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The term food truck certainly has seen a turn around these past few years: Gone with the “roach coach,” in are the days of gourmet on wheels. The food truck craze has done wonders for expanding the public’s culinary horizons, not to mention giving aspiring and entrenched local chefs an outlet that is much more flexible then the traditional brick and mortar establishments.
Now, when it comes to finding these mobile kitchens, things can be tricky. Outside of stalking your favorite food truck’s social media outlets in order to find the curb they have setup on for lunch, food truck rallies, invasions and frenzies bring the goods all to one place. This January, put those calorie-counting resolutions on hold, and check out one of these foodie fests on the run.
When: Every Thursday | 5-9:30 p.m.
Where: Wellington Amphitheater, 12150 Forest Fill Blvd., Wellington
The 411: The Food Truck Invasion that started them all, the Wellington Thursday stop has become a must-attend for hungry western Palm Beach County foodies from November to May. 20 or more food trucks setup shop every week, slinging just about any and all type of fare that comes on four wheels. And with concerts jamming on the amphitheater stage, this food truck stop is more party than picnic.
- Admission is free. For more information, visit foodtruckinvasion.com/wellington-amphitheater.
When: Friday, January 9 | 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: Abacoa Town Center, Jupiter
The 411: The monthly Food Truck Invasion, which takes place every second Friday of the month at Abacoa Town Center, is getting a baseball boon this January. Roger Dean Stadium will be rolling out the bounce houses and new looks for a special edition of Fan Fest. Spring training fans can hop to and purchase tickets, while the Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals will unveil their new logos and uniforms. And as always, an entire cavalcade of food trucks will be on hand to make it one delicious night.
- Admission is free. For more information, visit foodtruckinvasion.com/second-fridays-at-abacoa/
Next Up: March 13 (February cancelled due to Arti Gras Fine Arts Festival)
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When: Saturday, January 10 | 5-9 p.m.
Where: Anchorage Park, 603 Anchorage Dr., North Palm Beach
The 411: Relatively new to the whole food truck scene, North Palm Beach’s Anchorage Park will be whirring with the sounds of generators as nearly 20 food trucks setup shop to dish the goods. The North Palm Food Truck Frenzy will have something for everyone, from Caribbean and global cuisine, classic grilled creations and gourmet hot dogs to donuts, ice cream and more. And don’t forget the kids! On top of the plethora of kid-friendly dining options (Best French Fries and Paradise Cups), there will be a screening of Frozen, just in case you haven’t seen it enough.
- Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, visit village-npb.org.
When: Friday, January 23 | 5-9 p.m.
Where: Constitution Park, 399 Seabrook Rd., Tequesta
The 411: Constitution Park will transform into one large picnic when the Food Truck Invasion comes to Tequesta. A true family-friendly kind of event, the tree-lined park, complete with pavilion, jungle gym and plenty of places to enjoy an evening of food, family and fun. The smallest stop on the Food Truck Invasion tour, the evening is a much more intimate, albeit busy, event for the sleepy northern county village.
- Admission is free. For more information, visit foodtruckinvasion.com/village-of-tequesta.
Next Up: February 6
When: Friday, January 30 | 5-9:30 p.m.
Where: Royal Palm Beach Commons Park, 1160 Poinciana Blvd., Royal Palm Beach
The 411: Bust out the poodle skirt and greaser hair slick, Royal Palm Beach’s Food Truck Invasion is taking on a Grease theme on January 30 with the screening of the classic musical movie. The monthly event, scheduled for the last Friday of the month, is taking on double duty this year with the screening of kid-friendly films along with the gourmet mobile kitchen fare. More than 20 food trucks will be on hand, as well as a few classic cars to be sure for this “Greased Lightning” foodie and film event.
- Admission is free. For more information, visit foodtruckinvasion.com/royal-palm-beach-commons-park.
Next Up: February 27 | How to Train Your Dragon 2
Bite & Brew
There is nothing better then digging on some tasty food truck creation while sipping on cold craft brew. Sentiments not lost on Delray Beach’s SaltWater Brewery and Boynton Beach’s Due South Brewing Co. For a rundown of what’s on tap, read on.
Setting up shop just outside SaltWater Brewery’s Reef Room tap room, the mobile steakhouse Tip-a-Roo will be serving some of the best char-grilled anything on January 8 from 5-9 p.m. As an added bonus, Brett Staska will be performing from 7-10 p.m.
On January 16, the rambling Caribbean food truck, Out of Many Café will be serving its island-style cuisine with a side of rice and beans.
Due South Brewing Co.
Probably the coolest setup of any Palm Beach County brewery, Due South is more patio-style enjoyment than elbow-to-elbow bar scene. Sticking to the warehouse-inspired vibe, the food offerings at Due South are second to none when it comes to industrial park cuisine. The food trucks are on hand Thursday through Sunday, with a double dose of foodie fun on select dates. For the complete schedule, visit duesouthbrewing.com/events.