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Did you miss the last food truck festival?

Original post made on Oct 11, 2011

Attend the Gourmet Food Truck Festival which will feature over 20 Bay Area food trucks from 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Ave., Gate 8. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the live music, food and fun. Food trucks will include Chairman Bao, Naked Chorizo, Sunshine Susan, That's Sweet, BBQ Kalibi and many more. Admission fee is $3; children are free. Visit [Web Link].

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Comments (12)

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

Sounds like a good time. I've been wanting to check out a gourmet food truck for a while and this sounds like the perfect time.

Posted by jim, a resident of Val Vista
on Oct 11, 2011 at 10:21 am

I am sure that the local restaurants love this. There is enough competition now from restaurants that pay all the fees and licenses and are barely making it.
San Ramon makes these trucks pay a $1000 fee to come in to the city.

Posted by ?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:34 am

$3 plus parking for the opportunity to purchase food?

Seems like you guys have got this backwards. You should be providing discounts to attract new customers.

Posted by Curious, a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 11, 2011 at 11:43 am

Went to the last one and was disappointed. The prices were high compared to the quantity and quality of the food. There were really no options for kids and the beer prices were outrageous. I really did not experience or taste anything remarkable and could have prepared a nice picnic in the park much cheaper and not had to wait in long lines.

I question why the prices were so high considering the trucks are not having to pay rent, waiters, and utilities.

Posted by Carlos, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Oct 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I am going to send my 3 year old in there by himself-he's free to get in.

Posted by JD, a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Oct 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

I haven't been there so I can't comment on the prices, food etc... To "curious" you say they don't have to pay rent. Do you think the fairgrounds are letting them stay there for free? I'm sure they are being charged for that privilege.

Posted by CW, a resident of Avila
on Oct 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

A much better deal can be had at the Pleasanton Walmart on Tuesday afternoons where the food trucks gather, with no admission or parking fee.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

CW -- These are supposedly the gourment food trucks that serve more upscale food.

Curious -- I also heard their prices are too high for what you get. I think maybe they charge restaurant prices for slightly better than normal food truck product.

After thinking about it, I would probably buy something from one of these trucks if it was at an event, but probably not as a destination in itself, especially with admission.

Posted by IJustWorkHere, a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 14, 2011 at 10:27 am

The Chairman BAO truck is worth it. Yummy pork belly in a bun gets it every time.

Posted by Wow, a resident of Downtown
on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:25 am

I've never seen such a Debbie Downer attitude toward something that is supposed to be fun. If you don't like it simply don't go. Can't understand all of the negativity. Must be all the bad news in the media. Stop watching TV, get outside, enjoy the fresh air. Life in Pleasanton is much better than I'd believe from the majority of posts here. :-)

Posted by CW, a resident of Avila
on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:31 am

Steve - I have been to both events. The gourment food trucks that attend the Walmart event are comperable to the ones at the fairground without the associated entrance and parking fees.

Posted by CW, a resident of Avila
on Oct 14, 2011 at 11:37 am

Also they don't charge 2.00 for a soft drink because they know you can go into Walmart and get the same drink for less.

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