Parked: Food Truck Fest Comes to Governors Island on Sunday

09/03/2010 2:03 PM |


MeanRed, the folks responsible for creating the BKLYN Yard, are taking over Colonel’s Row on Governors Island this Sunday with some of the city’s best food carts and trucks in tow. Not, like, hot dog-and-pretzel trucks, but gourmet-food slinging, specially-crafted-beer selling food trucks. Joining the ever popular Parked Festival this go-around is Red Hook Lobster Pound, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, Hermelinda Mexicana, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Rickshaw Dumpling and organic vegan meals from The Cinnamon Snail, to name a few. Your Labor Day Weekend picnic just got 100 times tastier. More info after the jump.

Also, “The Humpty Dance” is not better than every single Beulah song recorded between 1997 and 1999. Especially this one.


7 Comment

  • The 5th is Sunday, not Saturday.

  • This was the single worst organized event I have ever attended. If you want to spend your day on a line literally thousands of people long only to have the truck run out of food before you get there, I suggest Parked is the event for you. Otherwise, check the truck’s Twitter feed and find them on another day.

  • I’d have to agree with the last post. I could not believe how many people were in line just to get on the ferry — thousands, and that’s no exaggeration.

  • I just wrote a review of this event here…

    This was… in my amazing opinion… the dumbest thing I’ve ever attended. These people were not prepared to handle the onslaught of humans that arrived at Governors island to taste the food-truck food. Horrible… horrible… horrible.

  • Cool concept but one of the most awfully executed events I’ve ever been to in recent years in NYC. It’s hard for me to say that considering I’ve gone to Brooklyn Yard events before and they were some of coolest, most innovative events in the most unique venues. This time around however, these guys got in way over their heads. Basically, we wasted 2 to 3 hours waiting in ferry lines and food lines, only to walk away with tired, irritable with empty stomachs. I’d venture to say that nearly everybody in long lines back to the ferry to Manhattan felt the way we did and decided to leave and get food off the island. It was also sad and irresponsible to see the food trucks parked on the normally beautiful tranquil grassy grounds of Officers Row. The entire scene looked like a nasty crowded county fairground. If you do go next weekend, don’t say I didn’t warn you and definitely DO NOT go hungry. The event planners should have pre-sold tickets to the event.

  • I’m sorry to hear you guys had such a lousy time. I definitely see where you’re coming from — the ferry line went relatively quick, but once we saw the lines for the trucks, we also opted to find an alternate food option. (Turns out, there are not many on Governors Island and a lot of them had also ran out of food.) In MeanRed’s defense though, past Parked events at Bklyn Yard went swimmingly. Given the past number of attendees, I don’t think they could have prepared for the huge influx of people who came to the island to walk/ride bikes/what have you, and then stumbled across the festival. Hopefully, they’ll have a better idea of how many people to expect next year and will bring along multiple trucks from each eatery. I still think it’s such a fun idea –relatively cheap too! (Also, first commenter, thanks for noticing I originally had the wrong day posted. I’m a dummy.)

  • I roped in 2 friends to this very poorly planned event and we ended up eating in Brooklyn Heights after not getting any hot food after waiting nearly 3 hours in lines!!! That’s not including both ferry wait times. (over 1hr each direction)

    I’m happy some businesses were able to “sell out” for the day which would imply they made out well financially. In this case, it was impossible for my grumbling stomach to be upset with the trucks themselves–The organizers really need step in and live up to their title as “ORGANIZErs” and hopefully take the following into consideration:

    8+ million inhabitants in a Recession economy on a Holiday weekend:
    “PARKED” Appeared as an inexpensive method of enjoyment to those who could not make it outside the city! Not nearly enough food to feed attendees. Each truck should have brought backup supplies (separate vehicle?) or there should have been over 30+ trucks not 14, which at my count was approximately 9-10 serving hot food, the rest were specialty Coffee/Ice Cream/Slush-Ice (Mud, Van Leeuwen, Bing Bao, Kelvin, respectively). Even the Gov’s Isle hot dog cart ran out.. people were quickly fed up. Anyone attempting another event would do well to check some recession traffic statistics and common-sensibilities on what to expect.

    The main reason I attended this event was for the New Jersey-specific “Cinnamon Snail” vegan truck. I was also very pleasantly surprised to see and wait in line for “The V Spot”. Although I wasn’t able to score any hot food from either truck I would highly recommend listing ALL trucks for future events if you want to continue to draw a demographic.

    Sincerely signed,
    A nice, native brooklynite, non-militant vegan who appreciates good eats