Last year’s Haute Wheels, a celebration of the food truck culture, was the first of its kind in Houston. Unfortunately the party was spoiled for many.
Perhaps it was the novelty of the event, or maybe it was the perfect spring weather day or it could have been the excitement of the chance to visit 20 food trucks in one location. No matter the reason, within hours of opening day, 3,000 people descended on the festival. The result: long lines and plenty of unhappy people. Adding to the frustration, many of the trucks ran out of food.
“We learned a lot from that experience,” said Debra Ford of Food and Vine Productions, who organized the event. “This year, we’ve made some significant changes -- all designed to make the event more enjoyable for visitors and food truck owners alike.”
Perhaps the most important change is that organizers are limiting the number of visitors to 2,500 each day and they've bumped up the number of trucks participating to 34. There will be a lot more shade, organizers promise, as well as tables and chairs in the Beer and Wine Garden. In addition, the food trucks will be paring down their menus to be able to serve more people more quickly.
“Above all, people need to remember that this is not fast food, it’s all made from scratch,” Ford said.
This year’s festival will be noon-5 p.m. May 12-13 in the parking lot of Houston Community College Southwest West Loop Campus, 5601 West Loop South. Tickets are $16, which includes $5 worth of concession tickets. Free admission for ages 12 and younger.
For a list of participating trucks, a schedule of live music and to purchase of tickets, visit: hautewheelshouston.com.