Ian Pike 1:37 p.m., May 23
And away they go! No, I'm not talking about the ponies breaking away from the gates down at Old Del Mar. I'm referring to a multitude of food trucks spanning just about every cultural cuisine imaginable as they depart en route to the spot where the surf meets the turf. This Saturday marks the first ever Del Mar Gourmet Food Truck Festival, which is being billed as the largest gathering of food on four wheels San Diego County has ever seen. Going by sheer numbers alone, it definitely will be.
There are currently 45 different trucks scheduled to set up camp in the concert area next to the main track this Saturday from 12 to 6 p.m. That list includes locals like the MIHO GastroTruck and Tabe BBQ, but there's also a chance to sup on treats from out-of-towners, including some trucks with big names like Ludo, the chicken ball serving vehicle of trailblazing LA chef Ludo Lefebvre, and Food Network Great Food Truck Race contestants past and present, including Nom Nom, Crepes Bonaparte and SD's own Devilicious.
Every time I've attended one of these events, it has been a disaster, with lines ranging in the 30 to 60 minute range leading to way more disappointment than elation among patrons, but having this many trucks should help to keep that from happening (except at the more well-known trucks). My best advice consists of the same tips I apply to beer festivals - show up early and have a plan for getting what you want. Entrance is free with track admission. Click here for a map of the festival layout