CHP estimates huge crowd for food trucks

Published: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2013 - 7:49 am

The local food truck movement shows no signs of slowing down.

SactoMoFo 6, which was held Saturday at Sixth and X streets, drew a crowd that matched its record attendance. The California Highway Patrol told SactoMoFo organizers that attendance was estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 people. Those numbers match the debut of this mobile food festival in April 2011, which was held in midtown's Fremont Park.

Saturday's event featured more than two dozen food trucks and the wait in lines in some cases lasted more than an hour. At its peak, the line for The Chairman Truck lasted 75 minutes – a long time to wait for an order of steamed buns.

Attendance had dipped at SactoMoFo 3 to about 5,000, which was held in December 2011. Organizers credit Saturday's near perfect weather and other close-by events, including the debut of midtown's farmers market at 20th and J streets, for bringing plenty of traffic.

"This definitely measured up to the first one, which was the busiest to date," said Paul Somerhausen, SactoMoFo's co-founder. "But in terms of the number of people served and how smoothly the event went, this was the easiest."

Call The Bee's Chris Macias, (916) 321-1253. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias.

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