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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget?

by Alan@tbftr.com 27. January 2015 03:56

Located at the intersection of need and solution, the modern day Food Truck is no longer the eyesores of the office parking lot. When the recession hit in the mid 2000s Food Trucks became the solution to economic decline of the working class. What started with the basic burgers, tacos & sandwiches has evolved into the one-stop-shop for gourmet cuisine on a reasonable budget. Whether you’re craving Savory Abracadabra Crepes from Krepelicious or The Scallywag Seared Scallop Wrap from Rollin’ Zoinks Tampa’s Food Trucks have adapted to the need for variety from their daily customers.

           Champagne Taste Beer Budget

Beyond the wide food selection, modern day food trucks have evolved in their marketing campaigns to attract new business. From incorporating mobile payment systems such as Square and Apple Pay into their social media marketing efforts, Food Truck owners have found a way to mix convenience with accessibility in ways that typical fast food restaurants have yet to provide. Other ways that the food trucks of today have adapted to the needs of their followers are by involving them in every step of the process. By rewarding their visits through Foursquare, Crowdsourcing recipes through Facebook and even special deals targeted to Twitter followers using a special hash-tag, Food Truck owners are using free social media tools to build the network beyond their daily routes.

           

Who said Food Trucks have to only serve Breakfast and Lunch options? Tampa Bay Food Trucks have welcomed a Mobile DJ Truck perfect for bringing the party wherever you’d like: backyards, public parks and even outdoor wedding receptions. Need a dance floor? No problem. Want to add a barista? They have great connections to book for you .  What about tables and chairs? Also not an issue they have everything you’d need for an awesome event.  If your sweet tooth has been bothering you, have no fear Lizzy Cakes Food Truck is not too far away. With their menu covering every craving from cakes, pies, one of a kind cookies and to die for maple bacon brownies to their white chocolate key lime pie there’s no need to suppress your desires for sweets any longer.

Summer of Rum Festival GIVEAWAY!

by Lauren@tbftr.com 4. August 2014 03:45

Got the Monday blues? We've got some news that might cheer you up: we're giving away FREE tickets to the Summer of Rum Festival on Saturday, August 16th!

How do you enter? Go to the Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TampaFoodTruckRally

You will see a post at the top of the page instructing you to "like" it, and in the comments section add which participating food truck you are most excited to try! Each participating food truck will be selecting a winner on Friday, August 8th, who will be announced on Monday, August 11th!

The participating trucks are listed below:

1) The Twisted Iron
2) Rollin Zoinks Truck
3) Burger Culture FoodTruck
4) Just Smokin BBQ
5) Street Surfer
6) Taco Bus
7) Kind Grinds
8) Mobile Munchiez
9) Dochos Concession
10) Daily Grinders
11) Lizziecakes, LLC
12) Nico's Arepas Grill

*Must be at least 21 years of age to enter. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*

For full official rules click here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/tampa-bay-food-truck-rally/summer-of-rum-contest-2014-official-rules/938248546201102

Enter now!

Don't have the luck of the Irish? You can purchase tickets at: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/547619

Cigar City Brewing A night at the Brewery with Rollin Zoinks

by Michael 17. May 2013 18:07

It had been too long since I had visited the tasting room. I had the urge to enjoy a few tasty CCB beers on Nitro and enjoy some Food Truck Cuisine. Tonight was the first time I have relaxed all week and it was worth the wait. The tasting room was packed from front to back and the crowd was all ages and walks, that is one of the cool things about craft beer, doesn't matter who you are, you can find common ground through a good beer at CCB. 

Cigar City Food Trucks

 

After grabbing a Patio Tools on Nitro for myself and  a Hotter Than Helles for my better half we went and hung out in the new back room. It was nice and comfortable, we then went for a second round this time with Jai Lai White Oak and Nick Streeter's Scottish 60 on Nitro, both were as expected, excellent. Once we scored the second round we headed out to see what kind of Zoinks we could get our hands on. So you may be questioning what is a Zoink? Well enough people asked Tammy Young the Owner of Rollin Zoinks that question that she just slapped the definition of the word on the side of her truck, no seriously look: 

Rollin Zoink Truck

 

Now that we have the definition we can get into what we decided to order, first the Scallywag sounded so good I couldn't help but order it. It has seared scallops, snow peas, mushrooms, parmesan, couscous, spinach, baby spring mix, and lemon champagne sauce. Sounds pretty amazing doesn't it? The smell alone had me salivating as I watched Tammy go through the steps of putting the masterpiece together. 

Rollin Zoinks Scallywag Zoink

 

Scallywag Zoink

 

The scallops were seared to perfection and had a very nice texture that paired well with the snow peas, and spinach which took a little harder bite to get through. The couscous added a little sweetness along with the Sriracha that Tammy added made for a sweet and slightly spicy Zoink that made me feel a little like Scooby Doo scarfing down a monster meal. 

So that brings us to our second Zoink, Steak on a Whim: Beef braised in CCB's Maduro with mushrooms, asparagus, swiss, risotto, romaine and Whim sauce. 

 

Steak on a Whim Beef Braised in Maduro

This was like a roast in a Zoink! The asparagus gave a nice crunch to the Zoink while the risotto added a nice twist. Second place to the braised beef was definitely the Whim Sauce though, it was a smooth brown gravy like sauce with just a little tart when it first hits your taste buds then it moves into a savory smooth flavor. 

Thanks Tammy and Rollin Zoinks, you didn't disapoint! We'll be back again for more soon. 

 

Interested in learning more about Zoinks and following them? You can find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/RollinZoinksTruck

Want to see Zoinks at a Rally this month? You can find them at: Daniels Chevrolet on the 18th or at the SOHO food truck Rally at MacDintons on the 25th. 

For a listing of all of our events check out our Food Truck Event Calendar.

Food Trucks are placed at Cigar City by Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally on: 
Friday Evenings from 4-10pm
Saturday from 11 am - 10pm (two shifts, typically two trucks)
Sunday 10-2pm  

The tasting room and brewery are located at 3924 W. Spruce St. Tampa, FL 33607
More information can be found on Cigar City at: www.cigarcitybrewing.com/ 

Cheers! See you at the brewery or at a rally!