Valentine's Day - Meh. Instead, Let's Make it National Food Truck Date Day! - 50 Food Truck Dates

Valentine’s Day – Meh. Instead, Let’s Make it National Food Truck Date Day!

February 14th – that sounds familiar. What day is that again? Oh yeah – Valentine’s Day. The day that seems to be hated more and more each passing year, and by everyone, according to SF Weekly.

Here’s what I hate – Valentine’s Day leaves couples and singles feeling broke, bored and bummed. There’s a lot of bemoaning about needing to “prove” your love one contrite day a year, and a lot of sulking and sad feelings if you don’t have someone to line your stairway with rose petals, stand outside your window with a boombox, or cook you dinner, naked, in an Italian David statue apron (happened to me once, true story).

So I thought to myself – why not motivate everyone to change this negative Valentine’s Day sentiment around?

I’ve had a ton of fun with changing MY attitude toward dating by doing low-key and fun Food Truck Dates, so why don’t we make February 14th National Food Truck Day instead of V-Day!?

I’m picturing a day where your honey, blind date, friends with benefits, or BFFs can all come together for a little food truck grub and a fun, stress-free time – no more negative Meh Valentine’s Day thoughts.

National Food Truck Date Day

I envisioning a big ole fun MOVEMENT. I want to crowdsource dates from across the nation and make one short, fun little video of it all! It might start out small this year, but then maybe it’ll grow and grow… change starts with one little seed! And I want to change February 14th around for everyone. <3

Help me out, lovers! I’d love for you to do a quick and dirty, fun and easy, Food Truck Date sometime next week in the name of Valentine’s Day National Food Truck Date Day. This date can be with a boyfriend, husband, OKCupid blind date, BFF, friend with benefits – ANYONE you want. All I ask is you send me some sort of media from your date! This can be anything you’d like, but here are some ideas:

  • A photo of you and your date, the food truck, your grub, etc. Use #NtlFTDDay if you post it to Instagram (my fav!)
  • A Tweet that says what you’re doing, who you’re with, any fun detail from your date. (Use the #NtlFTDDay hashtag! And if you remember to tag @the50dates, I’d love you forever).
  • A mini video clip with your date, or thoughts before/after the date, etc.

Choose what you want to say and do, or answer any of the following prompts:

  1. Where did you and your date meet?
  2. What do you love most about your date?
  3. What did you think of the food truck?
  4. Why do you love the idea of National Food Truck Day instead of Valentine’s Day?

Last and final step – I’d love you to help me spread the word in any way you can! Tell your friends to join you in the movement, RSVP yes to the National Food Truck Date Day Facebook invite, forward this along, write a blog post – any way you can help me get the word out to help change the sentiment on February 14th!

Email me at jeanna at the50dates dot com if you have any questions! And if you’re in San Francisco, come join me in person at National Food Truck Date Day Stoplight Party with my cohosts Lyft, Mensch of the Month, Joey the Cat Skeeball, CrushHub and 50/50: A Dating Documentary.


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About Jeanna

Jeanna's going on 50 Food Truck Dates - 50% for the story, 50% for the love and 25% for the food. That's more than 100%, but who's judging. Follow her food and date adventures in San Francisco and beyond by subscribing to via email or RSS.
6th February 2013
  • Sarah Alway

    I hate Valentine’s Day and refuse to celebrate it (stupid, commercialized holiday with ridiculous unjustified expectations that are never met) so I LOVE the idea of National Food Truck Date Day instead! Count me in, although I am slow with technology so I probably won’t be sending you anything other than photos via email or something. I adore this idea though! Now… which food truck should I visit?? I do love El Camion in Ballard but maybe I should branch out… Any Seattle suggestions?

    • the50dates

      YAY! I love it when people “get” my idea. :) Photos via email TOTALLY work. There’s a great Seattle food truck site that might help with finding a truck:
      People also really love Where Ya At Matt and Marination Mobile!

      • Sarah Alway

        It also occurred to me that I’ve been wanting to track down the Skillet food truck ever since I ate at the restaurant (and had bacon jam!) Maybe I’ll do that…

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