The Minnesota Food Truck Festival, after a one-year COVID hiatus, is set to return this summer with two events.
The St. Paul Food Truck Festival (historically held at Mears Park) will take place Saturday, July 17, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Union Depot’s Lot D, organizers announced Friday.
Then on Saturday, Aug. 21, it'll be the Anoka Food Truck Festival rom noon-10 p.m. in downtown Anoka.
Festivalgoers at each date can expect:
- 50-plus food trucks (including some newcomers)
- Craft beer, hard cider and spiked seltzer options, as well as non-alcoholic drinks
- Trucks offering services such as men's grooming, vintage vinyl, a photo booth, a mobile escape room experience, salon services and more
- Live music
- Activities for dogs
The announcement teased 16 food trucks new to the festival, including:
- Taste the Real Nawlins: Traditional New Orleans dishes, from beignets to gumbo
- Paella Depot: Paella made to order with authentic and imported ingredients
- Que Tal Street Eats: Traditional family Salvadoran Pupusa street eats with a modern twist
- Bad Rooster: Family chicken favorites served with moxie and Minnesota charm
- Nashville Coop: Ethiopian heritage-infused, flavorful Nashville hot chicken
Organizers say they're taking extra safety precautions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, including more physical space, sanitation between transactions, more high-top tables and hand-washing sinks than before, and increased trash and recycling services.
The festival also has a charitable partner, Feed My Starving Children, and organizers say each free drink ID wristband will result in three meals donated to children in need.
You can find more details at the festival website.