Thursday, February 19 was “Food Truck Thursday” in the City of San Bernardino. According to Brenda Leggitt, Executive Assistant to the Director of Community Development Department for the City of San Bernardino, over 2,000 people attended the event.
Since the first food truck Thursday on October 16th, gourmet food trucks from the southern California area have been descending upon the San Bernardino City Hall’s north parking lot on every third Thursday of every month.
The first event attracted thousands of people and food lines stretched across the parking lot. The waits were long but the event was a success with every food truck selling out!
Fast forward to the food truck Thursday in February, there were eight food trucks instead of six. Lines were much shorter and faster. Most food truck vendors stated that they were pleased with the size of the crowds and their sales were excellent!
Many people were showing up earlier to secure their place in line. Tina Overbey and Jessica Holder both work with the District Attorney’s Office a few blocks away. They have been attending the food truck event since the beginning. They keep changing their vendor selection to sample the variety of food being offered. Today they purchased chicken bows from the Street Food Company from Vista, CA.
Councilmember Virginia Marquez from the first ward sponsored the entertainment for the event. Ms. Marquez was able to obtain two bands from San Bernardino High School. The first band was Mariachi de Cardinal, a Mexican musical group of 9 students with 5 violin players, 3 guitars players, and one trumpet player, and many of the musicians also doubled on vocals. The second band played Jazz and consisted of two saxophones, three guitars, a drummer and the bandleader.
Laura Green, Volunteer Coordinator for the local American Red Cross Chapter and Kiwanis member, came to the food truck event for the first time and enjoyed a gourmet crepe from Crepes Bonaparte from Anaheim, CA. Laura said, “It was only a 10 minute wait in line to get her food.” Laura also said that she would return, but was hopping they would bring out a Lobster Truck next time!
During this food truck Thursday, Steve Portias and John Coote from the “Over the Hill Gang” car club came to meet with Jeff Stump promoter of the “Great Race” (greatrace.com). The “Great Race” will be an event that will take place along Route 66. The Great Race will start from Kirkwood, Mo. (St. Louis area) and will make 20 stops throughout the country along Route 66 and end in Santa Monica, Ca. One of the stops will be in San Bernardino. The San Bernardino stopover of the Great Race will include an all day festival and major car show.
The Great Race car show will be free to the community and for those entering their cars into the car show. All pre 1973 cards will be allowed. They are expecting 100 cars involved in the race itself, and are hoping for 1,000 classic car owners to enter their cars in to the show. Steve Portias and John Coote picked food truck Thursday to show race promoter Jeff Stump how great the City of San Bernardino is!
Food truck Thursdays are on the third Thursday of every month. They start at 11:30 pm and end at 2:00 pm. The best parking spots for food truck Thursdays are in the parking structure next to City Hall. For more information, contact Brenda Leggitt at 909-384-5357, or check out the website at www.sbcity.org/sbthirdthursdays.