Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Miami's Food Trucks Offer Something for Even the Most Discerning Palette

The Wheelin' Dealin' Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino

The popularity of food trucks is at an all-time high – and gaining momentum! While other U.S. cities including New York, Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, have had established food truck scenes for several years (more than a decade in the case of Portland and LA), Miami's obsession with food trucks is fairly recent at only about two-years-old. Despite its nascency, food truck meet-ups in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties are more popular than ever.

Each truck has its own personality, customized with unique color schemes and graphics to reflect the vibe of the food and the chefs behind it. However, its the food that's the real star of the show! From Cuban-influenced burgers, to Asian-style chicken wings, and even deep-fried cupcakes, Miami's food trucks have something for everyone!

Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival at Magic City Casino
Date: Held sporadically; please "Like" Magic City Casino on Facebook for upcoming dates
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

The Wheelin’ Dealin’ Street Food Festival takes place every month at the Magic City Casino. There are always some great giveaways at the event like tickets to concerts at Magic City Casino. Beer is sold at this event and parking is plentiful. Come out, the chances are great you’ll have an amazing time. (NOTE: All ages welcome to attend the festival, but you must be 21 to gamble in the casino).

Miami Food Truck Rally at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30pm-10pm
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking 

Who’s up for a night of fun at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino? The Miami Food Trucks will be making their way to Hollywood every Thursday Night through the summer here. You’ll be able to enjoy some great food and take on everything the Seminole Hard Rock has to offer including watching a different movie showing every week. Start planning your Thursday nights now!

Whistle Stop Food Truck Rodeo at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum
Date: First Saturday of the Month
Time: 11am-5pm
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

This great family event at the Gold Coast Railroad Museum takes place every first Saturday of the month. There is FREE entry into the museum, FREE parking and you’ll be able to picnic or eat in one of the 1940's dining cars.

B.T.T.R., held every Tuesday in North Miami,
one of Miami's most popular Food Truck events
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30pm-10pm
Location: NE 127 St. and Biscayne Blvd., North Miami
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

The Biscayne Triangle Truck Round-Up, or B.T.T.R. for short, is a weekly event taking place on Tuesday Nights across from Johnson & Wales University. The original location for this event was in triangle-shaped patch of land not too far from where it currently resides. It is also the longest re-occurring Miami Food Truck event. It’s got a giant lawn where folks will bring their lawn chairs, blankets and make a picnic out of it. Live music is also usually provided.

Miami Food Trucks at the Wynwood Art Walk
Date: Second Saturday of the Month
Time: 6pm-1am
Parking: Parking is available throughout the Wynwood neighborhood at meters and in lots

Every second Saturday of the month is the über-popular Wynwood Art Walk. You will find a large group of trucks set up in a lot, as well as throughout Wynwood. Come out for the art and stay for the Miami Food Trucks!

Food Trucks on the Wharf at Haulover Marina & Park
Date: Every Saturday and Sunday
Time: 11:30am-6pm
Parking: Parking is FREE with code word “Food Trucks”

Every weekend make your way over to Haulover Marina & Park. You can find the Miami Food Trucks under a huge shade tree, just north of The Kite Man. Free parking when you use the code word “Food Trucks.” 

Truck Fridays at Palmetto Bay Village Center
Date: Every First and Third Friday of the Month
Time: 5:30pm-10:30pm
Parking: $5 Parking

Palmetto Bay Village Center is a great place to come and enjoy the Summer breeze, live music, great picnic areas and of course, the Food Trucks. This time the Food Trucks are invading a beautiful property down the historic Old Cutler Road. A gorgeous setting that hosts many weddings, TV and film productions and huge events like the Taste of Palmetto Bay festival. 

Street Food Fridays in Downtown Miami
Street Food Fridays 
Facebook: Street Food Fridays
Twitter: @StreetFoodFri
Date: Held sporadically; please "Like" Street Food Fridays on Facebook for upcoming dates
Time: 11:30am-2:30pm
Location: 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami
Parking: Free Parking available at The Miami Herald lots

Street Food Fridays is a monthly Friday Lunch event sponsored by The Miami Herald.

Totally Truckin’ Thursdays
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 5:30pm-11pm
Location: 850 NW LeJeune Rd., Miami
Parking: Parking is a $1 Donation for a Charity

This event features live music, beer & wine, covered areas & picnic tables, a giant bounce house for the kids and Beer Pong! There is also an ATM on site. Pets are unfortunately not allowed.

The Miami Street Food Court at Westchester (Tropical Park)
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 5:30pm-10pm
Restrictions: No Pets or Glass Containers allowed
Parking: Plenty of Free Parking

The Original Miami Food Truck event! Tropical Park has signed a one-year agreement with the Food Trucks and the event will be held there every Tuesday night!

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