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Hundreds herd downtown for food truck roundup

More than 25 trucks roll out for fifth gathering

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.

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Jan 30, 2012, 3:03 pm
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I had a policy like that as well.  Over time it became a guideline.  Now, it is only a rule of thumb.  Now my hunger and taste battle out to see who can overcome the other.  This time taste won out.

Jan 30, 2012, 2:59 pm
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I have a personal policy of not waiting more than 20 minutes for food—whether in a sit down restaurant or standing in line for chow.

Jan 30, 2012, 10:31 am
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The food was incredible and affordable.  The Mafooco line was ridiculous, but well worth the wait.  I would like to see this in a bigger area.  It was a little too crowded considering the amount of vendors present.  More variety would be great. 

Also, what is with all the dogs?  Leave em at home so people can more through crowds easier.  It is not exercise for a dog to stand in line and bark at other dogs. 

They should really do this at least once a month if not every other Sunday.  Great idea.  Tucsonans will always come out for food.  Especially gourmet cheap.

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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.

Food truck roundups

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