Fans of the popular monthly event, “Food Truck Fridays,” as well as those who haven’t tried it yet, should take note that the specialty food truck caravan will be back on Dec. 2. The location is the courtyard area of the Palmetto Bay Village Center, 18001 Old Cutler Rd., and it takes place from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. There are tables and chairs for 200 people and visitors may bring folding chairs and tables or picnic blankets of their own if they wish.
JoAnn Parns, special events coordinator, said she thinks it is proving to be a fun family event.
“We always have music, be it a band or deejay, and there’s a stage where the kids can dance,” Parns said. “There are nice restrooms and security in the garages and parking spaces. The food lines tend to get longer later in the evening, so people may want to get there early and eat, and then just hang out with their friends.”
There are about 25 different vendors offering a wide variety of fast food, gourmet items and treats. Last month’s trucks included: Catered Bliss, CheeseMe Mobile, Divan Bakery & Coffee, Dolci Peccati Gelato, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, Grill Master Café, Gypsy Kitchen, Kitchen Kabab, Latin Burger & Taco, Mac ‘n, Miso Hungry, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms. Cheezious, Palate Party, Papa’s Tapas, Pass D’ Pasta, The Pork Shop, The Real Chill, The Red Koi, The Rolling Stove and Sugar Yummy Mama.
It is by the bay, and parking in the guarded and gated facility is $5. For more event info, call 786-249-0946.
Parns said there also is a very special Food Truck event coming up on Dec. 31 that residents may be interested in attending.
“We’re going to have an open air concert called ‘Starry Night — A New Fashioned New Year’s Eve’ with American Idol winner Ruben Studdard as the featured performer,” Parns said. “In addition we’re having two local bands, ‘The Reggs’ and ‘Mr. Nice Guy.’
“Ruben will perform for 90 minutes and he brings a six-piece band of his own,” Parns added. “Admission is $50 a person, presale, which includes the concert, two drinks and a midnight champagne, and we’ll have a screen showing the ball drop. It runs from 7 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and the gates open at 6:30 p.m.”
Tickets are available online at www.PalmettoBayNewYearsEve.com.