Having attended numerous food tasting events in Atlanta and elsewhere, I must say Saturday’s Taste & Brews at the Atlanta Food Truck Park on Howell Mill was one of the best organized in recent memory, and the weather was perfect. Signage, however, wasn’t great. I ended up parking across the street and walking around the fenced in area, only to discover the entrance was in the back, by the $10 event parking. No worries, I saved ten bucks!
And thankfully so…I would need it later. Attendees received wristbands with five tabs, each good for a sample from one of the ten colorfully painted food trucks. I thought the advertising was a bit misleading when it came to the food, given the small size of the samples. However, the food trucks’ regular menus were available for purchase, the beer was plentiful and the volunteers that poured it were knowledgable and friendly.
Not surprisingly, I ran into some beer loving friends, SS and his buddy EL. We tried a variety of IPA’s, pale ales, and stouts, returning to the Shock Top booth for their generous pours. Monday Night Brewing and Cherry Street Brewing Co-op were among the local standouts. Jacob and the Good People performed onstage and DJ Suspense entertained the crowd between sets.
We methodically tried samples from five of the trucks, ending with a yummy mini crepe with Nutella and diced strawberries from Crepe Suzette (the only time we stood in a line), then strolled over to the Frozen Pints booth where I had a glorious spoonful of their brown ale chip ice cream made with craft beer.
My favorite savory bite was an egg roll from Pho Sho, a truck that offers Vietnamese pho soup and updated versions of the bahn mi sandwich. Many beers later, I spent my last $7 on a pulled pork bahn mi. Crunchy julienned veggies, tender pork, and fresh cilantro inside a French baguette. It was contructed exactly like the ones at Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway, however, the bread was somewhat chewy. I would like to try their pho some time soon.
This was an awesome event for food truck enthusiasts and beer lovers alike! Next time, I’ll bring more cash.