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Mobile Food News: Swarthmore Co-op’s Food Truckathon, Dining Out for Life’s Food Truck Participants, Night Market Returns, and More!

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Lucky for food truck fanatics, a fine lineup of grubbing activities are on the horizon highlighting mobile food pop-ups. Whether you are looking to stay in the suburbs or you’re itching to hit the city of Brotherly Love, the local food truck subculture has a noshing activity for all tastes and preferences—start saving the dates.

Swarthmore Co-op preps for the return of Food Truckathon II, an eco-conscious food truck festival taking over Dartmouth Avenue on Friday, April 19. As of 5 p.m., 15 mobile kitchens will start slinging their on-the-go food for the pay-as-you-go event, from artisan pizzas from Nomad, modern Korean from Ka’Chi Truck, fried Wisconsin cheese curds from Cow & the Curd, gourmet popsicles from Mompops, and much more. Additional participants include: Made in the Shade, Sunflower Truck, Foo Truck, Sweet Box, Say Cheese, Zsa’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Street Food, Spot Burger, Zea May and Sum Pig.

Dining Out for Life returns April 25 for its 23rd year, an annual local fundraiser by ActionAIDS featuring more than 150 restaurants across the Delaware Valley donating 33 percent of the night’s proceeds to benefit men, women and children with HIV/AIDS. New for 2013 is the addition of participating food trucks, who will line up along East Passyunk Avenue (between Tasker and Morris Streets) from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to support the cause. Participating trucks include: Vernalicious, The Cow and the Curd, Spot Burgers, Delicias, Gigi’s & Big R, The Farm Truck, Cupcake Carnivale, Mac Mart and The Sunflower Truck.

The Food Trust revives the popular street-food festival, Night Market, for its third season. Neighborhood food-truck takeovers on the horizon for 2013 include May 16th at Fairmount Avenue, June 20th at West Oak Lane, August 15th on South Street and Chinatown in October. Events feature an extensive lineup of food vendors, art and live music.

In other mobile food news: Verdad Restaurant and Tequila Bar’s chef-owner Nick Farina successfully met his $8,000 fundraising goal to help start his Bryn Mawr-based taco truck, courtesy of crowd-funding service Lucky Ant. Expect to catch it roaming the Main Line come fall 2013.

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