The Birmingham Food Park celebrated its grand opening today! I went out for lunch, and we had an awesome time – read about it here.
I’m ignoring, for now, the idea of a park where food trucks can all come together. It might seem like it defeats the purpose of food trucks, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Giving food trucks a guaranteed audience holds potential for both trucks and their hungry patrons.
Featuring The Hot Tag, Encore Rouge, Fat Mama’s Lunchbox, and Steel City Pops, the park offers a space for a shifting roster of food trucks to open up for lunch. While there wasn’t any band when I was there, the website promises occasional live music. The Hot Tag brought a bluetooth speaker they played music from, though.
The size of the park immediately strikes visitors. It might have come down to the opening-day swell of crowds, but this place couldn’t take any more people! The park, per se, is a former parking lot with shaded benches in it and space for vendors to set up. I ate at the Hot Tag. They had actually run out of quesadillas, so I got a Free Bird sandwich (fried chicken and whiskey cole slaw on texas toast – it’s amazing).
What can you expect? That’s a very good question. I’m not certain you can actually expect anything. Yes, there will be food trucks! But what food trucks arrive, how large a crowd will visit, and the weather are all subject to change. Give this park a shot, again and again!