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Hundreds herd downtown for food truck roundup

More than 25 trucks roll out for fifth gathering

  • The lines only grew longer as the sun went down over the food truck roundup on Sunday. Many people waited in line for over an hour for barbecue and Korean tacos.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comThe lines only grew longer as the sun went down over the food truck roundup on Sunday. Many people waited in line for over an hour for barbecue and Korean tacos.
  • Liz Basta, 32, seasons her roasted ear of corn at the food truck roundup on Sunday. Children and adults alive were seen gnawing on ears of corn throughout the event.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comLiz Basta, 32, seasons her roasted ear of corn at the food truck roundup on Sunday. Children and adults alive were seen gnawing on ears of corn throughout the event.
  • Gus Coliadis hands Toby Roberts his change. Roberts tried one of Cyclopsicle's more adventurous flavors, date and cashew. 'It's delicious,' Roberts said after taking his first bite.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comGus Coliadis hands Toby Roberts his change. Roberts tried one of Cyclopsicle's more adventurous flavors, date and cashew. 'It's delicious,' Roberts said after taking his first bite.
  • Alana Arrayo is one of the youngest food truck roundup attendees at 21 months old. But if the food on her face was any indication she thoroughly enjoyed pizza from Vero Amore and noodles from Jane's Rolling Wok.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comAlana Arrayo is one of the youngest food truck roundup attendees at 21 months old. But if the food on her face was any indication she thoroughly enjoyed pizza from Vero Amore and noodles from Jane's Rolling Wok.
  • David Tineo and Mel Dominguez enjoyed Chinese food and discussed their work of art, 'Dusk and Dawn.' The two collaborated on the piece just for the event.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comDavid Tineo and Mel Dominguez enjoyed Chinese food and discussed their work of art, 'Dusk and Dawn.' The two collaborated on the piece just for the event.
  • Josh Mussman pulls a pizza from Vero Amore's mobile wood fired oven at the roundup on Sunday. The mozzarella on their pizzas is made fresh every day at their two Tucson restaurants.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comJosh Mussman pulls a pizza from Vero Amore's mobile wood fired oven at the roundup on Sunday. The mozzarella on their pizzas is made fresh every day at their two Tucson restaurants.
  • Isabella's Ice Cream was one of several dessert trucks at Sunday's roundup. Cinnamon stick was one of several flavors offered along with desert rose, Brazilian coffee and lemon blueberry sorbet.
    Mariana Dale/TucsonSentinel.comIsabella's Ice Cream was one of several dessert trucks at Sunday's roundup. Cinnamon stick was one of several flavors offered along with desert rose, Brazilian coffee and lemon blueberry sorbet.

The aroma of fried funnel cake, smoky barbecue and roasting corn wafted through the air over the usually abandoned parking lot across from Benjamin Plumbing Supply on the corner of Sixth Street and Seventh Avenue.

Lines over 50 people long snaked from several trucks including Q Up barbecue and Mafooco. Cyclopsicle's popsicle-toting bicycle cart had already run out of a few flavors before the first hour passed.

Tucson Food Truck's fifth roundup drew over 25 vendors and hundreds of hungry people Sunday evening.

"It's the wave of the future, even the major cities like San Francisco have them," said Oro Valley resident Pat Green. She and her husband, Tom, are long time fans of food trucks. Green had her eyes set on Mongolian beef while standing in line at Jane's Rolling Wok.

As the sun set and lines grew longer, tribute band Those Beatles Guys took to the stage to play popular classics and entertain the crowd

Just south of the stage artists Mel Dominguez and David Tineo stood in front of their artwork, "Dusk and Dawn."

It featured bright colors in a chaotic array of lines and shapes. Dominguez dubbed the style "grafstract," a medley of graffiti and abstract art. Both were passionate not only about their art, but the community aspect of the event.

"It's an opportunity to eat with each other and visually communicate. This is Tucson thriving," Dominguez said.

Food truck roundups

For information on future roundups, like the Tucson Food Trucks page on Facebook or visit www.tucsonfoodtrucks.com.

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