Forsyth County is home to many great restaurants, but on Monday the community had a chance to check out some out-of-town food, along with music and family activities.
On Monday, Food Trucks n’ Forsyth held its second event of the year in the parking lot of the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center, welcoming several trucks offering a number of different foods, live music, desserts and fun for kids.
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There was a lot to choose from at Monday’s food truck festival. Here’s a sample.
Espetada Portuguese Inspired Street Food
Mmini kabobs: pork, chicken or beef, served with corn meal fries and Espetada sauce
Bless your Heart: a pepper jack and goat grilled cheese topped with grilled onions, mushrooms and bell peppers
Happy Belly Curb Side Kitchen
The Georgian: a grass-fed short rib basket with sweet Vidalia onion relish, ancho chili dressing and cheddar cheese
Gotta Have It
5 Spice Brisket Taco: with smoky tomato salsa, pimento cheese and guacamole
G.O. Hawaiian: a beef or turkey slider with caramelized onions, brie and pineapple
Portobello Burger: a vegetarian, marinated Portobello mushroom served with lettuce, tomato, garlic and thyme aioli, and rice paper “bacon” bits
Big C’s Chicago Kitchen
Chicago Style Italian Beef sandwich: with au jus on gonnella roll
“We have desserts, we have ‘savory trucks’, as we call them, we have the dinner trucks and then the sweet trucks,” said Dawn Hall, event organizer and owner of Happy Belly Curbside Kitchen. “Then we also added a bounce-house for the kids to keep them entertained and then music and entertainment, as well. It’s really something people look forward to each month.”
The event, which is in its second year and is now also hosted with the Conference Center and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, offered an eclectic choice of meals, snacks and treats, ranging from vegetarian and Chicago-style options to Southern foods to donuts. Events are also planned in June and July.
Before the event kicked off, members of the Chamber, food truck employees and conference center officials gathered to present a $1,000 check to United Way of Forsyth County.
“We presented United Way with a check to thank them, to thank the conference center and the community for allowing us to come here to serve,” Hall said. “We were able to give back to the community a portion of our sales for tonight’s event.”
Hall, a Forsyth County resident, said food truck events are still somewhat new to Forsyth but are popular in the surrounding cities of Alpharetta, Smyrna, Brookhaven and Roswell.
“We’ve done a lot around Atlanta for the last five years,” she said. “We all just believed that it was something the city of Cumming and the residents needed and wanted because the events in the other cities are so successful and so long-going.”
On the other side, Hall, who also runs Fork in the Road, a food truck event planning company that helped set up the event, said these events help food trucks get their names out to the community.
“As a food truck, we can go to people when they call us, so we can go to different areas and then you gain that exposure in front of so many people on a weekly basis,” she said. “Coming up here, a lot of people have never heard of Happy Belly, for instance, Vego Bistro or any of these other food trucks, so it’s nice for us as a business owner, because this is my mobile billboard.”
While popular in Forsyth County, some brought their appetites from surrounding areas.
“You’ve got good trucks, it’s interesting food and it’s all good food,” said Ray Toth, an Alpharetta resident.
He and his wife, Kathy, said Monday was their first time going to a food truck event in Forsyth County and that they tried out items from the Gotta Have it and Espetada food trucks.
“I got a roasted veggie taco from [Gotta Have It] and I got a chicken kabob from Espetada,” Kathy Toth said. “It was really good. Both of them were delicious.”
“I had the chicken wings [from Espetada] and then I got the shrimp, lobster and bacon nachos with the Thai sauce [from Gotta Have It],” Ray Toth said. “It was awesome.”