Truck dimensions vary, but they are typically 16' to 24' long, 10' high and 8’ wide. Food carts and trailers are significantly smaller.
Food trucks are self-contained mobile kitchens and only need access to a restroom for their staff during the event. If your event is longer than a few hours, providing power is a good idea, but not necessary. If your event runs overnight, power is strongly advised. Disposable serving wares and a trash can are usually provided by the truck. Extra trash cans are strongly advised. If you would like a place for your guests to sit and eat, you will need to provide tables and chairs. Otherwise, trucks just show up, serve your guests delicious food, and drive away with all the mess leaving your event location clean and tidy - it’s super convenient!
In most major cities, there is a wide variety of cuisine that food trucks serve. Also, trucks are flexible! Most are able to offer at least one vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free or allergy-free option in their customized menu for you. If you have a specific request, be sure to ask.
We have a network of over 9,200 food trucks nationwide, and our expert catering and event agents can usually find a food truck that meets your specific requests.
Food trucks are typically able to serve 60 – 100 guests per hour. Depending on the number of guests, time, and menu, the optimal number of trucks for an event can depend. We suggest speaking with one of our catering and event experts to determine what is best for you. If you would like to book more trucks than Roaming Hunger recommends, no problem! Just make sure to budget accordingly to meet each truck’s minimum.
Food truck parking can be tricky. Some cities have specific restrictions on where food trucks can serve, so be sure to check with your local government (typically the Department of Public Works). If you would like the truck park on public property like a street, you can, 1) park a car in the space until the truck arrives, or 2) contact the city to have a space reserved (additional fees may apply). If the truck is parking on private property, you simply need permission from the property owner. If the truck is parking on private property, you simply need permission from the property owner.
On the street, food trucks are required to abide by all posted parking signs, including paid meters. Sometimes, food truck parking fees are administered by organized lots or businesses.
Yes. Roaming Hunger requires all the foods trucks we work with for events and catering to have a food truck license, health permit and insurance. We keep vendor certificates of insurance on file and will be able to provide you with a copy if needed. Roaming Hunger does not provide any additional permits, including permits required by larger venues and events (example: street fairs, community events, festivals). Please check with the appropriate venues and government agencies to ensure you have acquired all necessary permits.
A public event is any situation where the event attendees will be purchasing their food directly from the truck(s). This is different than a catering event, in which the host (or company) usually pays for the food truck to come out and serve food to guests or employees.
If you have an event where attendees are paying for their own food click here. Click “Book Now” and check the section that says "Attendees will pay for themselves." This will direct you to the appropriate event agent at Roaming Hunger.
It doesn’t hurt to ask. Every truck will need to make that determination for themselves based on the potential profitability of your event. We recommend being up front with that information in the details section of your event submission.
For events open to the public, some food trucks require minimums. A minimum for a food truck is the amount of money they would need to make for it to be worth it for them to come to your event. If they do less than that amount in sales, the organizer is responsible for covering the difference. Typical minimums are $500 for a savory truck and $250 for a dessert truck. Although, the minimum amount depends on the truck. Guaranteeing a minimum up front will make it much easier for you to find a great truck willing to commit to your event.
There are two ways to guarantee that a food truck will show up at your event. 1) book the truck for private catering & prepay meals 2) provide the truck with a minimum guaranteed amount of meals.
If you would like Roaming Hunger to facilitate this level of service, we do charge food truck vendor fees. Our involvement comes with the benefit of contracts for both the event organizer and the participating truck(s) for greater peace of mind. Please email us at email@example.com with your event details.
Roaming Hunger has created a system that connects you to potential food trucks for free. Just submit your event details, and trucks that are interested in participating will get in contact with you directly to coordinate.
Food truck catering is the same as any other catering service. It is usually for a private event and paid for by the host. Roaming Hunger has a team of catering experts that will provide availability, menus, booking and coordination of anything you might need for your event. The greatest part is that you do not need to worry about payment the day of the event. All you have to do is enjoy delicious food!
If your event is hosted or you are paying for everyone’s food, head to click here to book food truck catering. Check the section that says "The host will pay for everyone." This will direct you to a personal catering agent at Roaming Hunger.
When you're ready to book, the deposit needs to be remitted to Roaming Hunger in full to confirm your truck. Roaming Hunger then holds the money until after your event to guarantee you get fantastic day-of service.
Pricing varies greatly depending on the truck, desired menu, number of guests, travel time, length of service, and service date. Use our handy budget calculator as a starting point to explore the cost of a food truck for your event. Keep in mind that all Roaming Hunger prices already include taxes, fees and gratuity!
If you are looking for the cost to start a food truck, click here to go the marketplace.
You’ll notice that our budget calculator won’t go below a certain price no matter how few guests you plan to serve. This number is an estimate of a food truck's absolute minimum required cost to serve any catered event in your area. If you have a small party, try adding dessert, drinks and snacks or a longer service time to get the most for your money.
Trucks that have submitted bids to you will save the date as a courtesy for four business days from the submission of their bid. If you have not booked within four days, the truck may book another event and become unavailable. A truck is not considered booked until the deposit is paid and catering agreements are signed. We encourage you to make a decision quickly to secure your favorite truck.
Food trucks will come prepared to serve the number of guests agreed upon. Roaming Hunger cannot guarantee that the truck will come prepared to serve any additional guests unless the truck has agreed to that arrangement in advance. If, at your direction, the truck does serve extra guests, payment for those additional meals will be due upon completion of the event. The cost of each additional meal will be specified in advance at the time of booking.
If you need to reschedule your event, we will make our best effort to work with the confirmed food truck to reschedule your event date or time. If we are not able to accommodate your request, you will be subject to the cancellation policy as outlined in the catering agreement.
Food trucks can cater any type of event. Here are a few of the main types of food truck occasions:
Production / On Set Catering
Food Trucks on Campus
Large-Scale Events & Multi City Event Series