Never let it be said that we here at the Oldfather Group don’t enjoy a good meal, especially when it’s prepared by one of our fabulous, locally owned and operated coastal Delaware restaurants.

We definitely have our favorites and we’re sure you do as well. But there are so many to choose from, and for that we feel very fortunate to live and work here at the Delaware beaches.

Of course, there are countless great reasons to call this area home – and fabulous local food is certainly high on the list.

But one craze that never really caught on here in coastal Delaware is the concept of food trucks, at least not until recently. But we’re happy to see that this is now changing, thanks in part to programs like the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” and recurring storylines on programs like “NCIS: Los Angeles” on CBS.

We’re ecstatic to see this now becoming more popular here, thanks to a few innovative entrepreneurs and local restaurateurs. Food trucks are finally beginning to pop up at events all throughout southern Delaware, including farmer’s markets, community gatherings and private parties.

And we just have to say again that we LOVE this new trend in local food options, and we want to tell you all about it here at theoldfathergroup.com.

So that’s exactly what we’re going to do right now, but where do we begin?

Well, let’s start with the local event that really brought food trucks into the limelight in coastal Delaware, garnering media coverage not only in the Cape Gazette, but also in the Salisbury Daily Times and on the Web at delawareonine.com. And that is the popular “Food Truck Friday” event at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth Beach.

Originally begun as a way to raise money for the church’s soup kitchen, this ever-growing event has since grown in popularity and is today held twice a month, beginning in April.

Anywhere from 6 to 12 trucks can be found in the church’s parking lot every other Friday, or often on Thursdays during the summer season. It was a phenomena that was slow to catch on in coastal Delaware, but thanks in part to this popular local event, food trucks are now becoming much more mainstream at the beach.

There are now more than a dozen mobile restaurants in the area and many operators report that they’re booked solid throughout the summer and early fall seasons, for events at the Delaware beaches and in other towns in the region.

Cape Gazette Photo Above

But what’s the appeal of ordering and receiving cooked meals via a restaurant on wheels, reminiscent of when we used to chase the ice cream man down the block as children, salivating as we went?

Well, think of food trucks as a grown up version of that old ice cream truck, but with many different options and varieties to choose from. At any given event on Delmarva, you can find a wide range of food trucks these days, and that’s the beauty of it!

You can choose a taco from Taco Reho, or a sausage from The Polish Connection or some Cajun food from Po’ Boys, or any of several other mouth watering options. There’s pizza and hot dogs and homemade ice cream and anything else your heart desires.

So with the eclectic range of people that today call coastal Delaware home, is it any wonder that this latest food craze is starting to catch on here? Of course not – we’re very hip here at the Delaware beaches, right?

So here’s what you do. If you’re at an event this spring or summer and you see a food truck, give it a try and see what all the fuss is about – we think you’ll be glad you did.

We’re going to be there and we hope you will be too!  Bon appetit!