Food Trucks

Homestead Al Gusto Challenges Food Trucks To Use Local Produce

Though no one's going to accuse all food trucks of serving seriously health-conscious eats, many owners make an effort to use fresh and local ingredients.

Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger
owner Jack Garabedian, for instance, goes down to the Redland during the growing season to pick his own vegetables, and gastroPod's Jeremiah Bullfrog changes his menu to utilize seasonal ingredients.

On Saturday, food truck chefs will take their use of fresh produce to a new level at the Homestead Al Gusto festival at Losner Park in Homestead.

Food truck chefs will be given a basket of local produce direct

from farms in the Redland and asked to make a dish utilizing

those ingredients in their trucks usual style of cooking. Chefs will

not know what's in the mystery basket until the competition starts. The one who makes the best dish wins.

Trucks competing include Gypsy Kitchen,

Kona Ice,

Los Chamos,

Metro Deli Express,

Mojo on the Go,

Monster Burgers,

Mucho Nacho,

Palate Party,

Papa's Tapas,

The Pork Shop,

The Real Chill, and Slow Food Truck.

The Homestead Al Gusto Festival runs from 6 - 11 p.m. in Homestead's

historic Main Street section. Besides the truck challenge, local

farmers will sell their wares and there's entertainment for both kids

and adults. Admission is free. Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead

Other weekend roundups include:

Friday, November 4

Food trucks at San Lazaro Church in Hialeah from 4 to 10 p.m. Trucks include Chef on Wheels,

Cold Stone Creamery,


Daddy's Grill,

The Flying Saucer,

Kona Ice,

Latin Burger,

Masitas Gourmet,

Mojo on the Go,

The Pit Stop,

The Red Truck, Dim Ssam a Gogo, and

Wrap It Up. San Lazaro Church, 4400 W. 18th Street, Hialeah

Food trucks at Palmetto Bay from 5:30 to 10 p.m. $5 parking fee. Trucks include Catered Bliss, CheeseMe, Divan Bakery & Coffee,

Dolci Peccati Gelato,

The Fish Box,

The Flying Saucer,

Grill Master Cafe,

Gypsy Kitchen,

Kitchen Kabab,

Latin Burger,

Mac 'n,

Miso Hungry,

Mr. Good Stuff,

Ms. Cheezious,

Palate Party,

Papa's Tapas,

Pass D' Pasta,

The Pork Shop,

The Real Chill,

The Red Koi,

The Rolling Stove, and

Sugar Yummy Mama. 18001 Old Cutler Road, Palmetto Bay

Food trucks at Tamiami Park from 6 to 10 p.m. No pets or glass containers allowed. Trucks serving dinner include 90 Miles,

Arepa Box,

Boba Station,

Chamo's on Wheels,

Churro Mania,

Dim Ssam a Gogo,

Kona Ice,

Latin House Grill,

Malanga Cafe,

Masitas Gourmet,

The MexZican Gourmet,

Miami Angels Roasted Corn,

Mr. Creamy,

Okay Burgers,

Overload Extreme Street Food,

Pardo's Grill, Cafe

Perros Express,

El Rey de las Fritas,

El Rincon del Coqui,

Sir Pizza,

Smoothie Operator,

Sugar Rush,

Taco Fresh,

Tango Grill,

That's a Wrap,

Vinny's Italian Ice,

Yo Mama's Paella & Seafood, and

Wholly Shrimp. Tamiami Park, 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami

Saturday, November 5

Whistle Stop Food Truck Rodeo at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dine in an authentic railroad dining car and get free museum entry with your lunch. Trucks include Arepa Box,

Big Kahuna,

Che Grill,

The Chill Stop,

Jefe's Original Fish Taco & Burgers,

Monster Burgers, and

Papa's Tapas. Gold Coast Railroad Museum, 12450 SW 152nd Street, Miami

Homestead Al Gusto
from 6 to 10 p.m. (Details above) Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Avenue, Homestead

Toss The Turkey Bourbon and Beer Food Truck Rally at Tobacco Road from 6 p.m. to midnight. DJ Oski spins outdoors. Trucks include Bite Gastrotruck, Bocaditos, CheeseMe, Daddy's Grill, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Dolci Pecatti Gelato, The Fish Box, Jefe's Original Fish Taco, Kitchen Kebab, Latin Burger, Mangia Mia, Ms. Cheezious, The Pork Shop, Purple People Eatery, El Rey De Las Fritas, The Rolling Stove, Sugar Rush, and Top Fries. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Avenue, Miami

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
Contact: Laine Doss