Viera Park Market extends into evening with popular new food truck event


Food from vendors El Cactus Azul, Up in Smoke, Willie T’s Crab Shack, Saigon Sizzle, Cheesecake by Design, Union Jacks, Poke Kai, Eat Qual, and Chicken Waffle Grill can be enjoyed at the Friday Food Truck Farmer’s Market on the first Friday of each month.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy of Eddie Boyd

On a chilly evening in February, residents gathered at Viera Regional Park to sample a variety of tasty restaurant favorites during the first Friday Food Truck Farmer’s Market.

The food truck event was well-attended, drawing about 800 visitors throughout the late afternoon and evening. Customers enjoyed delicious foods from eight popular Orlando restaurants.

“We have this exciting new thing going on,” said Karen Shea, co-owner of TCS Foods, LLC. “The county approached us about this; they came up with the idea of having food trucks at night. It was a huge success.”

The food truck market will continue from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Food vendors sell a variety of side dishes from $4 to $6 and entree-sized meals for around $10. March menu selections will include English Pub, Vietnamese and vegan entrees.

“We had eight trucks and ran out of food,” Shea said of the February event, “so there will be more vendors in the coming months.”

Orange Food Concepts, LLC, a food truck planning and event company owned by Brian Connor, said that some chefs can accommodate dietary restrictions.

Vendors for March 2 will include El Cactus Azul, Up in Smoke, Willie T’s Crab Shack and Saigon Sizzle.

The food truck smorgasbord is expected to gain popularity in the coming months. Chefs prepare and serve the hot and spicy menu items from the trucks’ kitchens.

Tables, chairs and lighting were organized by Eddie Boyd, the Brevard County Parks and Recreation South Area’s program coordinator. Shea, along with husband and TCS Foods co-owner Tim Shea, will continue working together with the county every month.

“It was cold but everyone was talking, eating and having fun,” Shea said, “So many people were out, it was great.”

The Sheas strive to provide the community with fresh local food, crafts and specialty items, encouraging locals to come out and enjoy the fresh air and great food.

Their Viera Park Market event, featuring local vendors, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday at the same location as the first Friday truck event. The Sheas’ weekly Downtown Melbourne Farmer’s Market at Riverview Park has been popular for the past five years.

The Viera Park Market and the Friday Food Truck Farmer’s Market are held at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, adjacent to the Viera Regional Park Recreation Center.