First Fridays on Federal Food Truck EventHALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Porkalicious. Purple People Eatery. 2 Jive Turkey.

The imaginative names pull you in, and the gourmet grub keeps food truck fans coming back for more.

On Friday, Hallandale Beach officially joins the local craze for mobile cuisine with its own monthly food truck rally.

More than 20 high-end food trucks from Broward and Miami-Dade counties will roll in from 5 to 10 p.m. at Hallandale Beach City Hall, 400 S. Federal Highway, across from Gulfstream Park.

The trucks will sell everything from burgers and pork to vegan dishes, cupcakes and gelato.

Dubbed “First Fridays on Federal,” the event will be held the first Friday of every month and is expected to draw an estimated 1,500 people, says organizer Sef Gonzalez.

Nearby in Hollywood, Gonzalez helped launch the city’s “Food Truck Invasion” in August 2011. The event, held every Monday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., has been drawing hundreds to the ArtsPark at Young Circle ever since.

“It’s become a staple event on Mondays,” said Jaime Hernandez, a spokesman for Hollywood. “It’s mainly locals who come, but the food trucks do have their own following. So they do have people coming in from other parts of the region.”

You can thank Cathie Schanz for bringing the rolling feast to Hallandale.

As the city’s director of Parks and Recreation, she scouted Hollywood’s food truck event and liked what she saw.

“We were interested in bringing that to Hallandale Beach,” she said.

There will be lots of variety to keep taste buds entertained, so don’t expect two pizza trucks at the same event.

Find the entire article by Susannah Bryan at the Sun Sentinal <here>