With food trucks becoming all the rage, DCI (Downtown Christiansburg Inc) decided to try hosting a Food Truck Rodeo five years ago. Not knowing what to expect, they invited a few trucks to set up on W Main Street hoping for a decent turnout. After our last guest checked in that fateful night we decided to take a little walk and see what this rodeo thing was all about. Downtown was mobbed! There had to be several thousand people waiting in lines for food. It took us about an hour to get to the window and order some Pad Thai and spring rolls from Thai This but it was worth the wait.
People loved it so much they could hardly wait for the next one. The following year the rodeo was bigger and better and even more people showed up. Bernie went back to Thai This but I decided to try Creole That. The gumbo was delicious. This year is going to be the biggest and best one ever. Seven new trucks are joining the line-up along with twelve from past rodeos and 10 -12 thousand people are expected to chow down.
New to the rodeo are 800 Degrees Wood Fired Pizza, The Beast of the Streets Pizza Wings Italian Ice and Gelato, Lizard Licks Snowballs, Mann’s Sausage Company, Our Little Ice House, Smooshed, and Wake and Bacon. Returning trucks are Carpe Donut, Creole That, Grandpa Ike’s Mini Donuts, Homestead Creamery, Mountain Grille, Oi Polloi, Red’s Street Eats, Rick’s Wrap it UP, Southbound BBQ and Sweets, Thai This, Till and Grill and Viva La Cupcake.
Two long community tables will be set up on Hickok street with seating for 100 people and there will be an “eatin’ tent” set up in the parking lot on Franklin and Main in front of the Antique Mall with seating for 64 people as well as bistro tables for mingling. There will be a dedicated “volunteer area” for everyone who helps out. Perks for volunteering are a t-shirt, drink tickets, food donated by three of the trucks and some air conditioned space from Great Roads on Main. Want to volunteer? Just go to dci.ivolunteer.com
I’m getting hungry already. See you at the rodeo.