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Brews with Attitude Made Tuesday a Really Good Tuesday

by Michael 16. May 2013 14:00

Pepin Distributing put on their annual American Craft Beer party and let the Tampa Food Truck scene be a part of it. In past years Pepin had prepared food for attendees but decided this year they'd prefer to leave it to local food trucks. In our opinion and based on the amount of people eating from trucks, I think we all agree that was a really good idea!

Trucks in attendance were; 

Nico's Arepas - serving up their Venezuelan Arepas and Cachapas, I never knew I loved Venezuelan cuisine until I fell in love with Nico's. Plus they have a sweet looking truck, check it out: 

Nico's Food Truck


American Wiener - with their famed Capone and a Special Beer Brawt that didn't disappoint. 

The Taco Bus - We all know the menu, even if you still couldn't see straight. 

Mike's Off The Hook - Tally Who? They had all kinds of Tally sandwiches along with a specially marinated salmon with Sweetwater 420! 

Whatever Pops - They brought the serious pops including the Chocolate Sea Salt. 

Burger Culture - The Goat and the Bleu were hits but everyone raved about the special too. 

PAO! - Fans surrounded PAO and ate until it hurt, their fusion food is serious I heard about some serious spring rolls. 

Jimmy Meatballs - Always having a ball the Asian and Beach Balls (crabmeatballza) were downed by many. 

Brews n Food trucks

A few honorable mentions on the beer side of the event: 

Goose Island Sofie: You were good to me, see you again. 

Piston Head Kustom Lager: Biggest surprise in a European can. Not really available around these parts yet, but it should be coming soon. Pistonhead Kustom Lager


Here is  a pretty complete list of the brewers and the beer they had at the event:

A special thanks to Pepin, we had a blast! Looking forward to next year!

SOHO Food Truck Rally

by Michael 15. May 2013 08:10

 Check out our guest post from Lindsey Morgan on the SOHO Rally in April. 

SOHO Food Truck Rally Event
Admittedly, we all have our vices.  For some it is great wine and others it is gourmet pizza.  Me, I love reality TV, well FOOD Reality TV.  My favorite show of late was on The Food Network last fall: The Great Food Truck Race.  The premise of the show is that various food trucks from all over the country travel from city to city sharing their cuisine and competing against one another.  As with any great reality show—there are twists and turns, there are competitive advantages earned in contests, there are villain (trucks) and the underdog everyone roots for.  However, I have a confession to make.  Having watched 3 seasons of the show from 2010-2012 and enjoying the culinary creativity of the chefs and home cooks alike, I had never ACTUALLY dined on delectables offered up from any of our area food trucks.  While I sat at home in the comfort of my couch I saw a few trucks pop up locally, I just never made it a priority to track single trucks and seek out their daily locale.  It wasn’t until Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally began their monthly SoHo Food Truck Rally in February that I finally took a taste of all the Tampa Bay scene has to offer, and WOW…is there a lot to take in!

Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally is not new to the area, but as of late they are making an incredible name for themselves on both sides of the Bay.  Not only has TBFTR scored food truck goodness in the Tampa International Airport Cell Phone Waiting Lot each day at lunch, they have organized countless truck meetups everywhere from Tarpon Springs to South Tampa. 

Tampa Food Truck
One of the regular events organized by TBFTR is SoHo Food Truck Rally, held from 2-6pm on the last Saturday of each month at MacDinton’s on South Howard.  This event is a far cry from Friday Happy Hour at Macs.

April’s rally featured Mobile Munchiez, Keepin’ It Reel, 3Suns, BB’s Moving Café, Nate Paul’s Q4U, Dooners on Wheels, Rollin’ Zoinks, American Weiner, New England Lemonade and Unforgettable Cupcakes.  If the names alone don’t make  your mouth water, I can tell you—Each menu held options for the food adventurer and traditionalist alike!


Food Truck Lineup

Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally makes it easy to hang out and enjoy dishes from several different trucks at a manageable pace (and reasonable price!).  Tables and chairs are set up in the lot for patrons and MacDinton’s welcomes food truck food onto the patio!  The pace of the rally ebbed and flowed throughout the afternoon.  Strollers and families as well as 20-somethings taking a break from a day at the pool filled the lot.  Cornhole, Jumbo Jenga and the fun atmosphere created by MacDinton’s live music made the April SoHo Food Truck Rally and awesome way to spend the day!

If you are looking for an exciting way to spend part of your Saturday afternoon, an easy option for an early Saturday dinner (before a night on the town) or a quick and easy sweet treat pick-me-up, the food trucks at the SoHo Food Truck Rally are a sure bet!  Thanks so much to Tampa Bay Food Truck Rally for bringing such a fun and relaxing varied culinary atmosphere to South Tampa.  With so many different trucks to choose from and ever-changing menu options, we will certainly keep this event on our calendar!

Yuca Fries 

Lindsey Morgan is a less-than-regular blogger over at with a love for all things social media.  Opinions expressed here are that of the writer.  

The Food Trucks Are Coming!

by 24. August 2011 18:46

Tasting Tampa is proud to co-sponsor the first Tampa Food Truck Rally with Tampa web design company 352 Media Group. This is the piece I did for Creative Loafing on the event, more to come soon but there is already an enormous response to the event in the hours since we announced it.

Tampa’s very first Food Truck Rally will be held on Saturday, September 24th, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The event is hosted by (and located at) Hyde Park Presbyterian Church in South Tampa, and sponsored by Tasting Tampaand 352 Media Group. Expect a variety of flavors, like Wicked ‘Wiches' awesome sandwiches, 3 Ballers Traveling Bistro’s gourmet fare, Michelle Faedo’s famous Deviled Crab & Cubans, and much more. Expect live music, home-baked desserts, free child care and a nice shaded parking lot to enjoy it in. What’s not to love? Keep checking back to CL Tampa's Food & Drink site for updates on vendors and entertainment. Parking will be available in the Hyde Park Village parking garage across the street from the church. HPPC is located at 1309 W. Swann Ave, at the intersection of Swann and Willow. More information is available at the event's Facebook page: