by Eren Tataragasi



HUNTERSVILLE – With the food truck craze sweeping the nation, Historic Rural Hill is getting in on the action and hosting its first Food Truck Rally featuring some of Charlotte’s most popular food trucks.

Food trucks, which perhaps were once known for having cheap, not-so-great fare, have become increasingly popular the last several years. They offer unique, flavorful gourmet creations without the restaurant prices or need for reservations.

All anyone has to do in downtown Charlotte is walk down to the street to find their favorite vendor.

But on July 27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. all visitors have to do is show up with empty stomachs and try the array of vendors set up on the hill where their delicacies will be served.

“We’ve heard (rallies) have done well in and around Charlotte, and we thought it would be fun to try it in a unique location,” Rural Hill’s Executive Director Jeff Fissell..

Fissell said Lynn Henderson, one of the founding members and past board member of the Catawba Valley Scottish Society, which runs Rural Hill, played a big part in getting the food rally to happen.

“The food truck phenomenon is huge all over the country and is growing in popularity in the Charlotte area,” Henderson said.

Henderson works with Charlotte Center City Partners, which last year organized an event called Chow Down Uptown to give the food truck vendors more exposure.

“Chow Down is a food truck rally with a dozen or more trucks coming together and it has proven to be a huge hit,” Henderson said. “Trucks routinely sell out as large crowds enjoy a variety of types of foods. When we began last year we had a list of 15 trucks who met the guidelines for inclusion and now there are 33 with more each day. Food truck rallies have proven to be a hit in several locations in Charlotte but none have yet been done in north Mecklenburg.”

Fissell said there will be 12 to 15 food trucks parked in the field Friday, and visitors can pick one to eat at or sample food from various vendors.

“I think the trucks are excited because it will expose them to some new customers,” Henderson said.

There will also be live music from the Moonshine Racers, children’s activities, cornhole and hayrides.

“We just think it’s going to be a fun thing to do,” Fissell said. “We don’t have a lot in the middle of summer, so it’s a fun opportunity to introduce Huntersville and Lake Norman to food trucks in Charlotte and an excuse to enjoy a beautiful venue that is Rural Hill and spend the evening having a good time, enjoying good food, music and relaxing.”

The Food Truck Rally is Friday, July 27 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but food pricing will vary by food truck menu.

For information, directions and event information, visit www.ruralhill.net or call 704-875-3113.

A who’s who of food trucks

The July 27 Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill will include food truck vendors Wingzza, Smoke and Go, TCBY, Charlie’s Pizza Mobile, Tasty-yo, Outdoor Feasts (Dan the Pig Man), The Roaming Fork, Harvest Moon Grille, The Homegrown Crepe, Sahlen’s Grillin’ Wagon, Maki Taco and I Scream 4 Ice Cream.