Start your engines and gear up for a food-truck experience like no other. Serving up some of the best grub on wheels, the third Food Truck Frolic promises to entertain and satisfy all taste buds in attendance.
On Sunday, March 22, 10 trucks will be parked at Ogden Park ready to serve up all they can to help raise funds for the new Ogden skate park. Members of the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County will be looking for some input on what people want included in the new skate-park project.
“We started [the Food Truck Frolic] as a way to build awareness and raise money for the Parks Conservancy of NHC and wanted to do something unique for the event,” Janine Powell, development manager at the conservancy, says. “Other park systems in the state had good success with food-truck events, and no one had done one yet in Wilmington. At the first frolic we had six venders participate. This year we have 10 lined up.”
The Parks Conservancy of NHC is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds to support our county’s parks. New Hanover County has more than 1,500 acres of parks that include walking trails, tennis courts, playgrounds, boat ramps, athletic fields, and a long stretching list of other facilities. The conservancy was established not only to maintain our parks, but to make sure they thrive and grow to meet the needs of one of the most populated, fastest-growing counties in the state. The Food Truck Frolic helps.
“The skate park fills a need in the northern part of the county,” Powell says. “The closest skate park for kids in this part of town is 9 miles away. Ogden Park is a great location because it’s surrounded by neighborhoods full of kids and is easily accessible to a lot of skaters. New Hanover County Commissioners have allocated $265,000 for this project. Our plan with the Food Truck Frolic is to raise funds to enhance the skate park and make it the best we possibly can.”
In the food-truck craze that seems to be sweeping the nation, Wilmington has a lot to offer. Catch, Poor Piggy’s Barbecue, P.T.’s Grille, Trolly Stop, La Bella Airosa, Tasty Tees, Granny Niece Ice Cream, and Vittles are just a few of the mobile eateries that will be serving up everything from hot dogs to gourmet treats to desserts. This year there will be a mobile clothing store for attendee’s to shop at even.
Chef Keith Rhodes, voted Wilmington’s Best Chef for three consecutive years, will be at Ogden Park with Catch the Food Truck. A self-taught chef, Rhodes was a James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast. Known for his passion and enthusiasm for seafood, Rhodes is a stickler for fish and sustainably raised seafood. He was also a contestant on season nine of Bravo’s “Top Chef.” His menu will include six different tacos with local seafood and organic produce, fried catfish, crispy pork belly, crab cake, lobster sliders, and more.
Another food truck prepped and ready for the event is Fermental, a local Wilmington beer and wine shop who will be serving beer throughout the day for attendees to quench their thirst. If beer isn’t your thing, Noni Bacca, a local wine shop, will be serving vino. They expect 4,000-plus people to attend, with food tastes from around the globe and music by Boba Funk.
“We are very excited about this event because of all the trucks and entertainment lined up,” Powell tells. “Most importantly, we are excited to raise funds for the new skate park. We want people to come out and have fun first of all, but we’re also looking to get feedback and input on what people want to see in the new park.”
The event takes place March 22. The Food Truck Frolic is free to attend, and members of the Parks Conservancy NHC are looking forward to hearing everyone’s opinions for the new skate park. People are encouraged to bring out their families, dogs, and chairs and blankets to make an afternoon of the event, which starts at noon and runs until 5 p.m.
Food Truck Frolic
615 Odgen Park Dr.
Sunday, March 22, noon