Recap: Mangia Ganja Food Truck Series Kickoff

Trap Culture generates big stoney brunch vibes with its new monthly cannabis-friendly food truck event.

PHOENIX, Ariz.—With the cannabis community still knocking water out of its collective ears following Cannafest, which took place just two short weeks ago, Trap Culture has staged yet another lightning-fast turnaround. This time, the group followed up the aforementioned Cannafest, the nation’s first legal cannabis-friendly waterpark pool party, with Mangia Ganja, a new recurring food truck event.

The series, which kicked off this past Sunday, is a miniature, monthly offshoot of the Mangia Ganja Festival—a one-day music, art, food and cannabis festival, which took place in the West Valley this past April. Like its predecessor, October’s Mangia Ganja series kickoff consisted of plenty of delicious food, tons of activities and entertainment, and, of course, an embarrassment of riches in the form of freely-flowing cannabis.

Upon entering the event space Sunday, attendees were met on one side with Tzikii Grill, a food truck serving up appetizing Mediterranean cuisine, and on the other by anatomically-correct, naughty hotcakes from La Hotkeria. Beyond the entrance, Trendsetters were on hand to welcome event-goers to the festivities, with an adjacent DJ booth effectively serving as the heartbeat of the event, courtesy of Deviants, who provided a nicely-curated set of resoundingly chill beats, which reverberated throughout the pleasant, breezy Sunday afternoon.

Inside the main room, patrons scurried to find their favorite vendors, some of which included Caviar Gold, Reefer Gladness, Sonoran Roots, Bud Bros, DeFi Edibles and Tom’s Palms. Also inside, guests enjoyed ample seating, with many taking time to watch some football by way of the two projectors streaming game play during the event.

Meanwhile, in a smaller, smoke-free room next door, a number of guests found respite from the reefered rabble, taking the opportunity to play board games, observe some original local art, courtesy of Jazmin Angeles, or visit with the puppies up for adoption through Desert Tails Animal Clinic.

As the Sunday funday yawned lazily and 4 p.m. drew closer, the congregated masses began to dwindle, until only a faithful few were left to collect the final spoils of the day: remaining product from vendors packing in their wares for the day.

Alongside the smaller room, another group of vendors lined the north facade outside. Among them, OMG Goudness were on present, peddling unique and delicious CBD-infused pickles, as well as a variety of other CBD- and hemp-based snacks.

All told, the day was an all-around success, with every indication suggesting attendees went home with full tummies and veritable treasure troves of assorted canna-goodies.

The gang is back at it on October 29th, when Trap Culture combines forces with Select to bring you the final Gathering of the year, as the Lounge SoHo will be closing temporarily for renovations. For details about this month’s Gathering and beyond, be sure to follow us on Instagram, and head to our website for tickets and further details.