ALLIANCE, OH- On Saturday, September 22, a dozen food trucks filed down W. Simpson Street. Starting promptly at 11:00 in the morning the annual University of Mount Union food truck rally started to filling the stomachs of Raiders and Alliance community members. The rally festivities concluded at 4:00 in the afternoon. Among the food truck rallies where Dr. Merriman (pictured) and a few UMU Alumni. I stopped to talk to a few of them to see what they had to say about their food and rally experience.

Dana Hiles, class of ‘89, was one alumni in the mix of raiders out for the rally. Dana was enjoying some tacos from The Raging Avocado. “The crispy shell mixed with the fresh pico and avocado, topped with light dressing really gives the raging avocado tacos a fresh taste.” claims Dana. He raved about the light taste of the tacos. 

Another Mount Union Alumni, Melissa Sweeten ‘18 tried some funky balls and buffalo cauliflower tacos from The Funky Truckeria. Melissa described the food as “absolutely amazing!” Melissa loved the food. She continued saying, “I’ve never tasted anything so amazing. I’m definitely glad I went to their truck for the tacos! I hope that they are back in the future.”

After hearing the positive food reviews from the alumni, I decided to get in on the action myself. I decided to try food from two of the trucks.

My first stop was at The Beach Bums truck. There I ordered the sliders. The miniature sandwiches were filled with barbeque pulled pork and beach bum coleslaw. The sliders had a savory taste that will be hard to top in the future.

My second stop was at Geaux Concessions- Dats Good. This New Orleans feel truck served me a blackened skewer. The delicious tastes of seasoned andouille sausage, shrimp, and alligator was one that I will never forget. This was my first time trying alligator, so it was definitely a unique experience!

After seeing how happy everyone was, and learning about how much they enjoyed the foods brought to the area, I hope to see food trucks on campus more often.



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