NASHVILLE, TN – The Nashville Food Truck Association (NFTA) has released the names of its newest members, which shows that the mobile food scene here is going strong with no signs of slowdown, even when some older food trucks are settling down at permanent locations. In April, Roscoe’s Smoked BBQ, Rita’s Italian Ice, Et Voila, Smoque Signals, Two Thompsons, Mama’s Java, Fire & Ice, Cousins Maine Lobster, Two Fat Men Ice Cream, The Love Bus, New Hickory, Califarmia, The Brothers Burger and Don Miguel Juicery all joined the organization. In July, Death From a Bun, Tacos Maria, Smokin’ Buttz, Bob’s Fish Fry, Freebirds, Kona Ice, Erica’s Touch of Taste, and Aryeh’s Kitchen also joined, bringing the total membership to more than 70 trucks.
NFTA president Dallas Shaw of Hoss’ Loaded Burgers is bullish on NFTA membership growth. “The NFTA was formed five years ago by a handful of food truck owners with a common goal of establishing a street food culture in Nashville. Today, I can’t think of an event in Nashville that doesn’t request food trucks.” Shaw gives due credit to the food truck friendliness of the area, too. “It’s important to acknowledge the help from many departments within Metro, elected officials, nonprofits and private businesses,” he says. “They’ve helped dozens of small business owners grow in a market. Many are thriving solely on the truck, and some have moved on to bricks-and-mortar. To say we’re grateful is an understatement.”
You can find your favorite food truck by following them on social media or on the new site lotmom.com, or find multi-truck events by following the NFTA on social media. A number of trucks are participating in Street Food Thursdays downtown each week through October. A full list of NFTA members with links to their sites is available on the NFTA membership page.