San Diego's summer heatwave was at its pinnacle as we headed up Interstate 15 to the winding country roads leading to Valley Center for the 1st Annual Bates Nut Farm Gourmet Food Truck Festival. As usual with most inaugural events, we had limited expectations, but we quickly found ourselves sweatily skipping from food truck to food truck, to petting zoo, to vendor, and back to food truck again. The festival was a great success, and based on the attendance (and the increasing popularity of the food truck movement), this will be an event that will return for many years to come.
Lucks Media Group (and Thai-1-On food truck) was the organizer of the 1st Annual Bates Nut Farm Gourmet Food Truck Festival (and also the DJ!), which took over the picturesque country farm on Saturday, August 18th from 3-9pm. When we arrived, we immediately noticed the tremendous turnout, as the parking area was packed and hordes of people were gathered around the complex, many with portable chairs and other picnic stuffs. Although attendance was a' plenty, the trucks seemed to be putting out food fast enough to keep the lines reasonable, and unlike other gatherings, we didn't hear much grumbling about long lines and wait times. Everybody seemed to be having fun, staying calm, and enjoying their munchies, despite the 90+ degree heat.
|Super Q pork melt|
|Mangia Mangia's pesto fries|
|Me with a goat!|
When asked about the success of the Food Truck Fest, organizer Scott Lucks exclaimed "Can't wait til ye' next one...DO IT!" Neither can we! See you there!
Bates Nut Farm is located at 15954 Woods Valley Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082. For more information and directions call 760-749-3333 or visit www.batesnutfarm.biz or www.vcfoodtruckfest.com, and be sure to follow the Valley Center Gourmet Food Truck Fest on Facebook.