Food Truck Bingo launched in Castle Rock

New game aims to get people out supporting food truck community

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/11/20

Several food trucks based in Castle Rock are banding together to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and give the community a fun way to support local businesses. Byron and Kristen Wheeler, who own the …

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Food Truck Bingo launched in Castle Rock

New game aims to get people out supporting food truck community

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Several food trucks based in Castle Rock are banding together to weather the COVID-19 pandemic and give the community a fun way to support local businesses.

Byron and Kristen Wheeler, who own the Castle Rock-based Slim Chickens food truck, launched a Food Truck Bingo game this month in a collaboration among seven food trucks in town.

“I really felt passionate about helping some of these food truck operators,” Byron said. “It's their entire business, their entire livelihood, and they don't have the staff so they can't get out and market.”

In the game, which ends May 31, players cross boxes off Bingo game cards by purchasing meals at the participating food trucks.

Anyone wanting to play can pick up a game card at the seven food trucks or download one from the food trucks' social media pages and print it off at home. The first 500 players who get a “bingo” can take the cards to Mountain Man Nut & Fruit Co., 404 Perry Street, in exchange for a T-shirt.

Byron said the only criteria was that food trucks be based in Castle Rock full-time and all seven that met those requirements joined the effort.

The seven food trucks:

• Slim Chickens

• Uncle Tapas

• Philly on The Go

• Romo's Street Tacos

• Coast 2 Coast

• Cheffin's Cheesesteaks and Cubanos

• El Chamaco's Taco Dealer

John Cumbey, who owns Uncle Tapas, has run his truck for three years. The pandemic brought challenges, he said, but also new opportunities.

“There's a lot of new venues opening up,” he said, “Stuff that we don't traditionally do.”

Both he and Byron said trucks typically park at community hotspots like breweries. With many of those operations closed to in-person service during COVID-19, food trucks instead turned to places like parks and residential neighborhoods.

“It's pretty cool to be able to collaborate with all the other trucks here in town,” Cumbey said.

Byron said his favorite thing to watch as the game got started was people trying food trucks they never had before or didn't know existed.

Cynthia Zarate, who runs Philly on The Go Cheese Steaks, said she loved the concept for that same reason.

“It definitely gets the community involved,” she said. “They have their favorites, but it gives them the option to try other trucks.”

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