It’s time again for Food Trucks at the Fountain

The last Sunday comes so quickly each month, but that’s a good thing. It means that another mega-gathering of Wichita’s food trucks is about to happen.

This month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain happens from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at 515 S. Main. It’ll include founders and organizers the Flying Stove plus B.S. Sandwich PressHopperoni ExpressLet’m Eat BratsBrickhouse BBQ and Park-n-Pork BBQ

Kona Ice will join the Food Trucks at the Fountain fun this time.

Kona Ice will join the Food Trucks at the Fountain fun this time.

Two new participants have signed up, too: the just opened Funky Monkey Munchies and Kona Ice, the snow cone truck that earns more Wichita fans by the day.

The event also will include a band performing live jazz.

Extra large Food Trucks at the Fountain event happens Sunday

Let'm Eat Brats will join the group at this month's food truck rally.

Let’m Eat Brats will be among the food trucks at Sunday’s rally.

The last Sunday is upon us, which means the monthly meetup of local food trucks is, too.

This month’s Food Trucks at the Fountain will be a big one, said organizer Jeff Schauf of the Flying Stove. It’ll include perhaps the longest list of trucks ever at a meetup:  the Flying StoveB.S. Sandwich PressHopperoni ExpressLet’m Eat Brats, Brickhouse BBQ, Park-n-Pork BBQ and the Waffle Wagon all will be there.

As always, the trucks will serve at the WalterWalk fountains, 515 S. Main, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m, when a live band also will be performing live jazz. Those who want to participate in an outdoor yoga session put on by Firefly Yoga before they eat should meet at 10:30 a.m.

Food trucks, films and fun at WAM

A whole mess of food trucks, including the newly re-wrapped Rip's Rib Shak, will be serving at Friday's Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace.

A whole mess of food trucks, including the newly re-wrapped Rip’s Rib Shak, will be serving at Friday’s Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace.

No need to wait for the official food truck meetup on the last Sunday of the month.

Many of Wichita’s favorite mobile food vendors will be at the Wichita Art Museum on Friday for an event called Tunes + Tallgrass on the Terrace, sponsored by the Tallgrass Film Association.

It starts at 6 p.m., when several food trucks will start serving, including B.S. Sandwich PressLet’m Eat Brats, The Flying Stove, Rips Rib Shak and Kona Ice.

The Muse, WAM’s Cafe, will provide a cash bar, too. All the vendors will be on Pine Street north of the museum.

Mel Hambelton Ford also will provide free Popsicles and ice cream sandwiches out of its own ice cream truck.

The event also will include a 7 p.m. performance by The Whiskey Misters from Tulsa and a 9 p.m. screening of the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”

Attendees should bring blankets, camp chairs and cash for food and drink. Admission is free.

Monthly Wichita food truck gathering is on Sunday

This turkey burger slider will be among the items on the Flying Stove’s menu at Sunday’s Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains event.

The local food truckers are continuing their tradition of gathering in one place on the final Sunday of the month.

The October gathering has a Halloween theme and is called Spooky Food Trucks at the Fountains. It’s scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the fountains at Waterwalk. The truckers have invited a live band to perform, and kids are invited to attend in costume and collect free candy at the trucks.

On the roster: The Flying StoveLet’m Eat Brats, B.S. Sandwich PressCake Face and the new pizza truck The Rolling Dough.

The Waterwalk is at 515 S. Main.

BlackTop Nationals: Perfect place for hungry car fans

The big BlackTop Nationals  classic car and bike show, which draws more than 150,000 people from more than 20 states to the areas in and around Century II, is coming up this weekend.

And organizers have come up with a trendy method for feeding the crowds: Food trucks.

Instead of the River Festival-style food court the event had its first few years, this year, the BlackTop Nationals will have local food trucks and other vendors stationed throughout the event all three days.  No matter where they are at the show, attendees should find some mobile food nearby.

Among the trucks signed on to participate are B.S. Sandwich Press, Big Daddy’s Smoked Shack Meats, Chino’s Parrilla and the new Cajun food truck, Vautrot’s Cajun Goods. There will also be lemonade, root beer and funnel cake folks set up as well as Chris Cakes, the famous purveyor of pancakes and link sausages.

The food vendors will be serving from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

For more information on the BlackTop Nationals, visit the website. Also, we’ll have a story in Friday’s Go! section about all the entertainment options there, which in addition to food includes live music.

Food truckers rallying again on Sunday

The Flying Stove food truck

Wichita’s food truckers, headed up by the guys at the Flying Stovehave decided to start putting on monthly food truck rallies, usually on the last Sunday of the month.

This month, to avoid Memorial Day weekend, the truckers are gathering a Sunday early. The usual suspects, including the Flying Stove plus B.S. Sandwich Press, Cakeface, Espresso To Go Go, and R&J Concessions will gather from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at WaterWalk Pavilion. The rally is starting to attract festival-type concessionaires, too. This month, Bakerman Concessions, which specializes in cinnamon rolls, will join the crowd.

The gathering will also have live music, and representatives from the Kansas Humane Society will be there ready to perform on-site adoptions.

Expect the rally to grow in June. Two new trucks, The Hopping Pita and Let’m Eat Brats, have said they’d like to join in, too.

Food trucks throwing a Cajun party

The Flying Stove’s new Cajun menu

Hold on to those Mardi Gras beads you collected on Tuesday.

The local food truck fleet is gathering in a couple of weeks to put on a belated Mardi Gras party. Spearheaded by the Flying Stove, which just today put out its tempting Cajun menu (mmmmm, Po’ Boy), the event will be from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, near the WaterWalk Pavilion. The truckers have obtained permission to close down part of Water Street to set up the event, and they’ll have a live jazz band performing.

So far, the usual suspects such as   B.S. Sandwich PressMMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop and Espresso To Go Go are on board and are planning Cajun items for their menus. The Flying Stove guys encourage any other food truckers who are interested in joining in to contact them via their Facebook page.

Flying Stove’s first birthday party

The Flying Stove’s first day in business was Dec. 8, 2011.

A year and hundreds of servings of crying tiger Thai tacos, Umami burger and rolled chicken doobies later, Wichita’s original food truck is celebrating its first birthday surrounded by a bunch of restaurants-on-wheels that followed in its footsteps tire tracks.

The Flying Stove’s owners and operators, brothers Jeff and Rob Schauf, have organized another food truck rally, scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 in the parking lot south of Intrust Bank Arena at Commerce and Waterman. Many of Wichita’s food trucks will participate, including  B.S. Sandwich PressMMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop and Espresso To Go Go. Those same truckers got together in October for a Halloween-themed food truck rally.

If all of you cooperate and vote correctly, I will be reunited with this amazing banh mi sandwich on Dec. 22.

The brothers will be serving free birthday cake and selling their new T-shirts at the Dec. 22 event.

The most exciting part (to me, anyway) is that they’ll also be serving a menu of their greatest food hits from the past year, as voted on by their customers.

The Flying Stove’s Facebook page has on it a slide show of some of the truck’s most popular dishes, including my all time favorite banh mi sandwich. They’re asking customers to vote for their favorites by “liking” the pictures. The top vote getters will make it on to the new menu, which will be served at the rally.

I beg of you all: VOTE FOR THE BANH MI!!!!!!!!!

Voting is open through Friday. Go to the Facebook page and look for the post that’s titled “2012 Greatest Hits Menu.”

Cake Face: Highway terror and free lunch

The Cake Face food truck and its owners, Summer Schoenhals and her husband, Dave, had a pretty terrifying Monday.

It was before 7 a.m., and they were hauling the trailer on I-235, en route to the Royal Caribbean offices, where they planned to set up for the day.

They hit a bump, and somehow, the trailer detached from the pickup. It was a terrifying few seconds as the trailer drove itself down the highway, headed for the median. Dave thought quickly and pulled his truck in front of the trailer, slowing it down to a stop. Although his truck was only slightly dented, the trailer’s plumbing, flooring and hitch were pretty severely damaged.

The Schoenhals spent the past few days fixing things up, aided by Espresso To Go Go owners Warren and Ann Tandoc. They’ll be back on the street on Thursday, which brings me to my second bit of food truck news.

Cake Face and B.S. Sandwich Press are teaming up with Cox and Verizon for a publicity event that will provide free lunches to visitors.

The events, which are Thursday and Saturday at various Cox stores, are designed to promote a partnership between Cox and Verizon Wireless. Those who visit will get vouchers for free food truck food (available on a first-come, first-served basis) and also can register to win prizes, including an iPad.

Cake Face will be serving from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Cox Solutions store at 1636 N. Rock Road in Derby.  Also on Thursday, B.S. Sandwich Press will serve from noon to 2 p.m. at the Cox Solutions Store at 21st and Maize. And from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Cake Face will be at the Cox Solutions Store at 21st and Rock.

‘Truck or Treat:’ All the food trucks together

The Flying Stove will be part of the Oct. 26 Truck or Treat event.

A who’s who of Wichita food truckers are planning to gather for a food truck-a-palooza on Friday, Oct. 26.

The Flying Stove, B.S. Sandwich Press, MMM Sandwiches, Cakeface Bake Shop, Espresso To Go Go and Jarhead’s will all be operating from 6 to 9 p.m. that night in the parking lot south of Intrust Bank Arena at Commerce and Waterman.

They’re calling it “Truck or Treat,” and the event will have a Halloween theme. The truckers are encouraging diners to attend in costume, and they’ll be passing out candy. They also plan to project a Halloween theme movie onto a building.

The truckers all got together for a meeting recently to plan the event. They hope to start putting on similar gatherings on a monthly basis.