Food Trucks Serve Alfresco Fun

By Erica Wacker

Hot Indian Foods truckOnce the temperature rises above the freezing mark, Minnesota’s food truck season unofficially begins. This nationwide phenomenon really picked up steam here in 2012, and there are now more than 100 trucks in operation serving everything from cupcakes to Cajun fare.

In downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, the weekday lunch hour is prime time for food truck feasting. For the widest selection, head to Mears Park, Rice Park or Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul; Marquette and Second avenues are among the Minneapolis hot spots.

On evenings and weekends, many trucks set up shop at festivals, farmers markets and craft breweries, which usually don’t serve food and rely on the trucks to feed their hungry patrons. In addition, the Minnesota Food Truck Association hosts rallies that bring up to 15 trucks together in one place. Seven such events are on the 2014 calendar thus far, with the first-ever all-truck rally in the works.

A few trucks operate outside the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, including one in the Brainerd Lakes area and a handful in Duluth. If you have a favorite food truck, or want to know where to find the most options at any given time, Twitter is the place to look. Follow @TCStreetFood and @FoodTrucksMN, which display all of the trucks’ whereabouts in one place.