by Lora Samoza, picture by Ventura County Star
OXNARD, Calif. – It’s late, lazy afternoon and people are starting to wander over to Downtown Plaza Park. A band is testing their mics and families set up at outdoor tables. Neighbors and pets greet each other as they scan the choices and line up. Oxnard’s Taco Palooza Goes Beyond the Food Truck!
It’s Oxnard’s First Thursday and the Food Trucks are back in town.
Part food event, part summer party, hungry foodies from all over Ventura County come for the creative cuisine but stay for the entertainment.
The food trucks started rolling up to the Oxnard areas three short years ago. At the time, there was only one other truck event in the county but with the food truck trend growing, the demand was clear and local vendors worked together to answer the call.
The food truck line-up has consistently offered diverse selections and continues to expand its offerings with fan favorites such as Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rice Balls of Fire, It’s in the Sauce, Sweet Arleen’s, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Mr. Softee, Maria’s Kitchen, Shrimp vs Chef, and The Grilled Cheese Truck.
And while locals gobble up everything from pork belly sliders, cheesy mac and rib melts, red velvet cupcakes and Texas BBQ, others come and soak up the atmosphere. Every month, a live band comes and plays at the plaza, so patrons can enjoy the music in line or with a glass of wine at the nearby Sugar Beets Restaurant & Bar.
Families find the food trucks a fun, economical night out for all. Children munch on mini burgers while parents have their choice of “grown-up” cuisine without breaking the bank.
The only complaint heard?
“It’s gone too soon.”
Get it while it lasts, folks
Downtown Oxnard Gourmet Food Trucks
1st Thursday monthly
5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Plaza Park, 500 South C St.
Along with great food, enjoy musical entertainment. Plenty of free parking on the street and in public lots. Plaza Park is pet-friendly. Limited seating provided. Feel free to bring a folding chair. Follow on Twitter or Instagram: @oxnardfoodtruks, and Facebook for the latest information.
For a list of the upcoming month’s confirmed trucks, please go to http://www.downtownoxnard.org/index.php/activities/food_trucks
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