Things to Do in Miami: Food Truck Wednesdays at Gulfstream Park Village

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After a three-month hiatus, Gulfstream Park Village is hosting its popular food truck again on Wednesdays.

The event takes place every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Silks Run near the village center and features a range of mobile restaurants serving sliders, chicken and waffles, mac and cheese fries, churros, and more. The August line-up will feature Cuban Guys on August 12, Taco Fresh and Latin Fixins on August 19, who will park their food trucks on the premises on August 26.

Alex Schreer, director of experimental marketing at Madison Marquette, who represents Gulfstream Park Village, says the initiative aims to bring original flavors from other local neighborhoods to the area at an affordable cost.

“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” says Schreer. “Food trucks can test their food and market demand while people have a reason to get out of their home offices or bring the family out to sample menus they might not otherwise have access to.”

Each week, attendees will have the opportunity to try a different food truck, priced between $ 10 and $ 12. Schreer says the takeaway is built and that Gulfstream doesn’t invite you to sit down, but for those looking to enjoy their lunch outside, there are socially distant, shady tables in the area. Event attendees must adhere to CDC protocols and wear protective face covers. Gulfstream Park Village has hand sanitization stations in the area, as well as signage to remind people of social distance.

“Over generations we go through new norms”, stated Schreer. “This is ours now and there is no reason for everything to stop. It’s just a matter of adapting to the circumstances.”

His views are confirmed by Jorge Llapur, co-founder and managing partner of Cuban Guys, whose food truck has been a regular participant in the event since it was founded last year. The Cuban Guys food truck is part of a business that includes outposts in Hialeah, Kendall, and Miramar. It is still vital to get the word out about what the restaurant has to offer.

“There aren’t that many outdoor events right now and this gives us the opportunity to keep going,” says Llapur. “We suspended operations for a month because of the pandemic, but now we’re back and we’ve actually improved. We’ve switched from serving food in foam containers to more environmentally friendly biodegradable options.”

In addition to the food trucks on Wednesday, Gulfstream has announced that the annual Plant-Based Festival will take place on Sunday November 1st. A One Blood Drive will also take place in Pegasus Park from August 15 to December 13. Donors receive a free COVID-19 antibody test, a One Blood shopping bag and a wellness check-up. Horse racing continues at Gulfstream Park, although the track is closed to live viewing. However, the casino is open.

Food Truck Wednesdays at Gulfstream Park Village. 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; 954-454-7000; gulfstreampark.com.

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