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I wasn't able to partake in Saturday's Trucktober Fest, but my friend Sabrina Lockhart went and generously filed this dispatch.

Celebrating West  Sacramento’s 25th birthday may have been the purpose behind SactoMoFo’s Trucktober Fest, but the gifts went to the appetites of Sacramento’s foodies.  With the Sacramento River and a variety of live musicians serving as the backdrop, 20 different food vendors dished up great grub to suit just about anyone’s palette.  The familiar crowd favorites, Drewski’s Hot RodKrush BurgerChando’s Tacos and The Chairman (formerly Chairman Bao) drew the usual lines.   But when we were there around noon-ish, the lines were manageable and the food was ready in less time than it took to drink an ice, cold beer.

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Sacramentans wait in line to sample the goods from The Chairman, voted San Francisco’s Best Food truck.

The much-anticipated debut of Krush Burger’s new California taco truck, Crave, did not disappoint.  We sampled the Ninja, which, much like its name, seems unassuming until it strikes your taste buds.  Wrapped in a tortilla were flavorfully marinated Korean short ribs with avocado smash, which served as the perfect cool and sweet contrast to balance the fiery siracha aioli.  Just as tasty was the Porky – braised carnitas with pineapple salsa bbq sauce and Asian slaw.  They put the “mmm” in umami – sweet, savory and delicious.  The tacos looked so good, we devoured them before remembered to take a picture.  But the friendly crew at Crave gladly let us take a picture of another customer’s order.

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Krush Burger’s newest addition, Crave, doesn’t disappoint.

The unseasonably warm late September weather didn’t keep crowds away, but it did lead us to pass on Volkswaffle, a sweet warm delicious waffle treat.  With temperatures pushing 90, the OMG (strawberry lemonade with a scoop of watermelon Italian ice) from Rich’s Italian Ice won us over, but we’ll definitely try Volkswaffle next time.

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Addy’s Paella cooks up an impressive dish. We’re still kicking ourselves for not bringing some home for dinner tonight.

And we didn’t even feel bad that our shorts felt a much tighter after sampling all this amazing food. Gypsy mobile boutique was there so we could buy some newer, looser, hipper clothes.

Major kudos for Sac MoFo organizers for making improvements to each MoFo event.  Trucktober Fest went off without a hitch, with a wide variety of trucks and entertainment. And there was even a mobile ATM for those who forgot to grab cash before they came.

The only downside: having to wait until 2013 for the next MoFo event.


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