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Asian food trucks tonight; ‘The Fantasticks’ opens Saturday

Bill DeYoung



Wok, don’t run to Albert Whitted Park Friday evening for the Asian Street Food and Craft Beer Fest. There’s no admission cost for the event, 6 to 11 p.m.

The park is at 480 Bayshore Drive South, on the water near the Dali Museum and the Mahaffey Theater (and the Albert Whitted air field, of course).

It’s the “first of the fall season” food truck event by the Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association, a local umbrella organization with this stated goal: “By creating a single representative entity, we hope to make it possible to work with local governments, merchants associations and others to ensure our presence is a positive experience for all involved.”

The group, which has trucks at Williams Park every Wednesday, is recognized by the National Food Truck Association.

Now, on to the delicacies. Here are the listed participants (costs, of course, vary by the vendor):


Ikigai Sushi St. Pete

Flip’n Tasty Filipino Food Truck

Anju Korean Gastrotruck

Vanchetta Food Truck

Maggie on the Move

The Melt Machine Food Truck

Smokin’ Bowls

Aloha To Go

The Fit Stop

Surf and Turf Truck FL

Just Smokin BBQ



Got Lobstah?

Casablanca Fusion

The Bacon Boss Food Truck

King Crab’s

Cajun Cuisine

Mr. C’s Grilled Cheese

St. Pete Taco Lady

Wards BBQ

Engine 53 Pizza Truck

Hot Pursuit BBQ.

Not exactly an all-Asian lineup, but there should be enough there to satisfy gourmands of every stripe. And they’ve got entertainment lined up, from Jam Jones and the Tampa Taiko Japanese Drum Group. reports that the industry grew at an annual 7.9 percent increase between 2012 and 2017. According to a survey published by the National Restaurant Association, consumers between 18 and 34 were the most likely to purchase a meal from a food truck, followed by 54 percent between 35 and 55.

Season opener

St. Petersburg’s exemplary freeFall Theatre opens the 2018-2019 season with a warhorse (and no, it’s not Warhorse, although freeFall’s artistic director Eric Davis has been known to use life-sized, representative puppets to great effect, at times). It’s The Fantasticks, officially the longest-running musical in the world.

(How old is this show? It was the first professional play yours truly ever saw, back in the early 1970s, with an unforgettable performance by Bay Area Renaissance Festival actor and St. Petersburg Times writer Mike Marzella as El Gallo.)

The cast of ‘The Fantasticks.’ (Photo: Steven Le/freeFall Theatre)

It’s difficult to explain the plot of The Fantasticks, except to say that it’s kind of an American Romeo and Juliet (with lots of comedy, singing, and homespun philosophy); the “Boy” and the “Girl” are brought together under questionable circumstances, through a blood-brothers oath taken by their scheming fathers. Or something along those lines.

There’s a lot more to it than that. Just know that it’s a simple, sweet story, and the dashing El Gallo (played here by Patrick Ryan Sullivan) sings “Try to Remember,’ one of those ubiquitous ‘60s songs that never leaves your head once it’s in there).

And there is, reportedly, a bit of puppetry involved.

The show run through runs Wednesday-Sunday through Oct. 21. Info and tickets here.


Get in free

Last, but most emphatically not least, Saturday is Free Museum Day. Check it out here.



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