Ninja edit: I support and like food trucks, and wish I could get to the ones at GC more. Just usually can't.
The lines can be long, for sure, but I've had good luck hitting them up at non-peak times. Lunch at 11, dinner at 4:30 that kind of thing. As long as your event schedule works with it, obviously.
I don't go to a bunch of other conventions, so maybe the food truck thing is common now, but I really think it's something that sets GenCon apart and it bothers me that the con runners would essentially exercise editorial control over what kinds of food the trucks are allowed to serve.
I have zero issue with taking HotBox's money as a sponsor. Make them the "Official" pizza of GenCon, whatever. But let the other pizza vendors sell pizza as well.
I didn't hit the food trucks last year but for reals? A couple years ago we had some amazing pizza and I would be very very sad to see anything like an axclusive offered to ANY type of food. Terrible, horrible idea. If it is that way this year, I will NOT be getting any Hotbox. Boo. Terrible idea.
I went and looked over the sponsorship thing though and I see nothing in writing about 'exclusive' anything. I mean seriously. There is an offical 'beer' for gen con but they don't have exclusivity, to my knowledge...do they? I don't drink beer, so didn't really look. But if there is, wouldn't it really be up to whoever organizes the food trucks to go along with it? Because I see /zero/ /zero/ /zero/ benefit to agreeing not to sell a gamer mainstay like pizza. Just plain dumb.
The best way to show Gen Con (and Hot Box) that this is a bad idea is to vote with your $. If enough people boycott Hotbox, they will feel it where it hurts most.
Hotbox won't be losing any money from a small boycott, just making less. And they'll already be making a mint off Gencon. If you got a lot of people to boycott, they'd still make more than they would if GC allowed other pizza sales, I bet.
I think exclusive deals for GenCon is a great idea that they should expand on.
Maybe Mayfair can get Settlers of Catan billed as the exclusive game and no other boardgames can be sold.
I actually wanted to eat at the food trucks last year, but the lines were very long and by the time I got to the front of the line, they were out of food. I then had to stand in another very long line, only to be told they were out of what I wanted. This happened 2 times on 2 separate days. (Hot Box was one of those.) I did get to try their pizza, it was cold and not very good, definately not worth the price. I won't be giving them my money this year.
Great post, and I agree 100%. I also like the conference, but the food trucks were not that good and now I know why. My son and I went out to find some pizza and hate Hot Box pizza, so we were looking for anything else. At least I realize now that we will have to walk over to the mall to eat again.
I also can't fault Gencon for taking cash to have Hot Box be the defacto pizza.
Relatively new to GenCon, where are these food trucks located? Last year only ate and the mall food court as I had to take stuff to the car, couldn't get into the housing block. Might try these food trucks, thanks in advance.
We literally only came to Gen Con last year to eat two meals at the food trucks. Ending up spending a few hours in the dealer hall and buying a bunch of stuff, but that was not why we made the trip. The Hot Box tent looked uninspiring and out of place. Luckily there were lots of tasty options, so we didn't even notice the lack of interesting pizza.
The food trucks are awful. I would say average time between when you get in line and when you actually get your food is like 45 minutes to an hour and most of the time the food isn't anything special. I would actually limit what the trucks can sell for the ones closest to the convention center. If they just have to make one thing over and over they would get a lot more people through the line. I won't even try the food trucks anymore. It is faster to walk to the mall food court.
I ate at Island Noodles truck last year. I think they had the right idea. They had like 3 items batched made. The longest time i was in line was like 10 mins. I really liked it and it was priced decently well.
But that said, Noodles and Co is fantastic. Even with a line, I usually got my food in 15 mins. Not bad considering the crowd