In the movie “Chef,” the head cook at a Los Angeles restaurant quits and launches a food truck – which helps him rediscover his passion for cooking. It’s that passion that makes us such big fans of food trucks, and why food truck festivals are one of our favorite destinations. If you’re like us and you think good food is worth traveling for, here are some events you might want to take a look at:
Food truck festivals
Taste of Three Cities (April, May and June)
This mammoth event is more than just a festival — it’s a competition. Three East Coast cities (Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia) and 60 food trucks participate to showcase the region’s most innovative street food offerings. There’s also music, entertainment and fun activities for the kids. Trucks to check out include The Cow and the Curd, Mama’s Meatballs and Flavor Cupcakery.
LA Street Food Festival (July)
Head to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to sample bites and beverages from more than 100 food trucks. Designed for serious foodies, this event includes famous names like Bling Bling Dumpling, Middle Feast and Mariscos El Mazateno. There’s also a special area for organic eats, a wide selection of craft beers and a Tequila Tasting Tent.
Columbus Food Truck Festival (August)
This three-day event features over 70 of the best food trucks in Ohio, plus live music, handmade arts and crafts, and kids’ activities – including a bouncy castle and an old-fashioned carousel. Be sure to sample Tatoheads’ famous fries and dipping sauce, Pitabilities’ pita-wrapped Mediterranean-American fusion cuisine, and Paddy Wagon’s creatively named sandwiches (including the Billy Club, Hot Pursuit and First Degree Hummuscide).
Sea Isle City Food Truck Fest (September)
More than a dozen food trucks are featured at this late-season, three-day event spotlighting vendors from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Savor handmade food, craft beer, sublime cocktails and some Jersey Shore sweets that will knock your socks off. Food trucks include Harry & Beans, Shore Shake, Sum Pig and Marie’s Seafood Truck.
Main Street Food Truck Festival (October)
Little Rock, Arkansas is the setting for this high-energy event featuring over 45 food trucks and carts, artists and musicians at work, children’s activities and five well-stocked beer gardens. Street food cuisine runs the gamut from paleo to Polish sausage, South American to soul food. Check out the Clean Eatery, Fork in the Road, Wok ‘n’ Roll and the Pie Hole.