Julie Festa, posing with her dogs, has released a new book on her food truck experiences. Photo submitted
The rise of the food trucks have been commonplace in many metro areas over the past few years, but the 615’s Julie Festa has had her eye on the culinary scene from the beginning.
Festa started the website, nashvillefoodtruckjunkie.com, years ago but at that time there weren’t as many and they weren’t as accessible as they are today. Her site was a tool for the consumer to find the “when” and “where” of food trucks in Nashville, and also a place where she could lend her thoughts and reviews.
“I decided to be the source. I did some research and started to keep up with their locations. I wanted a site where people could see locations for all the trucks and not have to go to their individual pages,” Festa said.
With her knowledge of the industry, Festa has released a new book titled “Nashville Food Truck: Stories and Recipes from the Road.” The book is a compilation of recipes from trucks, stories of food truck owners and other tips.
“The initial idea was to help create the personal connection with the food trucks, talk about the people behind them and provide a recipe or too,” Festa added.
She says she wanted to get a variety of new trucks and trucks that were her favorites, plus those that were a year old and trendsetters as well.
Given the popularity of food trucks, the book comes at a perfect time as Nashville’s culinary scene is one that is thriving and gaining in popularity every day.
“There are many talented chefs that should run brick and mortars that are running food trucks. You can have sit-down eatery food and not be formal and it’s so accessible,” Festa claims as attributes to their recognition.
“The one item I think people should know about food trucks is that it’s not fast food. Most are making the items from scratch.”
Regarding Nashville, Festa says Music City has always had a solid food scene.
“For some reason the nation is taking notice all of a sudden. I think the food trucks help expand the base. I think Nashville is doing a lot of clever things with food and the market has grown into it over the past few years. The crowd is coming out and starting to enjoy it,” Festa said.
“I’m proud of it and I hope the trend continues.”
Festa’s book can be purchased via Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble locations across Middle Tennessee.
In addition, Festa will have a book signing on July 12 at Parnassus Books in Nashville. Other Nashville retailers include East Side Story.