Residents flock to ‘Food Truck Tuesdays’ at Dededo Farmers’ Co-Op

The event went smoothly Tuesday night and a total of 26 vendors participated.

“Food Truck Tuesdays” was a success and families say that it was worth the wait.

In case you missed it, “Food Truck Tuesdays” is officially now at their new home at the Dededo Farmers’ Cooperative.

For many months, it was originally located at the old flea market in Dededo but according to organizers, they needed more space.

Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares says the event went smoothly Tuesday night and a total of 26 vendors participated.

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Mayor Savares says the whole purpose of this event is to assist entrepreneurs in establishing their business in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The highlight of the night is being in the new facility. Some of these vendors have never been to the Farmers Co-op. Being there and seeing one produce farmer … they had a table in the open market area which is that concrete building … and it was funny because at one point in the night when it started to get dark he was carrying his table in the middle where the food trucks were at so he can show people that he has eggplants and cucumbers and I believe he sold out because the next thing you know he was carrying the empty table back,” the mayor said.

Savares added that they are planning to possibly expand “Food Truck Tuesdays” to also Fridays.

Meanwhile, Roke Alcantra, the owner of Mighty Purple Cafe, says business has been tough because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although there were issues posed by the pandemic, Alcantra says they’ve joined other vendors for “Food Truck Tuesdays” and it’s humbling to see northern villagers support his establishment.

“Yes, this canteen has helped us tremendously. But also Wednesdays in Mangilao from 10 to 2 and then Yigo on Friday from 10 to 2 as well. So not just Tuesday nights, we are actually trying to get out there every now and then. We’re also doing events too. We have a birthday party this weekend. So people are just contacting me saying ‘Hey man Roke, is your canteen available for our event? There’s going to be 25 people.’ Whatever we can do with that canteen to get it out there to help defray some of the cost for the cafe, that’s exactly what we are doing,” Alcantra said.

Dededo residents Kamahli Mahli, Kia, Kaylah, and Kali were some of the patrons of “Food Truck Tuesday” and they said they waited at the Kris BBQ line for only 15 minutes and they like the new location.

“Food Trucks Tuesdays” happen at the Dededo Farmers Cooperative every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.