Food Trucks Roll Into Westchase Twice in June

Both events are paired with other community activities, including this month's Movie in the Park.


If you love food trucks, you'll have a chance to enjoy them on two occasions right in the neighborhood next month.

The Westchase Dads Club and Westchase Community Association will welcome a variety of food trucks to the neighborhood on June 2 and June 8, respectively.

The Dads Club Mini Golf Challenge and Food Truck Rally will take place at beginning at 10 a.m. on June 2.

 The event will feature mini-golf challenges and costs $10 to enter for the games. Food trucks cost are seperate. The trucks on site will include Tasty Stacy's, Keep'n it Real, American Wiener, Wicked 'Wiches and Whatever Pops will be available for hungry golfers from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"I hope people take away the thought that having a great time and supporting the school and community can be one and the same," said Eric Holt, organizer and Westchase Dads Club member. "Being engaged is important, but it can be easy as well."

Holt said the Dad's Club got its idea to add food trucks after the successful food truck rally held by Robinson High School student Ben Weiner and the Westchase Community Association in March.

Weiner organized the event for a school project. Hundreds of residents showed up for the event held at the West Park Village Swim and Tennis Center.

The community association will host its own food truck rally on June 8 at 6 p.m. WCA community manager Debbie Sainz said the success of the March event prompted them to bring the food trucks back to Westchase.

"It was great and a lot of people loved it," Sainz said.

The June 8 food truck rally will be held before the community's Movie in the Park. The movie begins around sundown at Baybridge Park. The feature will be the 1968 original version of "The Love Bug."

"The concept is good food and a movie," Sainz said.

The June 8 Westchase Community Association food truck rally will include the following trucks: Mr. Empanada, Jimmy Meatballs, Burger Culture, Just Smokin BBQ, Fat Tortillas and Unforgettable Cupcakes.

For more information about the Westchase Dad's Club event check out the group's Facebook Page. For more information about the WCA Food Truck event call 813-926-6404.

Want to go?

Westchase Dads Club Mini-Golf Challenge and Food Truck Rally

When: June 2 at 10 a.m.

Where: , 9517 W. Linebaugh Ave.

Cost: $10

Westchase Community Assocition Food Truck Rally and Movie in the Park

When: June 8 (6 p.m. for Food Truck Rally; Movie begins at sundown)

Where: West Park Village Swim and Tennis Center, 10033 Parley Drive.

Cost: Free admission

Nine Eagles Mom May 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Food Truck Rallies may be okay occasionally, but remember to support the businesses who have been in the Westchase Community for years. Everytime we support one of these businesses on wheels (from who knows where), that's money spent filling our tummies that may have been spent locally.
Nicole Hutcheson May 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Good point "Nine Eagles Mom." In my opinion it would be great to see our local restaurants do more outdoor events in the community like tastings and festivals. Something to think about....
Debbie Sainz - Westchase Assoc Manager May 31, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Just as an FYI to everyone, our June 8th rally is in honor of our nations military veterans. A portion of the evenings proceeds is being donated to The Disabled American Veterans and The Wounded Warrior Project, both of which assist our wounded veterans and their families. We look forward to seeing everyone here that night to enjoy great food followed by a movie in the park. Help us support our troops.
Ben Weiner June 05, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The WCA food truck rallies were only approved on a quarterly basis, however, this does not stop independent rallies and business contracting food trucks at other times for their events. Additionally, Keep in mind that the food truck rallies, when advertised and promoted correctly, bring hundreds of people to Westchase that normally, would not venture to this area. As a result of long lines and post-rally boredom, the local businesses benefit. Many businesses, such as Catch Twenty-Three, World of Beer, Burger 21, and Tijuana Flats may benefit from this overflow. World of Beer took advantage of this during the Westchase Dad's Club rally by promoting one free draft beer with any food truck receipt. While I understand and agree with your point, I believe the food trucks add a sense of community and entertainment to a community that rarely provides those type of events. The money to the food trucks also stimulates our local economy by keeping the profits local and away from the major chains. Whether St. Petersburg, Brandon, or Tampa, it's all still local food and chefs.


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