Girls on the Grid Head ‘Off the Grid'
By Cristina Guccione
It’s common these days to see people more engaged on their phones and social media than the person sitting across the dinner table. The ever-constant status updates and Tweets, the minute by minute flow of information, and exposure into people’s lives has become the norm. Starting this Sunday, June 12, Off the Grid is hosting their first food truck event in West Sacramento to create an experience that enables communities to connect and re-connect with each other. The “grid” refers to the irrepressible tie most of us have to work, online engagement, and every day distractions. So, put down your phone, get off the “grid” and enjoy some good ol’ fashion fun in the sun with family and friends.
Off the Grid started in the Bay Area in 2010 and currently holds events in 27 cities, with over 45 weekly locations and attracts 60,000 people per week. Lucky for us, they selected Sacramento for their newest expansion due to our “farm-to-fork” movement and how we embrace our local community.
Price Range: Free to attend – you can bring lawn chairs and blankets. They also offer sun shelter tents that accommodate four people and rents for $75.00. The larger 10’x10’ tents with a picnic table, for 20 people, rents for $100. Rentals can be reserved on their website and are 50% off until July 10th.
When: Every Sunday starting June 12, 2016 through the end of October.
Where: River Walk Park (651 2nd Street) – West Sacramento.
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Click here for more information and to see a complete list of vendors.
Food for Thought – for Customers:
- Not only will there be food trucks and vendors, there is music and activities for the kids.
- Every other Sunday the vendors rotate with each other so keep coming back for new flavors and experiences – each event has 10 food trucks and 10 tented vendors.
- Rye on the Road will offer beer selections from local breweries, wine and specialty craft cocktails – the BEST part is that there is not a designated “beer garden” so you can walk around with your drinks.
- No outside vendors (i.e. tradeshow booths) are allowed which means you will not have people trying to sign you up for something, asking for your donations or support, or distracting you from spending quality time with your family and friends.
- There will be a FREE cooling tent with misters to ensure you don’t overheat!
Food for Thought – for Vendors:
- They choose their vendors through an open call application process and select the most professional, highest quality vendors. The staff at Off the Grid interviews each vendor, tastes their food, and completes a score card to carefully select each vendor. For those vendors who are not chosen, Off the Grid works with them to improve their service/food to help them secure a spot in future events.
- For restaurants that do not have food trucks, Off the Grid provides 10 tents so that they can showcase their cuisine.
- Off the Grid aims to support each vendor and make them as successful as possible within their community. They also prioritize in selecting minority and women owned businesses.
Nicole Felix, owner of OMG! Yogurt who will be at Off the Grid on Sunday June 19, told GOTG that she had great experience working with the staff at Off the Grid. “The entire process of becoming a vendor was very professional,” said Felix. “Over the weekend I attended the vendor orientation and was able to get all my questions answered. I am really looking forward to being part of this new event in Sacramento.”
Girls on the Grid will have a tent this Sunday, June 12 so come down and join us for a Sunday filled with awesome food, drinks, and friends!