By Nina Barone:
Tonight, food truck fans and those in the shrinking population of “yet to track a truck down” will have a chance to feast from an array of options at the Food Truck Rodeo. Nine trucks will be parked at the Buffalo Historical Society, located at One Museum Ct. (Corner of Elmwood and Nottingham), Buffalo, NY 14216. From, enjoy dinner or a snack with proceeds to benefit the Buffalo Historical Society. Music will be provided by DJ Cutler.
“We were inspired to hold this event to raise food truck awareness,” said Pete Cimino, co-owner of Lloyd Taco Trucks. “There are so many people who still don’t know that food trucks are open daily in Western New York. We know it may be difficult for people to find us during lunch because of scheduling restrictions, so we thought this would be a great way to give people, especially families, an opportunity to come out and experience it.”
Organized by Cimino, the event is the first of its kind in Buffalo. In addition to Lloyd Taco Trucks, the event will include Knight Slider, Black Market Food Truck, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Thai Me Up, Hot Off the Press, House of Munch, R&R BBQ and Roaming Buffalo.
Cimino said he wanted to reach out to an organization that was a city staple and felt the Buffalo Historical Society was a perfect match in terms of location and mission. “There’s plenty of parking, it’s easy to get to, and wonderful green space and ambiance,” said Cimino, who added the Historical Society has been extremely welcoming to them and they look forward to forging a long-term relationship.
“We wanted to invite all the trucks to demonstrate the camaraderie we all share and to provide a vast selection of cuisine to our guests,” said Cimino.
Cimino said cities across the country with thriving food truck scenes hold events such as this on a regular basis. He and business partner, Chris Dorsaneo, attended a large event in Honolulu he said “definitely left a lasting impression.” Rochester has run similar events in which Lloyd participated and they hope to have their trucks included for the next one in Buffalo.
Photo from WNY Food Truck Association