Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Report from ... Peller Food Truck Eats (The Ultimate Food Party) - May 18, 2013

The glasses are lined up on the table with care ...
The stage is set ... the truck stand at the ready

The red wines are lined up ...

and the whites are chilling on ice ...
the bar stands at the ready to welcome the guest, because ...
Word has spread ... Peller Food Truck Eats is back and town ...
And it's more popular than last year.  The line goes back further than the eye can see ... it was a sell out crowd and the festivities, food and fun went on for two days on the May 2-4 weekend - what a kick off to summer.
Trucks from all over, 20 in total, have come to feed the crowd ... like the General Lee inspired Dirty South truck
And Buster's Cove ... all three from over the river in New York state
There was Feisty Jack (British inspired fare you think?)
And Food Man & Culture Boy (food to make you fly?)
Roaming Buffalo was there (with a name like that they should have been from New York)
Gourmet Gringos
and Southern Smoke
All were welcomed into Peller's backyard to feed the masses
On the menu was inspiring food, fun food and stuff you've never thought of
like this Mole Braised Beef Short Rib (Gourmet Gringos)
or Bacon Wrapped Ribs (R & R BBQ)
and Pulled Pork (Southern Smoke)
This 2nd (hopefully annual) event was much cooler (temperature-wise) than last year's event, which made things much more comfortable - it's as if Peller ordered it up.
Peller Club members were allowed early arrival (for the first hour) - and was one of the perks to be in the club
but it wasn't just the savory foods that were there
Check out the sign for the Itty Bitty Pie Co. - proving that sweets were also on the menu
Other trucks in attendance were Tony's Corner (Greek)
Wood Fired Pizza (I'm thinking they made pizza)
And Hank Daddy's BBQ ...
Home of the Pulled Pork Parfait
and some delicious Honey Mustard Smoked Wings
There was Gorilla Cheese - who seem to have brought all their fans along, they filled up the fastest once the gates were opened
There were local trucks like Gastronomo Vagabundo
The Big Chief (Indian Food ... just kidding, or am I?)
And Caplansky's Deli from down the QEW in Toronto

It seems the trucks just kept on coming ...
and so did the people
It's as if people were prepared to camp out and spend the weekend tasting all the delicious fresh food they can't get at home - it was not a day for cooking yourself ...
it was for finding new favourites and experience the Food Truck revolution that is sweeping North America
and still they kept on coming ... because it was so worth it.
But it wasn't just about food ... these folks were captivated by something else ... another spectacle
The band ... covering everything from the Black Keys to Neil Diamond ... and adding great tunes to the party atmosphere
It's one fantastic event ... one worth coming out for.  With trucks as far as the eye can see and food that makes you want to make it yourself - or at least wonder, who thinks of stuff like this ... 
Delicious fresh and inventive food (never mind the bag of chips)
The line might be long but the excitement is high - what will we try this year, who's going to be here and what foods will we be enthralled with and wish we had thought of that
Those who were turned away at the door will know for next year - this event sells out fast
Peller's Food Truck Eats is worth every penny - form the wines to the food to the friends you meet under the umbrellas ... it is becoming one of the premier go-to events in Niagara and one that will define Peller's contribution to the wine and food scene here in Niagara ... or at least prove that they can throw one heck of a great (and tasty) party to kick off summer.

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