Pigging out at the Food Truck Rodeo 

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There are a few times in life when it’s acceptable to stuff one’s face to the point of discomfort: Thanksgiving dinner at Grandma’s, four-star dinners on the company credit card, and Charleston’s inaugural Food Truck Rodeo hosted by Remedy Market. The Spring Street locavore store welcomed GeeChee Island Mobile Kitchen, Hello My Name is BBQ, Little Blue Brunch Truck, Roti Rolls, and Roots Ice Cream to serve up food to hungry downtown residents on Saturday.

The trucks were parked behind the market and I was excited to try all of them for the first time. One “Boss Hog” sandwich (barbecued pork, barbecued bacon, coleslaw, fried jalapeños, and tomato on brioche) and two PBRs later, I could have stopped and been a happy gourmand, but there were Sriracha and peanut butter doughnuts, bourbon-ginger ice cream, gumbo, jalapeño mac and cheese, and short rib rotis to consume. I enlisted friends to help me continue the taste test. We happily stood in the sunny backyard, listening to the band and watching children run around, overeating as if we hadn’t consumed a meal in days.

Food truck popularity is at its height and it’s good to see Charleston participating in this trend. The trucks don’t come downtown on a regular schedule — at least not often enough for me to catch them — so you’ll have to keep an eye on Twitter and Facebook to chase them down. Believe me, it’s well worth the effort.

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