About 25 food carts will converge at the San Mateo County Event Center on July 1 for the Bay Area’s latest mobile munch-down.
“I don’t think there’s been a bigger food truck event on the Peninsula,” said event co-creator Ryan Sebastian, who said he hopes at least 5,000 people show up.
Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets and eat on the lawn or at a 100-foot outdoor banquet table.
MoGo BBQ, a Santa Clara-based food cart with 15,000 Facebook fans and 11,000 Twitter followers, will serve Mexican-Korean fusion dishes such as Kalbi short-rib quesadillas and “dirty hot dogs” topped with kim chee.
Curry Up Now, which has a fleet of three carts and recently opened a restaurant in downtown San Mateo, will prepare steaming Indian food, street style.
Sebastian’s ice cream-karaoke truck, TreatBot, will dish out flavors such as purple yam, macapuno (a Filipino fruit), candied young coconut, Mexican chocolate and cardamom pistachio. For a dollar donation, the bold can grab TreatBot’s cordless microphone and serenade a sizeable audience.
Swedish surf-rocker Mike Barbwire is teaming with the Deadbeats as the main musical act, Event Center coordinator Jeanavive Janssen said. In a building adjacent to the food carts, the Label Faire will sell locally made clothes from independent labels. Parking costs $10, but classic cars park free, Janssen said.
First Fridays Moveable Feast will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of every month through October. If it’s successful, the fair might extend beyond that, Sebastian said.
During the past year, circle-the-wagons food events have become quite popular in the Bay Area — and they’re spreading.
San Francisco’s Off The Grid popularized the concept with a weekly food truck gathering at the Fort Mason Center.
That mobile munch-down ended up expanding and hit Berkeley on June 1, drawing thousands of attendees.
San Jose Eats, created by Ryan Sebastian and his wife, Christine, attracted 10,000 people to its opening in downtown San Jose on April 2. Since then, event coordinators in various South Bay cities and San Mateo have asked the couple to bring the mobile food party their way, Christine Sebastian said.
IF YOU GO
When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. July 1
Where: San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo
Public transit: Caltrain’s Hillsdale station is less than a mile from the Event Center