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.