- Matthew Schniper
Food trucks are seemingly everywhere now, as evidenced by the growing number of local meet-ups. In early April, organizer of the Colorado Springs Food Truck Alliance and 719 Hump Day Food Truck Rally, Jamie Faulkner of Wild Goose Catering & BBQ, told the Indy he counted more than 80 members at the time, but he knew of even more trucks around town.
At Sunday, May 5’s Food Truck Cook-Off, hosted by the Small Business Development Center at the Broadmoor World Arena, 32 of those area trucks competed — I co-judged the final round, and we awarded the Filipino Food Truck top honors, while the People’s Choice Award went to Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck.
In addition to Hump Day (at Brayla Weddings & Events at 2165 Academy Place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.), which plans to run indefinitely, we’re aware of a few more rallies: Food Truck Tuesdays have returned to the Pioneers Museum for the season, running from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Oct. 29. Big R in the Widefield Square Shopping Center at 161 Fontaine Blvd. hosts Saturdays at the Square from noon to 4 p.m., year-round; and another new assembly of trucks just launched at April’s end. It’s called Food Truck Fridays at The Market at Spring Creek.
Said shopping center sits at 1640 S. Circle Drive, just north of Monterey Road, and project coordinator for the center Holly Abes says she aims to host trucks through September, with future dates to be determined. Abes’ employer, Western Centers, which owns many properties in the metro Denver area, took over The Market at Spring Creek in October. She says they’ve repainted and added LED lighting, but that’s just the beginning of improvements ahead aimed at revitalizing the area and attracting new businesses. Abes says she’s contracted local artists Erin Gillespie and Scotch! to create murals on-site, and that plans call for more than a dozen sculpture installations too, and potentially some park land to replace some of the pavement. “We want to make this a place for the community to meet, eat and play,” she says.