The food truck revolution that has rolled into cities nationwide is making its way to Central Contra Costa County.
Lunchtime food trucks are coming to both Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill starting May 1.
Off the Grid, a popular company that groups, promotes and manages street food vendors into marketplaces, will bring about nine food trucks to Trelany Road behind Pleasant Hill City Hall every Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Taste of the World Market will debut in a central square between the Contra Costa Centre Transit Village and the Pleasant Hill BART station in unincorporated Walnut Creek each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next year, according to market organizer Javid Ebrahimi.
Ebrahimi’s food truck, Grab & Go Kebob, will join about five other food trucks serving a wide range of cuisine and a juice bar.
Customers at the new food truck market will be able to choose between a variety of different food including barbecue, Asian fusion dishes, Filipino, Hawaiian and Persian cuisine.
A portion of the proceeds from the market will go to Fedu, a crowd-funding organization that raises funds to build schools and create educational opportunities in other countries.
“We’re trying to give people a cultural experience through food,” Ebrahimi said.
Depending on how the food market fares, he and his fellow food truck owners hope to host another market at the transit center an additional day each week.
The Walnut Creek native, whose family owns the Copper Skillet restaurant in Martinez, said he’s looking forward to having a food truck closer to home, rather than having to drive to Oakland or San Francisco.
“I thought, ‘All the big cities are doing it, why can’t we do it?'” he said.
Ebrahimi credited Martinez’s city leaders for welcoming the Food Truck Mafia’s “Street Eats” market earlier this year, which he believes helped pave the way for food truck markets in Concord, Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill.