Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Brews and Bites: The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food

(The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar)

HISTORIC TRIANGLE — The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar food truck will roll onto the campus of William & Mary this fall as part of a partnership with the university and Aramark.

Daisy, the Bumbling Bee’s happily named truck, can be found parked at the Sadler Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. starting Sept. 15.

(The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar)

Owned by mother-daughter duo Cassandra and India Ayala, the two women have more than 13 years of experience with food trucks, several awards, and even a Shark Tank appearance to their name.

The Bumbling Bee formerly had two brick-and-mortar locations before staffing challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to close.

The business specializes in delectable vegan junk food, featuring items like juicy burgers, southern fried “chickun” sandwiches, crispy fries, and indulgent milkshakes, all crafted with 100% plant-based deliciousness. The menu caters to dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, and flexitarian — even the herbivore curious.

The Bumbling Bee stands out by providing a welcoming space for diverse dietary needs, allowing patrons to relish flavorful offerings without compromising on dietary restrictions.

The Mother Cluck. (The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar)

“The average price point ranges from $15 to $20, catering to individuals seeking a forward-thinking dining experience with a new center of the plate, yet focused around a familiar comfort,” Cassandra adds, “Being able to offer items like thick, dreamy milkshakes to the dairy-free crowd is a memorable experience!”

The dish that gained prominence and the most fan-loved is the “Mother Cluck” or “Hot Mother Clucker,” featuring a double-dipped Gardein chicken patty, creamy coleslaw, house aioli, and dill pickles on a brioche bun — with or without Buffalo sauce.

The Ayalas are excited to bring their menu to Williamsburg on a more permanent basis and provide delicious vegan choices to the community.

(The Bumbling Bee Vegan Junk Food & Burger Bar)

“The Hive will be located in the heart of the campus with beautiful seating and accessible to the students, faculty, and the public alike,” said Cassandra.

The truck is open to both students and the public. Preordering and walk-ins are both welcome. The Bumbling Bee will accept the Tribe Card for payment from W&M students.

For further details, including hours of operation and menu, visitors can head to the The Bumbling Bee webpage.

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