My first time ever to the Del Mar racetrack, second time eating food from trucks. I was here for the Annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival. I brought along my oldest daughter Amaris and my grand-daughter, Shay. Three things were going on all at once, horse racing, Family Fun weekend and the Annual Food Truck Festival. Doors open at 12:00 close at 6:00p. Just $6.00 bucks to get in per adult, children 18 and under are free. Parking is an additional 10.00. (They have other parking areas around the grounds for different fees and a short walk).
Tip: If parking in and on the track grounds, pay attention to the way the traffic is directed, they will automatically direct everyone to the right, when the food trucks are to the left. Stop at the first guy you see and ask to move the barriers, tell him that you are here for the food, he might just ask for your number!! :) As we were entering at about 2:00p (TRAFFIC!) people were leaving, so we scored a front row parking spot!
The area for the Family fun days was to the right of the horse racing track and the food truck festival was to the left across a bridge. They had trucks lined up in a few various formations, tents for sitting and eating, live concerts, bands and a dj, spinning vinyle, (so music set some moods making the standing around eating experience a little more enjoyable), horse racing on the jumbo screen, lot's going on.
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A quick calculation, 40 trucks averaging (medium line) 20-30 minutes to order and wait for food, would take ... hrs. a-yea.
They had everything there, American: hamburgers, hotdogs, sammys. Med: greek, gyros... Cajun, Filipino, snacky stuff like kettle corn, ice creams, wine, beer... we went for the foods that were unfamiliar with us. 1st stop...
The Tuscan truck, Tuscan Cuisine, meatball subs, caprese salad, done those, boring... we ordered the deep fried rice balls, with marinara sauce, can't say I've ever had a rice ball before, closest would be a porcupine meatball. Not even close! Actually they were rice with mozzarella cheese! (so basically mozzarella cheese sticks in disguise! :) with rice.) (see photos) We really like them. Not greasy at all and good flavor. YAY, this is gonna be fun!
Next stop, the only truck with it's own DJ, spinnin' in front, and playing my song!... not only that but they were raising money for charity to contribute to brain surgery for a baby! Well, sign us up! The rating in the window was an "A". This truck was the White Rabbit, serving up some Filipino flare. We hopped in line, I chatted up the guy in front of me, do you know what they have on the menu?... he hadn't a clue, his wife came up, and said, they are all out of their meats... chicken gone, only steak left. We got the 5.00 special, they were offering up on their sign, 3 tacos, your choice of meat with your choice of a side (fries, sweet potato fries, egg rolls) ...
We ordered 2 pork, 1 beef steak, side of sweet tater fries! (see photos) Really gooooood!!!
The sweet potato fries came with banana ketchup! with a zing. Not bad
We cruised around a bit, we saw skewered potatoes, "Tornado fries"... nachos... again still looking for the new, or unusual... Street Eats, Ragin' Cajun, Slap Yo Mamma, Ms. Patty Melt, Deviliscious, food so bad it's good ... creative names, but long lines!!! Yikes.
Now let's see it's already been 2 hours since we arrived, the track is closing in 2 hours, we still need to view the family area... next bite, let's get some sourdough pizza... wait a-minute, what's THAT>> truck say?... Buttermilk... The Buttermilk truck... hmmmm, just 4 items on the menu and NO line!
VELVET CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKE BITES... ah yeah, Di wants! Order up! 15 long minutes later...
3 red pancakes, with a GLOB-O-BUTTER, syrup added by Amaris (see photos) GOOD HEAVEN!!!!!!! EAT THESE!!!!
All around us, the trucks were running out of food items (crossing off and taping off items), shutting down. That was all we got to, 3 trucks out of 40!!!
This is my tip on how to get it done next year...
Bring a large group, get there when the doors open. Designate "Squatters and Runners". (you can inter-change these two groups. The "Squatters" grab a table near the stage with the live band. The "Runners" get in the various truck lines and order for the group.
Over to the Family fun zone...
On the way over a Jocky and horse came up along the track and viewing area and posed for photos at the fence, my grand-daughter was in heaven! We hurried past the racing horses and a few booths (time-share alert!)
Huge jump-house with double slide at the entry.. this is it... we were looking for the free activities provided, specifically the free pony rides... whoo hooo!
Found them, they closed the line off, AT US!!!! :( 40 minutes early!!! What the nonesense is this!?
The line guard let someone else in... Di by the Sea, spoke up!... got in! last ones on the ponies!...
Shay got the little white pony, and the man took her for 2 turns! :) Smiles all around. Got photos and video captured. That was that, nothing else to do, it was near closing time.
Heading out of the park, the last race of the day was in play... (see video). The cheers gave me goosbumps!
I will for sure be going back to Del Mar, not just for the Annual Food Truck next year, but for the horse racing and the concerts all year... maybe I'll throw some money at the horses. It's an awesome time for all ages! Why did it take me so long to experience this!