Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Food Trucks Move Indoors for Winter

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Food Trucks Move Indoors for Winter

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It's the first week of the New Year, and already there's a great opportunity to destroy your healthy eating resolutions.

GoodTaste! Pittsburgh is organizing the region's first indoor food truck festival.

"Food Truck-a-Palooza: Winter" debuts from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Monroeville Convention Center.

More than 20 food trucks will bring their usual eats, plus there will be four live bands, a craft market, beer stands and big screens showing playoff football. Children's activities will include airbrush tattooing, balloon hats, inflatables and more. Diners will get to vote for their favorite food truck.

Most of the food trucks will hail from the Pittsburgh area, except for the Philly Buster Food Truck, which is based in Columbus, Ohio (even though it sounds like it should be from Philadelphia). Festival organizer Dee Weinberg said that while some food truckers take a hiatus during the winter, others are actively searching for outlets like this one to increase their off-season business.

Other trucks on the list are Billu's Indian Grill, Bruster's Ice Cream, BullDawgs, Burgh Bites, The Coop Chicken and Waffles, Evil Swine BBQ, Franktuary, Hott Dawgz, La Palapa, Mac & Gold Truck, Meat Here!, North Park Lounge Truck, Oakmont BBQ, Oh My Grill, PGH Halal, Pittsburgh Sandwich Society, Pittsburgh Camper Booth, Revival Chili, South Side BBQ, Wicked Ribs N'at and Zeke's Coffee.

Ms. Weinberg had heard about indoor food truck festivals in other cities, but this is the first one for the Pittsburgh region. The Monroeville Convention Center has 30-foot ceilings and enough space to pull all the trucks indoors.

"We're just trying to make it a really nice family day at the beginning of January when nothing else is going on," Ms. Weinberg said.

Admission is $10; purchases from food trucks are extra. Proceeds benefit the Monroeville Volunteer Fire Department. Information: goodtastepittsburgh.com.

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