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To descend from the warren of gray cubicles in the purgatory we call work to the outdoors at noon, and to find one or two food trucks, with their festive exteriors and fattening treats, is a pleasure. A respite. A ray of sunshine piercing the gloom of capitalism’s black dowry, if we may enthuse.
But to drive to a park, knowing there will be a veritable wall of a dozen or more food trucks, so many choices for your delectation, so many of these nomadic kitchens with their burgers and cupcakes and unexplored Filipino tastes, even, parked for your ease in one place, well, that is another order of happiness entirely. That is very, very fine, indeed.
Convocations of food trucks are a foodie’s dream – no need to hunt down the trucks you haven’t yet sampled in the hinterlands of West County or the where-the-heck-am-I-supposed-to-park-lands of Downtown. They’re all here, just for you. You can eat a five-course meal comprised of savories and sweets from five different trucks, from Korean tacos to Nutella-and-banana crepes. A melting pot gone mobile.
For you to print and save, we now present, to the best of our knowledge, a list of all the food truck events scheduled to happen in the area over the next few months, aka prime food truck season.
Tomorrow’s 4 Hands Food Truck FEAST at 4 Hands Brewing Co.: celebrating its third year, look for ten food trucks as well as the city's first "fashion truck" (Rack and Clutch). There's even a bicycle valet.
Food Truck Fridays in Tower Grove Park: now in its third year, FTF is St. Louis' oldest and largest food truck event. There are beverages and entertainment, and new this year, an Official Food Truck Friday After Party. Approximately 20 food trucks participate.
May 10 June 14 July 12 Aug. 9 Sept.13 Oct. 4
Food Trucks in Frontier Park in St. Charles: now in its second season with 15 or so food trucks participating.
St. Louis County Parks’ FEAST in the Park: live music usually accompanies these events. Check this website for details as event dates approach.
At Laumeier Sculpture Park:
June 7 Aug. 2 Sept. 6
At Faust Park:
June 13 July 11 Aug. 8 Sept.12
At Tilles Park (in Ladue):
June 18 July 16 Aug. 20 Sept. 17
At Creve Coeur Lake Park:
June 26 July 24 Aug. 28 Sept. 25
Second Thursdays at the Foundry Art Centre of St. Charles: where you can "Draw with Artists, Paint with Painters, Create with Potters, Make Jewelry with Jewelers, Write with Writers, Act with Actors, Dance with Dancers, while listening to Live Music."
Click on the links above to see lists of the various food trucks attending each event.
A little birdie told us that O'Fallon, Mo., is working on a repeating food trucks event, too, beginning in August.
For contact info and up to date details on all the local food trucks, check out this article, SLM's "St. Louis Food Truck Guide."