Food Truck Takeover Season Begins in Central New YorkFood Truck Takeover Season Begins
SYDNEY STAPLES: Some good tunes, good food and smiles to go along with it. Whether it’s pizza from the Toss-n-Fire food truck, something from the Angry Pig Barbeque, or the Bacon Bomb, some waffles or even fresh baked potatoes, there’s a food truck for every one of all kinds and sizes. Chuck Andrews owns the Macarollin’ food truck.
CHUCK ANDREWS: We are just making a couple of pulled pork mac-n-cheeses on our Macarollin’ food truck in Great Northern Mall Syracuse. There’s a rodeo out here tonight for… from 4 o’clock to 8 o’clock. This is our number one seller pulled pork mac-n-cheese.
STAPLES: It’s one of the 20 food trucks that show up to the Food Truck Season Takeover every Wednesday from 4-to-8 in the evening. Some people can’t get enough, and they’ll keep coming back like Sandra Schilling does. And if you have not been yet…
DOUG HARRISON: This is my first time, but as you can tell, they.. these two have been here a few more.
STAPLES: There are almost too many trucks to try in one visit. One food truck has been coming to this event for years: Ma & Pa’s Kettle Corn. James Bell, also known as…
JAMES BELL: The Popcorn King.
STAPLES: Says they’ve had this business since the early 2000s, when his grandparents introduced kettle corn to the Syracuse area. It used to just be a tent.
BELL: Now we do quite a bit more.
STAPLES: They sell kettle corn and quite a few flavors of it.
BELL: My favorite thing is probably the kettle corn or old fashioned caramel corn that’s really really good, and then the caramel coated cheese puffs are amazing.
STAPLES: They are a small, family owned business. Even their son is involved. Other kids just come for the fun.
ZAYNE: I came from school. I got to see all my friends.
STAPLES: To make room for kids like them, Food Truck Association President Nick Sanfrid says a closed mall is perfect.
NICK SANFRID: You have to have a lot of space. You have to have space for parking, spaces for lines, space for tables and chairs, and music and all these different things.
STAPLES: Although the sun is setting, it’ll rise again for the next food truck takeover day. Whether you’re treating yourself…
HARRISON: My boy not suppose to be eating bacon bombs but today his cheat day.
STAPLES: To pulled pork mac-n-cheese, a euro, or want an excuse to get your dog out of the house, you won’t have to wait long for the next Food Truck Takeover Wednesday. In Clay, Sydney Staples, NCC News.
CLAY, N.Y. (NCC News) — Food trucks are back for the spring and summer seasons.
The Syracuse Food Truck Takeover on the other side of Dunk & Bright Furniture at the Great Northern Mall is a place for families and furry friends to enjoy live music and plenty of food from 20 rotating food trucks every Wednesday, from now until September.
It’s the event’s third year, and Food Truck Association President Nick Sanfrid said it becomes more successful each new year.
“You have to have a lot of space. You have to have space for parking, spaces for lines, space for tables and chairs, and music and all these different things for it to work, and it does,” Sanfrid said.
Customers like Sandra Schilling love the event so much that they keep coming back, week after week, year after year.
“I love the food here,” Schilling said. “I keep going to every place and test every food out.”
While it may be difficult to try all 20 food trucks in one evening, the food trucks rotate on a regular basis. Ma & Pa’s Kettle Corn food truck has been a regular food truck over the years.
Owner James Bell, who is also known as “The Popcorn King,” said the food truck runs in his blood.
Bell said his grandparents, Nana and Bubba, introduced kettle corn to the Syracuse area in the early 2000s. While they served it from a tent, the business has grown into a food truck and much more.
Chuck Andrews, the owner of the Macarollin’ food truck, said he not only loves seeing new customers every week, but also his fellow food truck owner friends.
Whether it’s pizza from the Toss-n-Fire food truck, something from the Angry Pig Barbeque, or the Bacon Bomb, some waffles or even fresh baked potatoes, there’s a food truck for every one.
The Food Truck Takeover happens every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. A list of trucks, menus, and online preordering is available online at Street Food Finder or by downloading the Street Food Finder app on your phone.
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