Wednesday, September 26, 2012 , Updated 11:16 a.m., September 26, 2012
The story behind the State Fair’s first-ever food truck
There'll be gluten-free, vegetarian food and sugary slushes from this double whammy of a food truck.
FAIR PARK Food trucks are the latest on-the-go food trend in Dallas, and now they're at the State Fair of Texas. Two local food trucks -- SlushWorks and Good Karma Kitchen -- have teamed up to serve fairgoers from a stationary food truck that will be parked in the Food & Fiber building every day during the State Fair.
They're the first food truck to ever serve food at the State Fair, and the only one on-site this year.
Good Karma Kitchen is a gluten-free, vegetarian food truck that's regularly involved with the Fort Worth Food Park. SlushWorks is an all-natural slushie business that uses real sugar and real fruit to make their drinks. Idealogically, the two companies align because of their all-natural mentality, and when offered a space at the fair from the Texas Department of Agriculture's Go Texan area, they decided to go in together.
"We always talked about doing a mega-truck," said Rob Vassilakos, one of three partners in SlushWorks who used to work at The Mercury.
While at the State Fair, SlushWorks' truck will be parked inside the Food & Fiber building, and it will not offer service outside of the fair. Good Karma Kitchen's truck -- not parked at the fair -- will still operate on a limited basis. Food from both companies will be served out of SlushWorks' truck at the State Fair.
"Some people think we're crazy for sitting still for 24 hours," Vassilakos said. "I know what OU/Texas weekend is like. What a great way to expose people to [food] trucks who haven't seen them."
Vassilakos and his partners Carlos Azorena and Eric Foster will be selling three specialty slushes: lemon blackberry; mint grapefruit; and strawberry lemonade basil, a drink based off of Good Karma Kitchen's menu.
Good Karma Kitchen's food will be Texas-themed, and the several items they're serving will be unique to the fair.
"We really wanted to do a Texas-focused [menu] that's healthy for you and won't make you feel weighed down," said Christina MacMicken, who partners with Megan Topham on the food truck. "People who typically won't be able to go to the fair now have something they can eat."
She wouldn't reveal the entire menu, but the food from Good Karma Kitchen will be un-fried, gluten-free, and vegetarian.
The food truck was accepted as a concessionaire just as other food vendors are chosen, said Sally Wamre, spokesperson for the State Fair. "They applied and were granted a spot," she said. "They just happened to be in a truck."
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