Attendees had a choice of seven of the most popular mobile vendors in the city, including Skillet, Parfait Ice Cream, Marination Station, Maximus Minimus, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Gert’s BBQ and El Camion.
Lines were 10 to 20 minutes long at every vendor.
But that didn’t deter crowds from waiting for barbecued chicken, hot dogs or Hawaiian fried rice (to name just a few).
The infamous pulled-pork steel pig, Maximus Minimus, had a high tech system to tackle the crowds – hand-held electronic order forms to expedite the lines.
Parfait Ice Cream was a favorite spot for dessert among attendees. I waited in line for 30 minutes to get a delicious scoop of butter toffee crunch. When we finally got to the front at around 1:30 p.m., owner and chef Adria Shimada commented on the day’s turnout. “I can’t believe how busy it is,” she said. “We might actually run out soon!”
@mobilechowdown was tweeting updates all throughout the event. Even they didn’t expect the large crowds that showed up. At around 2 p.m. they wrote, “Didn’t expect this many people. Live and learn. Getting dinged by fire dept too for crowds. Oy.”
This event, co-sponsored by Seattle magazine, was the first of its kind, and was clearly a big hit with the hundreds of Mobile Chowdown-ers who showed up during the four hour event. Many of the vendors ran out of food before 3 p.m., which only means that next time it will be bigger and better. “Outta food. Too many peeps. Sorry if u waited and didn’t get anything. Guess we need more more more,” @mobilechowdown said.