The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally
By Chris in Blog
What is a Food Truck Rally you ask? Well, Wikipedia has this to say
“A food truck rally (also called a food truck festival, food truck rodeo, food truck gathering, or similar names) is an event where a group of food trucks gather in one location.
The events typically feature “modern” food trucks emphasizing food quality and variety, a trend which has grown significantly in popularity in the United States since approximately 2008. Formal gatherings of food trucks as an event in the United States began in 2010. The first LA Food Fest, held in February 2010, appears to have been one of the earliest such events.
Tampa, Florida, which has been a popular area for food trucks and hosted its first food truck event in September 2011, hosted a rally with 121 food trucks in March 2014, said to be a new world record, breaking the prior record of 99 set in Tampa in September 2013. Prior to that, an April 2013 “food truck parade” in Miami, with 62 trucks, was declared the largest to date.”
This is the article regarding the above food rally in Tampa in 2014 – wouldn’t it be great to see something like this happening in SA? Enjoy the read!
The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally – Food Truckr
“What’s better than a food truck festival that brings a ton of tasty trucks together in one place?
Admittedly, that’s a bit of a trick question! There’s nothing better—except for a food truck festival that brings more tasty trucks together in one place than have ever gathered together before. We’re talking, of course, about the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally presented by Generation Food Truck in Tampa Bay, FL.
This event earns a spot in our Hall of FoodTruckr Heroes Fame by working hard to bring as many food trucks as possible together in a single place. The event took place this past weekend on March 29th and 30th and set a new Guinness World Record with 121 trucks joining forces for a historic food truck parade.
To be included in the official count, trucks had to have a logo displayed on their trucks. That means that when you also count the trucks that didn’t have logos but still served up delicious food, festival attendees could choose from approximately 170 trucks. We don’t know how you could ever choose just one or two to order from!
In addition to the fact that this record-breaking endeavor succeeded in making history, there are a few things we really love about this event:
1. Raises Awareness
The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally isn’t just a way for the participants to claim a Guinness World record—it’s also an incredible opportunity for everyone involved to raise awareness about the food truck industry. From media reports to social posts from the participating trucks, tons of people were talking about this event over the weekend. That’s a lot of positive buzz about food trucks and the growing popularity of this industry, and we think it’s pretty cool that one event was able to make such a big splash.
2. Brings the Community Together
Successful industries have strong communities behind them, and we’re thrilled to see the food truck community growing stronger every day. There are all kinds of food truck festivals that bring a bunch of trucks to a single place, but the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally goes a step further by bringing everyone together to work toward a common goal. At this event, every truck is equally important to contributing to the final count, and it’s only through the power of all the trucks combined that a new record can be set.
3. Reflects Food Truck Culture
FoodTruckrs are an awesome breed—hard-working, innovative people who are committed to quality and know how to have a good time. The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally reflects that culture by serving up a fresh spin on traditional food truck festivals and being a seriously fun way to enjoy some of the best trucks the industry has to offer.
We were so excited to see the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally set their new Guinness World Record, and we can’t wait to see how many trucks they’ll bring together at next year’s event! Big thanks to the incredible team behind this event—and congratulations to all the trucks who participated!”