Food Truck Rumble happening Saturday in Perris

Food Truck RumbleThere’s a rumble happening Saturday (April 25) in Perris and the knives are gonna come out.

Oh, and the forks and the spoons, too.

The Food Truck Rumble will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the DropZone Waterpark, 2165 Trumble Road.

Admission and parking are free, plus spending $5 or more at any of the trucks will get you free admission to the waterpark, which will have a limited number attractions available.

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Free Wetzel’s Pretzels at Victoria Gardens tomorrow

As we’ve stated before, we’re big fans of free here at Dine 909.

Wetzel’s Pretzels is returning to Victoria Gardens in Rancho Cucamonga, and the location will celebrate by giving away pretzels all day tomorrow (April 23).

You read that right: Free Wetzel’s Pretzels!

The new/old location — which is celebrating its grand opening Friday and Saturday — can be found at 12521 North Main St., next door to the California Pizza Kitchen.

San Bernardino’s Third Thursdays Food Fest returns today

SB Third ThursdaysFood trucks are once again rolling in to downtown San Bernardino today (April 16) for the city’s Third Thursdays Food Fest.

As usual, the trucks will be parked in the City Hall parking lot on the south side of Court Street, between D and E streets between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Scheduled to serve:

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Discount tickets available this weekend for inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival

Inland Empire Salsa FestivalPre-sale tickets are available for the inaugural Inland Empire Salsa Festival.

The event — scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 16 at White Park in Riverside — features salsa tasting and competition, a beer and wine garden, and live entertainment, including host Jordin Sparks, Baby Bash and A Lighter Shade of Brown.

If you’re interested in going, though, you might want to purchase your tickets this weekend.

You see, general admission tickets are available on the event’s website for $10 (plus $1.54 service fee). The site is also offering early bird discount tickets (through May 1) for just $8 (plus $1.43), a decent bargain. Kids 12 and under are admitted free.

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San Bernardino food truck lineup features new names

Third Thursday Food Fest March 2015Tomorrow (March 19) is the return of the popular downtown San Bernardino Third Thursdays Food Fest, and this month’s lineup features some new trucks.

Joining for the first time are the Lobos Truck, Belly BombZ and San Bernardino-based Brätworks.

Returning are Crepes Bonaparte, the Grilled Cheese Truck, My Delight Cupcakery, Piaggio on Wheels, and Street Foods Co.

Attendees will receive a free sbX ride voucher with a meal purchase from any of the trucks.

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Claremont Pie Festival returns Saturday

Saturday (March 14) is Pi Day, and the city of Claremont is again celebrating the day with the Claremont Pie Festival.

The event features pie baking and eating contests, pie making demos, pie tastings, a vintage apron exhibit, a pie recipe card hunt, kids’ apron decorating and an apron parade, along with classic cars, live music and vendor booths.

The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Village.

Headquarters for the festival is the I Like Pie Bake Shop, 175 N. Indian Hill Blvd., naturally.

Click here for more information and contest forms.

San Bernardino Elephant Bar to be reborn as Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant

Jiro's Japanese RestaurantWe’ve been watching construction going on at the former Elephant Bar at 1050 E. Harriman Place in San Bernardino and had figured out it was going to be Jiro’s Japanese Restaurant, but then San Bernardino Sun reporter Ryan Hagen came along and filled in the blanks for us.

The new restaurant is expected to open in May.

We’re thinking it should do well, since there hasn’t been a Japanese restaurant in the Hospitality Lane area since Yamazato of Japan closed in December 2008.

And, no, we’re not counting Seattle’s Best Teriyaki.

Read Ryan’s article here.

Fontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill goes upscale with new addition

Tio's Grille and CantinaFontana’s Tio’s Mexican Grill, 16953 Sierra Lakes Parkway, just went upscale with the addition of Tio’s Grille & Cantina next door.

The new place — which had its grand opening on Saturday — looks amazing!

It’s truly a family affair, as the owners’ niece, who operates designstiles, created the look.

You can check out the pics (from Sabra Lattos Photography) here.

Share Italian with the Let’s Dine Out crew

Reservations are now being taken for the latest Let’s Dine Out Show Grub Club event.

Allen Borgen and crew will host diners at Domenico’s Italian Kitchen, 890 Oak Valley Parkway in Beaumont. The event is scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 p.m. March 8.

Participants will sample 14 different dishes, including four different pizzas. Cost is $42 per person, which includes tax, tip and a non-alcoholic beverage.

For more information, including a full menu, click here. To make a reservation, click here.