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Celebrate Valentines Day with Food Trucks

by 31. January 2019 05:20

Love is in the air this February with lots of events: the Florida State Fair opens, Wine Weekend in St. Petersburg kicks off, the country celebrates Superbowl Sunday...and did we mention the upcoming food truck rallies?! February 14th is the second Thursday of the month, meaning our monthly Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally falls on Valentine's Day! Alongside a display of 20 food trucks in the park, we will be setting out tables with linens, chairs, and will have a romantic playlist set on our mobile DJ truck - perfect for a fun, tasty and nontraditional date night. If you're looking to celebrate Saint Valentine over lunch instead, check out our daily locations page for the food trucks serving near you. Whether you plan to trek out to a truck forever alone or with a date you're sure to walk away with some awesome food. Need another reason to love on food truck dates this month? We've got three more reasons why.

  1. Food trucks are a unique alternative to a restaurant. Bring a blanket or some chairs and set up camp at a cozy location to spend some personal time with your significant other (or friend or dog!) You can dine in a more intimate setting rather then a crowded restaurant, buzzing with other couples. Not to mention you'll avoid any awkward interruptions from wait staff. Food trucks provide sauces, disposable silverware and containers that make for an easy clean up and transportation to your "campsite." Food trucks also help you skip the long wait for a table, and avoid fighting for a reservation in advance. Menus are posted for easy access, and the turn time for food is excellent! There's no wait for individual courses to come out or waiting for your check, you can do a simple grab-and-go then set up for an intimate evening.

  2. The eats are cheap, convenient and varied. You want BBQ and she wants Vietnamese? You can have both! Most trucks also offer dessert options, sides, and appetizers allowing you to create your own food sampling. Serve up a three course meal with a food truck (or three different food trucks!) You can walk up to the truck and get some quality eats without having to pay $30 each for an entree, as the average main course on a food truck runs about $10. Food trucks also tend to serve larger portions (think of a burger and fries) or smaller sampler portions you can order such as freshly made individual tacos.   

  3. There's food for everyone! Do you have a picky eater with you? What about a vegetarian? Food trucks are flexible and willing to help out if your party has some diet restrictions. If a food isn’t disclosed as being vegetarian friendly feel free to go up to the truck and talk to the person at the window. More than likely, they will be able to help you out or make a recommendation! If you are opting to visit a location with just one truck, you can call ahead to ask about the menu. If you’re at a food truck rally just move on to the next truck to see what offerings they have! Are you on the keto diet? You can easily order sandwiches without the bun and skip the carbs. Many food truck menu items can also be ordered without toppings to conform to your date’s hatred of pickles. The possibilities are endless, don't hesitate to speak up!

Food Truck Valentine's Date

Want to attend a Food Truck Event?

by 15. March 2017 06:24

Have you always wanted to attend a food truck event, but weren't sure what to expect? One of our most popular events is the monthly Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally in Munn park. Here, we are answering some of our most frequently asked questions regarding this event!

Food Truck Rally

1) What is a food truck rally?
A: A food truck rally is a gathering of food trucks in a public space, where the community is encouraged to come check out a variety of cuisines and socialize. It's a great way to try something new, while supporting local small business owners!

2) Can I pay with a credit card?
A: Yes, unless encountering technical difficulties the food trucks are equipped to accept both cash and credit card payments.

3) Are the events family friendly?
A: The monthly Lakeland Food Truck Rally is always family-friendly, and children are welcome! 

4) Can I bring my dog/lawn chairs?
A: Yes! We welcome friendly, leashed pets in Munn Park. All we ask is that you come prepared with baggies to pick up any accidents that may occur. Lawn chairs and/or towels to sit on picnic-style are also welcome.

5) Where can I park?
A: Upon arrival you will see some of the side streets are closed for the food trucks to park directly adjacent to Munn Park. You are welcome to park on any surrounding streets, following the usual traffic laws.

6) Is alcohol allowed at this event?
A: No alcohol will be served in the park, and we ask that you do not bring any on site, however there are a variety of restaurants surrounding the park that serve beverages that can be consumed on their premises before or after you visit the food trucks. We recommend Black and Brew, Posto 9, and Harry's Seafood!

7) Are there any vegan, vegetarian or gluten free options?
A: Most trucks can accommodate dietary restrictions in some form or another. Your best bet is to inquire prior to the event so that we may point you in the direction of specific trucks. But when in doubt, peruse the truck menus and then inquire at the window if a dish can be adapted.

8) Is there any entertainment?
A: Each month we either bring the TBFTR mobile DJ truck (which is also available for rent at private parties) or a local musician. The event will host some form of music as you enjoy your food.

9) Do I have to pay admission?
A: No! Entering the park is free, the only charges you will incur is if you choose to purchase food or beverages. You are welcome to stay for as little or as much of the event as you would like, however the trucks close down at 9pm.

10) How do I get invited to participate as a vendor or sponsor?
A: For more information, please call 813-464-5600 or e-mail

What is it like to attend a food truck rally?

by 18. June 2015 06:21

What's it like to attend a food truck rally? Below we’ll cover everything you need to know to enjoy your visit!

Come prepared: While most trucks accept credit and debit cards, we recommend bringing some cash in case it's needed for parking, or in the rare event that technology fails us and the trucks are not able to accept plastic (we will admit there are only a few events nowadays where trucks aren't allowed to accept debit and credit cards).  

Tampa Prep

Check which food trucks will be on site in advance. If you want to plan ahead, check our events calendar for alisting of food trucks that will be on site at that particular event. You can even peruse their sample menu to get an idea of what dishes you would like to try, and pricing prior to arrival. (Menus at each event are subject to change!)outdoors. Depending on the event, you will be standing and milling about where the trucks are parked, seated (potentially on grass) or at tables. Dress comfortably and appropriately for the weather and the venue, and during the summer it may help to bring a hat and sunscreen. If you know the rally is taking place in a park, such as our monthly downtown Lakeland Rally, feel free to bring a beach chair or blanket to enjoy your meal picnic-style. While most events will continue rain or shine, the food trucks are almost always parked. more than just food! Whether it be live music, a 5k, a Tampa Bay Lightning watch party, a fundraiser for a school, the food truck events are set up for you to be entertained and to enjoy yourself. Your best bet is to plan on attending events that align with your interests.

At the event:

What is provided? The trucks sell food and drinks, and also provide cutlery and napkins for you to enjoy your food. Trash cans will be placed strategically around the event and we ask that you use them to keep the event site tidy.

Most importantly, have fun! Food truck events are great for bringing groups of friends, as there is ample parking, room for you to mingle and spread out and share and sample different types of food. They are a fun alternative to traditional restaurant get-togethers where you can only speak to those seated closest to you and are limited to one menu. A lot of events hosted are also family-friendly! What better way to enjoy some family time, while sampling great food in a casual atmosphere? One of the awesome benefits to feeding your family at a food truck rally is being able to come and go as you please - no getting stuck waiting for your check or infringing on naptime! 

Take photos! Tampa Bay Food Trucks as well as the food trucks love to see pictures of customers enjoying themselves and their food. You can tweet or post to Instagram and tag us @tbftr and @tampabayfoodtrucks. We periodically select photos to be featured on our Facebook page as well. 

Did we miss anything? We’re happy to answer any questions you may have regarding upcoming events or rallies in general. We hope to see you very soon!