Southern relish.
“The amount of love we got last year was great,” Klatt said about the response to Braised in the South’s menu.
Last year, the festival had 39 food trucks, and this year, between 50 and 60 are scheduled to be there.
New choices include vegan and vegetarian foods, Caribbean, Polish, Cajun and Mediterranean fare.
“There are enough options so that you can come back multiple days and not eat from the same food truck twice,” Lee said.
The event will be at the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place, located in the Oceanfront Boardwalk District between 8th and 9th avenues north in Myrtle Beach.
On Friday, April 26, hours are 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, hours are 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, hours are again 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Admission is free, and, of course, the food prices vary.
While Lee said the line-up of food trucks is subject to change, some of those expected are:
The Tamashii Food Truck, Filipino Food Festivals & Events, Zulie’s Carinderia, Island Noodles, Street Grub, Socu Food Truck, Molly’s Fish & Chips N More, Chef B’s Eatz, Six In a Ness, Fish Shak, Time To Eat, Medley Food Truck, Kurbside Katering, Saucy Wings LLC, Pearls Wingz and Thingz, Ray’s Mobile Food, Scott Benny’s American & International Cuisine, Café Mobile Too, Jersey Dogs, The Golden Pineapple, EZ Cheezy Truck, Sweet Spice LLC, Benito’s Brick Oven, Squeals on Wheels, Braised in the South LLC, and Kono Pizza GSP.
Whether you’re looking for dessert, a snack or a full meal, there truly will be something to satisfy everyone’s appetites
Kids’ activities including a rock-climbing wall and inflatables will keep the little ones occupied, and volleyball and corn hole tournaments are favorites of the older crowd.
The entertainment line-up for the festival is as impressive as the food options.
On Friday from 6-10 p.m., the band Sweet Sweet will be there. On Saturday, The Bounty Hunters will entertain from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., followed by the Paul Grimshaw Band from 3-7 p.m.
On Sunday from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., guests will enjoy music from OracleBlue, followed by Tru Sol from 3-7 p.m.
For more information about the Food Truck festival, visit www.MyrtleBeachFoodTruckFestival.com.
Along with the great food, the family-friendly atmosphere, and entertainment favorites, Lee said, “The backdrop sells itself. How many events are within 200 feet of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean?”
Combined with the location and the variety of vendors, Lee said the festival offers “it’s the perfect spot in Myrtle Beach to get a great variety of food samples, and then grab a cocktail on the boardwalk or take a walk on the beach. There’s so much to do downtown Myrtle Beach.”