Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2014, Advice from Day One: Get the Lobster Roll, Bring Cash, Prepare for Lines

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Evie Carpenter
The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady is a must-eat if you're in for quality over quantity.
In its third year, New Times' annual Street Eats Food Truck Festival has become a must-attend event for the food truck fan and novice alike. I've attended (and written about it) every time. After a warm, filling Day One at this year's Street Eats, I can tell you that this year's festival is a good one, but I do have some advice for you if you're heading out tomorrow.

As always there were some delicious bites, but long lines and confusion over payment methods made the first day of the festival at Salt River Fields a challenge.

See also: Street Eats Food Truck Festival 2013, Day One: Shorter Lines, Better Organized Than Last Year, and We Share Our Favorite (and Not So Favorite) Tastes

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Evie Carpenter
Plenty of people showed up of the first day of this year's Street Eats Festival.

The first thing you'll need to know this year is that you need to buy tokens in order to be able to buy food at all of the trucks. Some will also take cash and others will take credit/debit cards, but there are quite a few that will only accept tokens. And it's a real bummer to find that out when you've already waited in a long line.

Warning: You can only buy the silver food and drink tokens at two tents set up at either end of the event. They cost $2 each and can be bought only with cash -- which is also important to know before you wait in yet another long line to get them. Good news: There are ATMs available on site.

As far as the food goes, if you're going for the quality over quantity then The Main Lobster Lady should be your first stop. But you won't get in on this delicious lobster action without a substantial investment of time and money. We waited for an hour and forked up nearly $20 for a Traditional Style Maine Lobster Roll.

We had no regrets. It was easily the best thing we ate all day. It's a simple sandwich but features impressive chunks of Maine Lobster inside a warm buttered roll. The lobster is remarkably fresh and if you close your eyes you might even be able to pretend that you're dining seaside. When we left the fest around 4 p.m. the truck still had a huge line but unlike in years past hadn't run out of food.

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Salt River Fields

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

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15 comments
Marissa Calderon
Marissa Calderon

$12 door charge, plus food and drink costs, $20 for a few chunks of lobster on a hot dog bun? These food trucks out here are getting out of control with their high food costs. I'll pay good money but it's hard to support local when it's ridiculously overpriced. I'm glad the event at least is sending some proceeds towards some charities.

Lorissa Shumway
Lorissa Shumway

Thomas Tourville we need to go to something like this.

Roxie Whipple
Roxie Whipple

Heather Orman Britani Febbie are you guys out in the area of this??

Jason Westphal
Jason Westphal

Oh that's just great! The weekend I'm sick, the food truck fest is a rock'in. Bull$#it!!

Elaine Martinez
Elaine Martinez

My husband and I went to the first two years of these and were disappointed no big name chefs were coming. :( Got to meet Tyler Florence and Adam Richman in the past and it was a lot of fun.

Elaine Martinez
Elaine Martinez

Maria zagar food trucks have taken on a new meaning and no longer called roach coaches. I wouldn't be calling a truck you get served Gourmet Lobster Rolls or Duck grilled cheese a roach coach....among many other delicious gourmet foods they can offer. Times have changed. Check one out these days. You'll be pleasantly surprised. :)

cinderellaschair
cinderellaschair

Thanks for the pertinent info. Nothing worse than going to a food festival in AZ and not being prepared. I seriously couldn't live without the NewTimes!

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

The lobster grilled cheese at Devilicious was really good as well.

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