Cabarrus

Food trucks bring variety to Friday nights in Concord

The Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday offers families and others in the community options for a fun evening out.

Concord residents Jeremy and Golda Jay enjoyed a recent picnic dinner with their sons, Jonas, 3, and Isaac, 1, along with Golda’s father Robert Waselovich, visiting from Minneapolis.

They sat on a blanket in the grass, in the vacant lot behind the old creamery building on North Union Street in Concord, enjoying their meal as children danced to the music played by DJ Big Pop.

“I came all the way here just for this.” Waselovich jokingly said. “I kept seeing (Golda’s) Facebook posts about it and I had to experience it for myself.”

While the grandchildren were the real reason for his visit, Waselovich said he was impressed with the community atmosphere and he wished they would do something like it in his hometown.

On April 24, about 2,000 people came to sample foods from eight vendors, each offering specialties. From appetizers like lobster nachos at the All-Star Cafe truck to signature desserts including bacon-wrapped fried cheesecake at the MasterBacon’s Bacon Response Unit – a food truck made from a chemical plant emergency response vehicle – there is something for everyone.

KO Food Truck, Papa Robb’s Paradise Ice, SMAX Flatbread Grill, Smoke & Go barbecue, The Art of Baking Inc. and The Plated Palette rounded out the available vendors.

Greg Helmandollar, chef for MasterBacon, started the Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday in August. He tried different venues and chose the old creamery location this April as the permanent home for the warmer months.

During the winter the event may return to the Chapter 27 Disabled American Veterans site on Rock Hill Church Road for indoor dining, but he said he prefers the outdoor atmosphere. Helmandollar said the $50 per truck lot fee goes toward paying for the entertainment and obtaining the permits to do business. Extra funds are donated to the DAV.

Both of the Concord trucks, All-Star Cafe and MasterBacon’s Bacon Response Unit, share the kitchen at the Chapter 27 DAV for prep work, paying rent which helps support the DAV. Another local food truck vendor may join them soon in utilizing the kitchen.

At times the lines get long for the trucks. “We will be adding more trucks now that the numbers are demanding it,” Helmandollar said. “It is a tough balancing act. You don’t want to have too many trucks with too few people but you also don’t want too many people with too few trucks.”

Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at martyprice53@gmail.com.

Want to go?

The vendors change from week to week, for a complete list of the vendors available, go to the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CabarrusFoodTrucks?fref=ts. The event runs 5-9 p.m. Fridays at 363 N. Church St. behind the old creamery building in Concord.

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