Man am I glad I tossed the words “Rumor” and “Conjecture around a lot in yesterday’s post – except those couple of times I used the words “confirmed.” I take that back. So, here’s the latest that’s making its way to our inboxes here at Denver Street Food – and yes, some of it directly contradicts what you read here yesterday.
Apparently the incoming vendors can’t afford the steep fees associated with Cinco de Mayo. I’ve heard this before when I’ve asked why trucks don’t hit up the big festivals at Civic Center Park. How in the hell do the taco stands do it?! So from what I can tell, vendors are scattering around the city. Here’s what I know so far:
I haven’t seen much incoming news from Hodge Podge, Roxy’s Grill, and Lime – three vendors who were the first to reach out to folks here in Denver, and I haven’t heard a peep out of Devilicious. I don’t know much about the show, but some folks have suggested that maybe one (or more?) of the trucks have been handed unique challenges, specific locations, or specific vendors with which they can work. I have no idea, but when I hear something, you’ll hear something. I do know that Chef Michou of Chicago Louie’s is being unusually quiet on the topic, though, and if you know him, that’s just weird.
It’s reality TV, right? Twists and turns and all that jazz are exactly what the Food Network wants here, so all trucks are subject to having the rugs pulled out from under them at every step. So, I’ll keep posting what I know here, but your best bet is to follow the local vendors that we’ve been mentioning here, or follow the twitter list we use here at Denver Street Food. That way you’ll get up to the minute information from all the vendors as things actually happen this weekend. You can also keep tabs via the #greatfoodtruckrace hashtag on twitter, though many of our local vendors don’t seem to be using that yet. Hopefully they will!
All that said, the trucks should have arrived last night or will arrive this morning, so I suspect that news will start flowing soon! Has anyone spotted any trucks yet? Or heard anything else? Let us know what you know in the comments!