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Mark your calendar for the first Food Truck Friday, June 10!

May 27th 01:05pm, 2011

052711_mangiaThe food truck trend has hit St. Louis with a bang, with more trucks than ever now trolling the streets to serve up everything from pizza to tacos to cupcakes to hungry St. Louisans willing to track down their mobile meals on Facebook and Twitter. Now, for the very first time, you can put down your smart phones and detach from your computers: All your favorite food trucks will be in one place!

Introducing Food Truck Fridays, a free monthly Sauce event where local food trucks will gather for an evening of friends, fun and plenty of good food. The first Food Truck Friday will be held Friday, June 10, at Tower Grove Park, where your favorite mobile restaurants will be dishing out their fresh fare from 4 to 8 p.m. Haven’t tried the beef short rib tacos at Cha Cha Chow yet? It’s time to fix that. Want to satisfy that sweet tooth but can’t decide between Sarah’s Cakestop and The Sweet Divine? Now, you don’t have to. Not been able to track down the Pi or Holy Crêpe trucks yet? Here’s your chance.

That’s right, the finest food trucks on St. Louis’ streets, including Pi On the Spot, Cha Cha Chow, Fats Pierre, Mangia Mobile, The Sweet Divine, Sarah’s Cakestop, Holy Crêpe, Falafelwich Wagon and more will be there, excited to meet the friendly faces of their hungry customers. So whether you’re a regular at the windows of these creative culinarians or are simply wondering what this whole food truck trend is all about, grab a blanket and a chair and head on down to Tower Grove Park for a night of great food, good times and the friendliest darn truck drivers you’ll ever meet!

UPDATE: Shell’s Coastal Cuisine has signed on to join our very first Food Truck Friday event! Read about the brand new food truck here.

What: First Food Truck Friday

When: Friday, June 10, 4 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Entrance: free; cash only for food and beverages

Where: Tower Grove Park, 4256 Magnolia Ave., St. Louis, along Southwest Drive (Get map here)

Parking: West End & Gurney Picnic Sites: Enter the Park via Kingshighway and follow Southwest Drive, heading east as it is a one way-street. The picnic sites will be on your left. From the Arsenal entrance at Center Cross Drive: Go around the roundabout and turn left on Northwest Drive (which his also one way), heading west. This will eventually loop into Southwest Drive.

By Stacy Schultz

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24 Responses to “Mark your calendar for the first Food Truck Friday, June 10!”

  1. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » The Scoop: South Florida fare rolls in on new food truck Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am

    [...] will soon be up-and-running. And to get a taste of Shell’s Coastal Cuisine, stop by our very first Food Truck Friday event next Friday, June [...]

  2. Food Truck Fridays! - City-Data Forum Says:
    June 2nd, 2011 at 11:21 am

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  3. kyle Says:
    June 3rd, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    It would be nice to see a full street food set up like this, not just food trucks. There are plenty of other mobile food businesses in STL that aren’t truck based.

  4. Nicole Says:
    June 6th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Kyle,
    Holy Crepe is bus-based, rather than truck-based, and Fat’s Pierre is a cart.

  5. nancy lang Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 9:25 am

    would like updates on food truck days

  6. Stax Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Not to be “Debbie Downer” but will the trucks be in a tree populated area? Just dont want to be attacked by Cicada’s. Also will we have to park in areas where we have to walk through tree filled areas to get to the trucks? Just dont want those nasty things getting into our hair and freaking out my kids and frankly, me.

  7. REALLY!?! Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    The cicada’s are not out in the city. Not yet anyway. Get over it! it is just an ugly bug that does not bite or sting!

  8. Hannah Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Stax, not 100% sure on this, but I live in the south city not far from the park and have yet to hear or see any cicadas.

  9. sonrie Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Just walked through that area of the park tonight and there are no cicadas…besides they don’t bite!

  10. Ryan Says:
    June 8th, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Stax, if you’re that worried about it, just stay home. They’re food trucks for christ sake.

  11. Ricky Boy Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 8:01 am

    Will sicadas be on the menu? Fried and dipped in chocolate?

  12. Laura Says:
    June 9th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    No cicadas in the area! This article explains why: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/article_697be258-8b5e-5c02-a4bc-1083b0968ec5.html

  13. Porklord Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 11:18 am

    Truck-based, bus-based, whatevs. Them crepes fittin’ to be ass-based. As in I will eat them and, oh never mind.

  14. Patrick Says:
    June 10th, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Well the first ever Food Truck Friday is history…and Cicada’s weren’t the issue…but giant lines, long waits, and ill-prepared Food trucks were the order of the evening! A suggestion for next time: Each truck should focus their menu for speedier service. Pick 3 or 4 of your most popular entrees and only serve those! Lines of 100 people should be expected, but could be managed with smaller menus. Many people waited in line for 20-30 minutes only to find out the items they were waiting for were gone. This was before 6pm! The bright side was that the food that was still left was tasty and priced right. And it seemed most people took the botched evening in stride…

  15. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » The Scoop: Falafelwich building fleet with wagon No. 2 Says:
    June 13th, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    [...] owner and CEO Gary Tripp. Last Friday, after the crowds had dispersed from Sauce’s first ever Food Truck Friday at Tower Grove Park, Tripp  told The Scoop that he would be adding another set of wheels to the [...]

  16. Will Says:
    June 15th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Does this happen every Friday or just once a month?

  17. Manuel Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    When is the next FTF or do you have a calendar of dates?

  18. Stacy Schultz Says:
    June 24th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    The next Food Truck Friday will be July 22nd from 5-8 p.m. in Tower Grove Park. Hope to see you there, Manuel!

  19. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » The Scoop: Falafelwich Wagon No. 2 put on hold for new meatball food truck Says:
    June 27th, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    [...] Tripp, the face behind the freshly made falafel dished out of the Falafelwich Wagon, at our first Food Truck Friday, he revealed that he and partner Colin Shive were working on a new venture: Falafelwich Wagon No. [...]

  20. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » Mark your calendar for the second Food Truck Friday, June 22! Says:
    July 7th, 2011 at 9:48 am

    [...] June 10, nine of the area’s most popular food trucks gathered for Sauce Magazine’s first Food Truck Friday, an event we will be holding monthly throughout the summer and early fall. More than 800 people [...]

  21. Patricia F Trostel Says:
    July 26th, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Definitely would like schedule for Food Trucks

  22. Sauce Magazine Blog » Blog Archive » Mark your calendar for the third Food Truck Friday, August 19! Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 10:45 am

    [...] June 10, nine of the area’s most popular food trucks gathered for Sauce Magazine’s first Food Truck Friday, an event we will be holding monthly throughout the summer and early fall. More than 800 people [...]

  23. One Year Anniversary: St. Louis’s Favorite Foodie Finds of 2011, Part 1 « STARCH: a gastroblog Says:
    January 2nd, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    [...] map! In June of 2011, St. Louis’s very own SAUCE magazine began hosting an event they call Food Truck Friday, which is held in Tower Grove Park each month. Food Truck Friday instantly became more popular than [...]

  24. woman Says:
    May 6th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    THIS IS SOOO AWESOME!!!
    and for all of you bitching abotu bugs and shit, get over it. the cicadas only come every 7 years and you all just need to enjoy this awesome event!! woohoo

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