2016 updated: It’s a new year, and as always, there are new food truck events popping up all over St. Louis. There’s Feast in the Park, Parks Food Truck Fest, Taste of Trucktober, and plenty of others. However, the first food truck event, now in it’s 6th year, that helped create the food truck boom in St. Louis, is the one and only Food Truck Friday.
Check out the 2016 Food Truck Friday Schedule presented by Sauce Magazine in Tower Grove Park:1st Food Truck Friday! May 13th: 4-8pm (put it on your calendar now) June 10: 4-8pm July 8: 4-8pm August 12: 4-8pm September 9: 4-8pm Last Food Truck Friday: October 7 (this one usually starts earlier)
The Food Truck Friday List for 2016 (subject to change):
Sarah’s Cake Stop
The Sweet Divine
Guerilla Street Food
LuLu’s Local Eatery
Pi On The Spot
Slice of the Hill
Go Gyro Go
Cha Cha Chow
Smitty’s Snack Shack
Fire & Ice Cream
Bombay Food Junkies
The food truck craze is still in full affect and I’m excited to test out some of the new trucks added to the list this year. Some of my favorite oldies but goodies that it appears will be there include: Pi on the Spot, Completely Sauced (their Po’ Boys…yum), and Cha Cha Chow (get a BBQ Pork Taco). I’m not a big dessert fan, so I generally head straight for the meat, but The Sweet Divine is a must-save-room-for truck.
In addition to the food, there will be live music.
May 13th – Letter To Memphis
June 10th – Emily Wallace
July 8th – Tommy Halloran
August 12th – Bottoms Up Blues Gang
September 9th – Cree Rider
October 7th – Western Satellites
Speed Pass: You can purchase a speed pass for $10 at the Sauce tent, which is good to use for 1 time at 1 event to expedite you through the line if you’re feeling extra hungry.Some tips from someone who’s been:
- On a nice day the lines will be long. If you get there late, there may not be much of a variety left so get there as soon as you can.
- Most (likely all) take credit cards, so you don’t have to have cash. Although it probably speeds up the process a bit.
- Bring a lawn chair with a cup holder. A blanket will suffice but you’ll have to set your drink on the ground which could easily get knocked over by someone walking by. Some people go all out and bring tables and wine and such, which is cool but not necessary, but a blanket or lawn chair is a must.
- If you live in the South City area, make sure you know where you’re going before you try to hike it there. If you live close to Grand, it’s about a 20 minute walk. If you have a bike, I highly recommend biking, although there is also plenty of parking. Just keep driving towards Kingshighway until you see the food trucks and park on one of the little streets that run through the middle of the park.
- They don’t often have their full menu to choose from, so if you’re viewing their menu before you go, understand some items may not actually be sold at these events.
Besides Food Truck Fridays, STL food trucks are out every day all over the St. Louis area. If you would like to try all of the menu items from the food trucks, check out their Twitter accounts and you can see where they are every day or check out showmefoodtrucks.com. They list all of the food trucks in the St. Louis area and link to their websites or facebook pages where you can view their full menus and decide which you want to try first.
Do you have a favorite food truck? If so, where can they most often be found?Mills Apartments