Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Grazin' Is a Gas at Food Truck Extravaganza Vietnamese, Tacos Roll into Town

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Grazin' Is a Gas at Food Truck Extravaganza Vietnamese, Tacos Roll into Town

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A long line formed to get into the Monroeville Convention Center Saturday for the fourth annual Food Truck A Palooza, the trademarked spelling of an annual event put on by Good Taste! Pittsburgh.

Doors opened promptly at noon, and the crowd flooded the aisles between rows of 23 food trucks and other vendors.

Industrial-sized fans blew from all directions, moving the aroma of fried food around the hall where, last year, proceeds of $2,000 benefited the Monroeville Fire Department.

"We hope to exceed that this year," said Good Taste! owner Dee Weinberg.

This year's event was based around 30 vendors, although seven pulled out. The theme, "Around the World in 30 Trucks," featured Canadian poutine, Vietnamese pho and banh mi, tacos, teriyaki chicken, mac and cheese, and crepes.

Firefighters staffed the event, in part to monitor carbon monoxide levels with hand-held CO meters.

"I don't think there has ever been an issue," firefighter Kaitlyn Bair said.

"One year, there was a problem with one generator," noted firefighter Ryland Amato, "but it wasn't bad enough" to require people to evacuate the building.

T.J. and Cam Fowler brought their 3-0-Pho To Go truck to the event for the first time. They sell Vietnamese food at events in and around Pittsburgh, but their site for stalwarts is in Morgantown, W.Va. Because the area code is 304 for the whole state, they played on the number in the name of their truck, Mr. Fowler said.

"We are the only Vietnamese food truck in West Virginia," he said, noting that his wife is Vietnamese.

The all-afternoon event included entertainment. People tried their hand at ax-throwing in a cage provided by Lumberjaxes from Millvale.

Ice sculptor Rich Bubin, owner of Ice Creations, had sculpted the bar that sold IC Light Beer. It would take more than 12 hours to melt, he said. …

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