First Magnitude Brewing Company hosted a trip around the world on Sunday.
The international food truck rally, hosted in partnership with MA Latin Entertainment, made its debut at 3 p.m. with 24 trucks featuring cuisines such as Mexican, British and Italian. About 3,000 people attended the free event, which also included Latin music and jazz music.
Attendees were also able to donate to Gainesville Girls Rock Camp, which teaches adolescent girls how to play instruments and perform in a band. Donation jars for the non-profit organization sat at the front of food trucks.
Marta Antron, an event organizer with MA Latin Entertainment, wasn’t sure how much the entire event cost, but the organization spent about $1,000 for advertising and about $100 for music. She decided to plan an international event because of her success with hosting Latinx events in the past.
“It’s something multicultural because you can try food from different parts of the world in just one spot,” she said.
Andrew O’Connor, a 24-year-old UF material science doctoral student, said he goes to the brewery often and attended the food truck rally with two classmates. He ate sweet fried plantains and croquettes, but the chicken empanadas from the Arepas Milko food truck were his favorite.
O’Connor said he’s gone to food truck rallies in other cities, but this was his first one in Gainesville.
“I was pretty impressed with the speed of service of First Mag,” he said. “Overall, it was a well-attended event.”
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Johnny Ho, the co-owner of Lulu’s Gelato, takes a break in his food truck Sunday afternoon during the First International Food Truck Rally at First Magnitude Brewing Company. Ho and his wife, Tina, have been in the food industry for close to five decades, but now they focus on their gelato truck which they named after their granddaughter Lulu. They make small-batch gelato and sorbetto. Their food truck is normally located at the Jonesville Persimmon and Fruit Tree Nursery.