Three food truck festivals on tap in the Inland Empire this weekend

Damien Food Truck Movie NightThree events featuring food trucks are scheduled here in the Inland Empire this weekend.

The Santiago High School Sharkfest is scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today (August 14). Eleven food trucks — including our friends from My Delight Cupcakery and Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza — are scheduled to participate in this free event.

The school is at 1395 E. Foothill Parkway, Corona.

For more information, including a list of scheduled trucks, click here.

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Farrell’s Ice Cream Challenge is back

Farrell's Ice Cream Eating Challenge 2015Do you love ice cream?

Do you really love ice cream?

If you do, and you think you’ve got what it takes, good news: Qualifications have begun for Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour Restaurant’s sixth annual Splendiferously Superific Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge.

Whew…that’s a challenge just reading that.

To qualify, visit any Farrell’s between now and July 12 and pay a $20 entry fee. You’ll receive a limited-edition T-shirt, a $5 coupon for your next visit and a three-scoop sundae.

Then, wolf down that sundae as fast as you can.

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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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Riverside Plaza Dickey’s Barbecue Pit begins three-day grand opening celebration today

Dickey's Riverside Grand OpeningThe new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Riverside Plaza (3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 314) is celebrating a three-day grand opening beginning at 11 a.m. this morning (November 6).

Today, the first 50 guests receive gift cards worth up to $50 and the next 100 guests will receive free meal vouchers.

On Friday (November 7), the first 100 guests will receive a big yellow cup of tea, plus there will be giveaways of  Dickey’s swag all day long.

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Food trucks headed to tonight’s Fall Festival at the Grove Community Church

Grove Fall FestivalSixteen food trucks, are scheduled to be part of the church’s Fall Festival, which is set for 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight (October 31).

Scheduled trucks include Belly Bombz, Classic Taco Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, the Cupcake Place, Eat ‘Em Up Truck, the Grilled Cheese Truck, Kona Ice, MexiCalbi, Porko Rico BBQ, Rita’s Italian Ice and Frozen Custard, Rolling Sushi Van, the Sweet Stop, Tornado Potato and Where’s the Fire Gourmet Pizza.

The Grove Community Church is at 19900 Grove Community Drive.

For more information on this free event, click here.

Give blood, get a Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour sundae

Farrell's Blood DriveFarrell’s Ice Cream Parlour is hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (August 23) at its Rancho Cucamonga location, 10742 E. Foothill Blvd.

Donors receive a free sundae, and will be entered into a drawing for a Farrell’s birthday party for a group of 10.

Heck, that’s way better than orange juice and cookies!

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Riverside Restaurant Week concludes on Sunday

Riverside Restaurant Week has expanded beyond last year’s downtown borders.

This year’s crop of participating restaurants run the gamut from Subway to Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood in the Mission Inn, with something for every taste and budget.

Specials include percent-off deals, daylong happy hour prices and prix fixe menus.

For a complete list of specials and participating eateries, click here.

Riverside Restaurant Week ends Sunday (June 29).

Blaze Pizza coming to Riverside Plaza, offering free pizza for a day

Blaze PizzaPizza fans! Mark your calendars for next Tuesday (June 17).

That’s the day the new Blaze Pizza will be giving out free pizza.

Yes…free!

It’s the second Inland Empire location for the chain, which opened at the Desert Hills Premium Outlets in Cabazon back in April.

The new pizzeria is in Riverside Plaza, at 3540 Riverside Plaza Drive, Suite 328.

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Military personnel get a free sundae at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour in May

Farrell'sMilitaryThis month, military folks can get a free sundae at Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour.

Through May 31, the restaurant is celebrating National Military Appreciation Month by giving a free Red, White and Blue sundae to all current and former military personnel.

Civilians can purchase the sundae for $7.99 and Farrell’s will donate $1 to A Million Thanks, a nonprofit military support organization.

Farrell’s Inland Empire locations are in Rancho Cucamonga (10742 Foothill Blvd.) and Riverside (3610 Park Sierra Drive).