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Food Truck Rodeo hits Ogden with record number of trucks, expected crowd of 10,000

The county's 11th semiannual food truck gathering will feature 31 trucks with an expected crowd of roughly 10,000 people.

The Food Truck Rodeo held at Hugh MacRae Park last fall. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover County Parks and Gardens)
The Food Truck Rodeo, held at Hugh MacRae Park last fall, drew roughly 10,000 people. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy New Hanover County Parks and Gardens)

WILMINGTON  — A record 31 food trucks will gather at Odgen Park on Sunday for the 11th biannual Food Truck Rodeo hosted by the Parks Conservancy of New Hanover County. The non-profit conservation group was established in 2012 and now supports 19 county-maintained parks through fundraising, volunteerism, and advocacy.

Jodi Rich, a spokesperson for the New Hanover County Parks and Gardens department, said the event has grown in popularity since its kickoff in 2014, which drew eight food trucks. She said last year’s spring and fall events each drew approximately 10,000 people.

“It’s a big day for the food trucks,” Rich said.

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According to Rich, the trucks will give 10 percent of the day’s sales to the county’s parks and gardens department to fund certain projects and educational initiatives.

Rich also said the event was an opportunity for the community to come together, socialize, and enjoy a wide diversity of “food on wheels”, including Latin, BBQ, dessert, and the “California Mexican street food” of Catch the Food Truck — which has been serving at the event since its beginning, according to Rich.

“It’s kind of a win-win for everyone,” Rich said.

According to the Weather Channel’s 10-day forecast, Sunday shows intervals of clouds and sunshine in the morning with more clouds later in the day, a slight chance of a rain shower, a high near 75 degrees, and winds approaching from the southwest at 10 to 15 miles per hour.

Details

  • When: Sunday, March 31, from 12-5 p.m.
  • Where: Ogden Park (615 Ogden Dr.)
  • Cost: free (bring money to purchase food and beverages)
  • Live Music: Boba Funk (specializes in funk, R&B, and “anything you can dance to”)
  • Contact: nhcparksconservancy@nhcgov.com for more information.

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