One of the city's mightiest food truck gatherings is back, and this time it's two days long. The Mobile Food Rodeo returns May 3 and 4, but here's where things get a little tricky.
The parade of food trucks begins on Saturday the 3rd in the International District, at the big red gate at Sixth and King. This first day is dedicated to tacos, and goes by the moniker Taco Libre Truck Showdown. The next day, May 4, festivities return to the previous location at the site of the Fremont market.
Clearly organizer Ryan Reiter faced some logistical challenges, but he made the proverbial lemonade and is viewing the weekend as basically "two big truck pods at either end of town." He says Saturday's ID location is also optimal for people going to the Sounders game that night.
For Saturday's taco showdown, 25 well-known local trucks will be serving tacos, or taco-adjacent creations—even if they aren't usually on the menu—and $5 bites as well as regular menus. Showing up and eating said tacos enfranchises you to vote for your favorite.
Also on the agenda: a beer garden, luchador wrestling by Lucha Libre Volcanica, and a soiree (full name: Chino Barrio Disco Dance Party) happening in the Uwajimaya lot.
On Sunday, festivities relocate to Fremont, more than 45 food trucks will serve $5 bites and regular fare, and wrestlers from last night's luchador wrestling face off in the championship. Yes, there is definitely a beer garden.
In summary, a taco-themed food truck festival in Chinatown on Saturday, followed by a non-taco food truck festival in Fremont on Sunday. Here is the latest lineup of food trucks, plus info on admission (which is free, but a $25 upgrade lets you skip lines) and the schedule.
Saturday, May 3: 5-11pm, Sixth and King. Sunday, May 4: