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‘Food truck Friday’ comes back to Hilton Head this week. Here’s where to find the trucks

Start your engines, street food lovers: a monthly food truck festival comes back to Hilton Head Island this weekend.

The second “Food Truck Friday” is Sept. 13 at the Island Recreation Center parking lot.

The festival, which features six local trucks, runs from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

If you miss this weekend, the trucks will return on Oct. 11 and Nov. 1.

The monthly event is meant to show off Island Rec’s new $14 million building, which opened in January.

Which trucks will be at Food Truck Friday this week?

Prowl

The truck will visit from Savannah to serve burgers, chicken sandwiches and wings.

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Prowl Facebook page

The Food Trap

The Ridgeland-based food truck serves wraps, burgers and sandwiches.

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The Food Trap Facebook Page

Jahmerican Jerk

The food truck based on Hilton Head Island offers Jamaican food.

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Jahmerican Jerk wesbite

The Rolling Cow Creamery

The Bluffton-based truck specializes in rolled ice cream.

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Rolling Cow Creamery Facebook page

Taco Brown

Based on Hilton Head Island, Taco Brown offers classic Mexican food such as tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

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Porfirio Cardelas builds a taco in 2017 while his wife, Susana, looks on at their Taco Brown food truck at the parking lot of Hilton Head’s Chaplin Community Park. Jay Karr jkarr@islandpacket.com

Palmetto Pops

The Lowcountry stand serves handmade, fruity ice pops.

The festival is offering spots to other vendors for future Fridays, according to the Island Recreation Center’s website.

Food trucks on Hilton Head Island

The monthly festival follows an exciting spring in the food truck world.

In April, the Food Network filmed an episode of the Great Food Truck Race at Shelter Cove Community Park. Eight trucks from around the country set up to compete for local business alongside celebrity host Tyler Florence. Hundreds of people attended.

Later that month, the RBC Heritage PGA Tour golf tournament introduced its own food truck village for the first time. It included four trucks from Savannah and Bluffton.

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Buns ‘n’ Thighs , Chop Shop, Heroes On A Half Shell, Just Wing It, Mobile Moo Shu, New England Grill, and Sassy Soul team members in front of their trucks with host Tyler Florence, as seen on The Great Food Truck Race, Season 9. Matt Harbicht Verbatim Photo Age

The show of support for food trucks surprised some on the island who have tried — and sometimes failed — to start rolling kitchens of their own.

Jane Harmon, who owned the food truck Shrimp Loco in Beaufort County from 2013 to 2017, said the most difficult part of the business was getting licensing so they could move the truck to different locations and sell.

“It was the biggest headache,” she said. “We were finally able to open up, but we could only be in so many places. It was a thorn in our side, and it didn’t make it easy for us to make money.”

Now, Town of Hilton Head Island staff say they’re writing language to make permitting and regulating the trucks easier.

Deputy director of community development Teri Lewis told The Island Packet in April that the town hopes by the end of the year to have new wording in the Land Management Ordinance to help approve food trucks on the island.

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Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.
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