Who would have thought the RFK Stadium parking lot had so many potential uses! It’s not just for creepy sad carnivals anymore, folks, it’s also for hipster festivals such as Trucko de Mayo. Food trucks have gotten super hip in DC. Want to open a restaurant? Don’t really have any money? Buying a truck, painting it bright colors, and coming up with some gimmicky name for your “business” and menu items might be your path to culinary greatness in DC. Or at least a few mentions on local foodie blogs. Just 2 weeks ago, Lydia DePillis wrote this great article in the Washington City Paper about the popularity of temporary pop-up spaces in DC, and other cities across the country as well. Is it just a way to do some interesting stuff on the cheap during a downturn in the recession, or have we really gotten to the point where the only commitments Generation Y hipster entrepreneurs can make concerning food and art are ephemeral and disposable? Well yeah. And if there is anything ephemeral and disposable in this city, it belongs in the vast wasteland of the RFK parking lot.
First up, we had some performances by DC’s School of Rock kiddie bands. They were actually really good! Seriously, is there anything cooler than 13-year-olds covering Soundgarden and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and actually in key? I’ve seen many, many adult bands that were way worse. Go kids! Thanks for practicing your instruments so hard. And thank you parents, for shelling out for this kind of experience for your kids.
Next up, food! I only had ice cream from Orange Cow (there was almost a riot when the guy yelled out they were out of every flavor but green tea) and iced spearamint tea from the Cajunator. I can vouch for Dangerously Delicious Pies, Curbside Cupcakes, and Tasty Kabob.