Zoo Announces Second Food Truck Safari, Sustainability Awards

Back by popular demand, the Palm Beach Zoo will hold an expanded Food Truck Safari on Saturday, August 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with more food trucks participating than ever before. For the first time, a food truck will be honored with a Sustainability Award for its environmentally-friendly practices. Gourmet food trucks will be spread throughout the Zoo near various animal exhibits.

More than 1,000 people attended the inaugural Food Truck Safari in July. Ron Brooks, Events Manager for the Zoo, said it showed the public has high interest in continuing the food truck partnerships.

“Our first-ever Food Truck Safari in July was a blast!” said Brooks. “Lots of folks got a great experience, a wide variety of excellent food, and an opportunity to learn a little more about why the Zoo is here. Zookeeper talks about our Florida panthers, jaguars and Malayan tigers gave attendees a chance to see these magnificent creatures up close, and learn what can be done in our everyday lives to help protect them.”

“We felt it was natural to have a second event, from the high turnout of our first event,” continued Brooks. “This time, we’re bringing it back, with even more up-close animal encounters and more food trucks. One truck will be awarded our first ‘Sustainability Award,’ based on their activities to be environmentally responsible.”

The Zoo announced The Daily Special is the winner of the August food truck “Sustainability Award.” Food trucks that use sustainable practices will be marked with “paws of approval” on their signage.  The Zoo examines twenty-one sustainability criteria specifically designed for food trucks, measuring the following areas:

  1. Food source and history-- preferring organic, locally-farmed options
  2. Presentation-- use of biodegradable and recycled products
  3. Power sources-- more efficient generators and no chlorofluorocarbons (CFC-free) refrigerators
  4. Waste management—recycle everything possible and proper disposal of the remainder

Food trucks confirmed to attend, with possibly more to come, include the following:

  1. The Daily Special (winner of the Zoo’s first “Sustainability Award”)
  2. Spring In Roll Out
  3. BFF
  4. Taco Fresh
  5. PS561
  6. DOugh DOugh DOnuts
  7. Paradise Shave Ice
  8. Da Burger Shack
  9. Crazydilla
  10. Parabus Grill

Live music will be provided by the Kat ‘n’ Eddie Duo near the Zoo’s fountain plaza, as well as Andre Michaud from Smiley Tunehead in the Mayan plaza area. Admission for adult Zoo members is $9.00, and non-members is $10.00. For children who are Zoo members, admission is $6.00. For child non-members, it’s $7.00. The food trucks accept cash and credit cards, and are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Zoo. Gate proceeds support the Zoo’s daily operations.

“The popularity of gourmet food trucks is a wonderful fit with the Zoo’s interest in locally-grown, organic food offerings,” said Andrew Aiken, President and CEO of the Zoo. “Our Food Truck Safari is a great opportunity to explore where our food comes from, how it’s produced, and how that process can be sustainably balanced with wildlife preservation.”    

YouTube video of the inaugural Food Truck Safari: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxE1X8TEfpo

Link to five high resolution photos of the first event: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/t0pt3nrpgg9eq5g/h90D2tvSEo

Find out more about our Sustainability Awards: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/Palm-Beach-Zoo-August-2013-Food-Truck-Safari-Sustainability-Awards

To learn more about the next Food Truck Safari: http://www.palmbeachzoo.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=events.details&content_id=106

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