Food Truck Fridays

Lunch with a view at Zuanich Point Park

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

When my dad turned 80, I threw him a birthday party at my house that drew friends and relatives from near and far—including three of his four older brothers, my two siblings, a bevy of local compadres and various other notable humans who’d made an impact on his life thus far.

His 81st birthday was a much smaller affair, but still ended up being a heck of a good time. After plans to visit longtime friends in Anacortes fell through, my fella and I decided we’d put together a stay-cation of sorts for the man of the hour.

Without further ado, we fashioned a May Day picnic lunch stuffed full of various kinds of spreadable cheeses, grapes, sliced apples, French bread, cole slaw, roast chicken and strawberry shortcake, and made the short drive from our abode in the York neighborhood to Zuanich Point Park.

The blustery-but-blue-skied spring day ended up being perfect in so many ways. After snagging a picnic table near the paved pathway of the four-acre park, we settled in for the long haul.

In addition to enjoying the company and the waterfront views of Bellingham Bay, Squalicum Harbor, and Lummi Island—where my father resides—we watched kids fly kites that were bigger than they were, discovered rollerblading is still a thing, witnessed approximately 100 small dogs leading their masters, and discovered my dad wasn’t making it up when he spelled the word “epee” during a rousing game of Travel Scrabble.  By the end of the day, our lunch was long gone, and the birthday boy declared the outing to be a rousing success.

A few months later, when I heard the Port of Bellingham was hosting “Food Truck Fridays” at Zuanich from early August until the end of October, I recalled how lovely that afternoon was, and realized how lucky we are to live in proximity to so many places where lunch can come with a view.

If putting together a picnic lunch isn’t on your agenda, “Food Truck Fridays” means you don’t have to. Instead, the Port will host two or three rotating local food trucks from 11am-2pm near the Squalicum Boat House at the end of every week, making it that much easier to settle in to enjoy the views of the high-flying kites, the boats making their way out of the harbor and the watery vistas beyond. If you think he’d like it, bring along your own father.

UPDATE: Food Truck Fridays has been canceled. The WA State Food Truck Association and the Port of Bellingham negotiated the details of the event and had everything in place. Both the Port and the Association were very excited to bring this new opportunity to the waterfront. Unfortunately, when the Association looped back to the food truck vendors who requested the Food Truck Fridays, they had fully booked their schedules for the rest of the summer. The Association and the Port will meet in April 2018 so the vendors can book the Fridays before their season kicks off. However, Zuanich Point Park remains a lovely place for a picnic, so don’t let that stop you.

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