The first food trucks were pulled by horses, which often ate all the ingredients themselves and were forced to earn the money back by arranging fixed races with their friends. Gallop toward savory satisfaction with today's Groupon to the 2012 Palm Springs Food Truck Festival held Saturday, February 4, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Spa Resort Casino parking lot. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two general-admission passes (a $20 value).
- For $40, you get two VIP passes (an $80 value), which include:
- Early admission at 10 a.m.
- Free water and soda from event-sponsored booths
- Entrance to the postfestival Meet-N-Greet mixer
- Entry into drawing for a free weekend to Las Vegas
The 2012 Palm Springs Food Truck Festival, organized by PBS TV–host Cliff Young, beckons patrons of all ages to nibble on varied high-end cuisine from more than 40 of Southern California’s food trucks. The mobile eateries showcase their finest belly fillers throughout the parking lot of the Spa Resort Casino, free of the typical traffic jams and living shopping carts. Great Balls on Tires' experienced Californian chef whips up savory meatballs, and the Mandoline Grill truck transports vegan-friendly Vietnamese fare. Serving the same dishes as its eatery operating since 1963, the Pie N’ Burger truck comforts tongues with traditional American eats.
VIP guests are also awarded added bonuses, including complimentary beverages and entrance to a postfest mingling session with the truck owners, making them feel as cherished as an aloe plant at a fire-walking ritual.
Palm Springs Food Truck Festival
More than 50 food trucks will roll in from all over Southern California this year for the Palm Springs Food Truck Festival, a culinary event organized by Cliff Young of PBS' Out to Eat. Participants range from Oooh La La Crepes to Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, a truck specializing in encased meats such as cilantro-infused duck sausages or Zonker Stout Habanero Cherry Buffalo brats. Festival-goers can also snack on free samples, sip brews in a beer garden, or digest to the beat of live music.