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Annual Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival Underway

A Dang Brother Pizza employee about hand a freshly baked pizza to a customer ...

Photo by Shalina Chatlani

Above: A Dang Brother Pizza employee about hand a freshly baked pizza to a customer at the Balboa Park Holiday Food Truck Festival, Dec. 27, 2019.

The annual Holiday Food Truck Festival in Balboa Park got underway Thursday and runs through Monday, featuring gourmet offerings served up by more than a dozen San Diego food trucks.

"Yeah we're usually out here for the Food Truck Fridays. But in between Christmas and New Years, they let all the trucks in," said Kevin Spenla, owner of Dang Brother Pizza. "We're able to come out to the park for the next four days and make a bunch of food for everyone."

Food trucks will be open for business from noon until 7 p.m. each day.

"We get 60-70,000 people a day during this period," Balboa Park Conservancy's Sue Varga said. "I don't know how many are here today, but as you can see there are a lot."

Besides great dining choices, attendees will enjoy live performances by different musical groups from 4 to 7 p.m. daily in the Plaza. Featured evening performers include the Carmen Murray Jazz Trio Thursday evening, Finnegan Blue on Friday, Theo and the Zydeco Patrol on Saturday, Sue Palmer on Sunday and the Bayou Brothers on Monday.

A rotating selection of games and activities will also be offered on the Plaza de Panama, including giant checkers, hula hoops, bowling and giant tumbling blocks, with the dazzling holiday light display in Balboa Park as a backdrop.

Visit for details and the food truck roster.

Listen to this story by Shalina Chatlani.


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