Christina Meiser, Staff Writer

Happy Place BBQ made Florida Southern a permanment home on campus in September.

Happy Place BBQ is located by the Becker Business Building and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food truck is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Breakfast is served from opening to 11:00 a.m. and lunch and dinner are served from 11:00 a.m. until closing.

Happy Place BBQ was specifically placed outside the Becker Business Building for the convenience of the students with classes there.

“It was added as an alternative to ‘the Caf, BuckStop, Grill Master and Tutu’s,” a Happy Place BBQ staff member said.

With room for expansion, the menu mainly offers southern smoked meats and has the ability to cater to vegetarians. Happy Place BBQ’s menu includes a variety of pulled pork, sandwiches, salads and sides.

Food trucks are very popularin the Lakeland area. Lakeland’s September food truck rally, featured 25 trucks with an variety of food ranging from desserts, to seafood, to ethnic foods from all over the world.

The food truck rally was held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The first 300 Florida Southern College students were offered $5 vouchers.

Fritan’Go was one of the trucks to offer a special sampler for college students with vouchers. The sampler featured rice, beans, chicken and some type of fried or baked bananas. Fritan’Go specializes in “Homemade Nicaraguan Cooking” according to their Facebook page, Frtian’Go Food Truck.

Who’s Your Dumpin, a food truck company from Tampa, had a sampler plate with a few interesting types of dumplings, including a cheeseburger one.

Other popular food trucks included: The Bacon Boss, Tree House Truck, Bem Bom Food, I Wanna Wok and Nico’s Arepas Grill.

Many students attended the rally, including Florida Southern College junior Johnathan Fivecoat.

“It was a great experience with quality food, people and weather,” Fivecoat said.

Sophomore Erica Bitting, who played the ukulele and guitar onstage, said she loved the lemonade truck.

“My favorite thing is the lemonade that’s shaken with sugar and a lemon like they have at festivals,” Bitting said.