Street Eats Festival and other PHX happenings…
The Phoenix Street Eats Festival at Salt River Fields was an awesome way for Phoenix locals to come out and sample some amazing cuisine from food trucks around Arizona, as well as from out-of-state. For some, it was is an enlightening experience, becoming more aware to the growing culture, while others weren’t able to come and partake in the festivities. So, what can one do if they weren’t able to make it out to the festival but still want to try out some of Phoenix’s best food trucks?
Need worry not, fellow enthusiasts! I was once in the same predicament. When I wasn’t able to attend the first Street Eats Festival back in 2012, I went out on my own, seeking out local hot spots and weekly events around Phoenix. Since then, the scene is booming with more active food trucks and new spots popping up everywhere. Whether you are someone looking to travel out to Phoenix in the near future or even a local, just now intrigued to check what the buzz is about, here are a couple hot spots around Phoenix that will help you get a head start:
First & Third Fridays at Roosevelt Row CDC (@RooseveltRow) in Phoenix (From 7th Ave to 16th St. on Roosevelt) – Pretty much every city that has a booming food truck scene has their own version of First Friday. Also know as “RoRo”, roughly around 10, possibly more, food trucks set up to serve the crowd who come to check out local artists, musicians, galleries and boutiques. This event is free to the public, starting at 5:00pm and ending around 11:30pm. Make sure you bring an appetite… and walking shoes.
Food Truck Wednesday at the Phoenix Public Market (@PHXPublicMarket) in Phoenix (721 N. Central Ave) – This is definitely the place to go to if you’re looking to support local businesses and entrepreneurs. It is also a great place, after you’ve picked up some fresh produce, to check out some local street eats, as you kick back and take in the Downtown Phoenix nightlife from 5-8pm. Food Trucks also set up here for Food Truck Friday (11-1:30pm) and the Farmer’s Market on Saturday Morning (8am-Noon).
Food Truck Friday at the State Capitol in Phoenix (Between 16th and 17th Ave on Jefferson) – Many “Suit and Ties” come out for this big lunch spot Downtown but this event is open to the public, every Friday afternoon from 11-1:30pm. From the State Capitol building (S. of Adams on 17th Ave) all the way to the Education Building (16th Ave and Jefferson), there are between 6-8 different food trucks lined up, ready to feed the eager crowd, along with two fashion trucks (The Turqoise Trunk and Boutique A Go-Go) and The Massage Mobile. This spot solidifies the statement, “Thank God It’s Friday!”
The Gilbert Food Truck Food Court (@GilbertFood) in Gilbert (Between Guadalupe & Elliot on Gilbert Road) – If driving out to Downtown Phoenix seems too treacherous for you, then head over to Old Town Gilbert for the Friday Night Food Truck Food Court, located directly across the street from Oregano’s. With live music and open air seating (as well as indoor seating) from 5-9pm, this hot spot is perfect for couples and families looking to spend a good night out in a buzzin’ historical Arizonan town.
The Food Truck Caravan (@FoodTruckAZ) in Scottsdale (North East of Indian School & Goldwater) – Old Town Scottsdale already has built up a rapport of being a hot spot for the nightlife for the young party crowd, including some tourism. Now, throw in food trucks with open air, “picnic-style” seating with live music and then you have an awesome way to kick off a Saturday night. The party happens every Saturday night from 7:30-11:30pm! Now, if there were only a food truck after a long night of clubbing. Hmmm…
These are just a couple of the BIG events that happen every week here in Arizona. So, if you weren’t able to go to the festival this, don’t be discouraged. Food trucks are everywhere, every week, and you now know where they’ll be ahead of time. Who knows.. you might just find your favorite Phoenix food truck!
Keep Calm and Truck On!
The Food Truck Junkie