Weekly gourmet food truck visits at Marina “Mothers” Beach have been so popular that they’ll continue into the fall with no end date in sight, say officials from the county Department of Beaches and Harbors.
The Beach Eats! food truck gatherings that began July 26 have attracted a steady stream of customers each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m. The Southern California Mobile Food Vendors Association, which organizes the gathering with Beaches and Harbors, estimates each weekly event has drawn about 1,200 to 1,400 patrons, a department spokeswoman said.
After the first two successful Beach Eats! in which some trucks sold out before the evening ended, the food vendors association increased the number of gourmet food trucks from six to eight.
The trucks vary from week to week, serving an array of international foods, including Italian, Mexican, Filipino, Chinese, Vietnamese and South Indian, and a variety of cultural fusions dishes. Other trucks serve favorite standards and creative fare – from sliders and burgers; to soul food and lobster; to cupcakes, ice cream and whoopie pie. Vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a variety of local organic food dishes, also are available. The lobster and dessert trucks have been so popular that organizers have made sure to have one of each at every Beach Eats!, the Beaches and Harbors spokeswoman said.
As the evenings become cooler, there are plans to help keep Beach Eats! going, including providing outdoor heaters and additional lighting.
Paid parking is available on site at 4101 Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey.
Information, including a weekly list of food trucks, www.marinadelrey.lacounty.gov,
or (310) 305-9545.