On Saturday, August 3, from 3 to 10 p.m., the last of the Justice League of Street Food parties will unleash in RiNo at TAXI (3507 Ringsby Court). Fans of the cultish street food gatherings may not been pleased with the news of this grand finale, but those behind the group promise a bash to top all bashes organized in the last four years. On top of it, one lucky Eater Denver reader plus a guest can eat and drink for FREE at the party.
The line-up for this last event includes more vendors than ever before - 13 food trucks and carts, one pizza maker working out of a wood-fired oven on site, and an independent retail store on wheels. The food trucks and carts are: Pinche Tacos, Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, the Biscuit Bus, Denver Cupcake Truck, the Pie Truck, Quiero Arepas, Cap'n Crabby, Mythos Gourmet Greek, Big Country Bar B Que, Baba & Pops' Pierogis & Kielbasa, Aiko Pops, Peteybird Ice Cream Sandwiches, and Hey PB & J. Pizza will be baked to order by Babette's Artisan Breads, a craft bakery that will soon open its doors in the Source. Shopping for specialty wares will be brought by special guest Brick & Mortar General Store, the retail equivalent of a food truck, featuring items made by local artists.
What else will be happening? The bar will be offering Avery beers, Moscow Mules, and Margaritas, plus a tasting table featuring high-end tequilas and bourbons. The bar takes cash only, but an ATM will be available on site. DJ Spencer Foreman and special guest DJ K-Tron will be spinning live all night long.
The party will be set up around TAXI's shipping container pool, which guests are invited to enjoy. There will be a lifeguard on duty and a satellite bar on the pool's deck.There will be a playground open for parents and kids and plenty of covered seating in case of rain or scorching sun.
Proceeds from the bar sales will benefit the Excelsior Youth Center and a long-time Denver Cupcake Truck employee who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Proceeds from the Cupcake and Pie trucks will also go to help with this employee's medical bills.
Before we all say good-bye to the Justice League, let's remember a few things about this group, its start, and life. In the summer of 2010, Josh Wolkon of Steuben's gathered food truck friends and asked them to band together to bring Denver a unique food truck party. The first party was called "Bash at the Bag Factory," because it was held next to an empty plastic bag factory at 20th & Huron. For the first year, the Denver Film Society partnered with the Justice League to project interesting movies and clips on the side of the plastic bag factory after dark. The first event actually had vintage Justice League cartoons. DJ Bobby C was the original DJ of these bashes and performed at all of the Justice League parties for the first two years. He has since gone on to tour internationally, which, everyone agrees, is pretty awesome.
For the first event, the truck leaders all agreed that they would consider it a success if 500 people attended. Several thousand people showed up. At that first event, the Infinite Monkey Theorem served wine out of an old taco truck painted the outside with their logo- that was the only event that they ever participated in. On several occasions, the Justice League was contacted by television networks about possible TV show angles--they had several meetings but nothing panned out.
The Justice League of Street Food has never paid for any type of advertising. At each party, proceeds from bar sales were donated to a charity. The group estimates that they have donated more than $20,000 over the course of the last four years.
To enter the drawing for FREE food and drink for two at the last Justice League party, share your favorite memory of previous parties (or a food truck related memory if you have never attended) in the comments section and - very important- do leave your email addressthere as well. The winner will be announced on Friday at 12 p.m.
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