Parked on the pavement and ready to serve wherever they stop, food trucks dish out unique meal options for customers looking for a quick bite. The choices are endless as chefs prepare their specialized menus from their mobile kitchens. Whether it’s gourmet burgers, handmade pizza or traditional-style tacos, food truck meals are the perfect addition to a beautiful summer day.
For your chance to experience the many food truck options in New Jersey, here are a few festivals to attend this summer.
Bound Brook Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday, July 15
Location: Billian Legion Park, East Main Street, Bound Brook
Details: More than 20 food trucks will meet in Billian Legion Park ready to serve innovative dishes to eager food lovers in Bound Brook. From kielbasa to tacos, this festival will allow attendees to explore unique food truck options with ease. As festival-goers search for their favorite menu items, they will also have the chance to attend the beer and sangria garden while listening to music from a live DJ. There are plenty of activities for children as well, including face painting, sand art and a rock wall. The event is a part of the Just Jersey Fest and it will last from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. The cost of attendance is $5 while admission is free for children younger than 10 years old. Guests are encouraged to bring nonperishable canned or boxed food items to support the food pantry.
More info: www.justjerseyfest.com
Mid Summer Food Truck Festival and Family Fun Day
When: Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 16
Location: JCC Camps, 400 Tuckerton Road, Medford
Details: Summer is in full swing and almost halfway over, but this festival is a great way to slow things down with the family for a day of fun together at the lake in Medford. This year’s Mid Summer Food Truck Festival and Family Fun Day brings food and entertainment to the JCC Camps at Medford from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Families will have the chance to swim in the lake and use paddle boats as well as enjoy the petting zoo, mini golf, volleyball, water slide, basketball, music and, of course, food trucks at the event. The festival is free for children 12 years old and younger while purchasing tickets at the door costs $15. To purchase tickets online in advance for $10 (plus a $1.54 dollar service fee), visit www.eventbrite.com.
More info: www.facebook.com
Cheers in Chester Wine and Beer Festival
When: Saturday, July 22
Location: Municipal Field, 134 Main St, Chester
Details: Sample more than 100 craft brews and wines at Municipal Field this summer for an outside festival experience unlike any other. This unique event benefits the Chester First Aid Squad and takes place from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Along with unlimited samples of beer and wine, guests are treated to live music and a variety of food options. If you’re looking for new way to enjoy the summer sunset, you can purchase tickets to this event online. A general admission ticket costs $55 and the event also offers the option of purchasing a designated driver ticket for $15. All attendees must be 21 or over to attend this festival. Tickets can be purchased at www.ticketfly.com.
More info: cheersinchester.com
Rockaway Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday, August 5
Location: Rockaway Borough Fireman’s Field, 144 Beach Street, Rockaway
Details: As a Benefit for the Rockaway Borough Fire Department and Friends of Roxbury Social Services, this festival welcomes attendees to Rockaway Borough Fireman’s Field for a day of food, music and activities. From 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, festival-goers can taste fresh pizza, a variety of barbeque dishes and other delicious meals all while listening to live musical performances. As another installation of the Just Jersey Fest, this event will cost $5 to attend, with free admission granted to children younger than 10 years old. Attendees are also asked to bring nonperishable canned or boxed food items to support the food pantry.
More info: www.justjerseyfest.com
Food, Fun, 4×4 Festival
When: Saturday, August 19
Location: Saw Mill Park, 1316 Harding Highway, Richland
Details: The fun doesn’t end with food trucks at the first annual Food, Fun, 4×4 Festival in Richland as the event will not only include some of New Jersey’s top food trucks, but will also include a Jeep show. Featuring more than 75 Jeeps on display, attendees can browse through these vehicles as well as the food trucks at Saw Mill Park from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Live music and a beer garden are also included at the festival. Families interested in attending can also look forward to the Kid Zone and other vendors. Admission to the event is free and it costs $25 to register your Jeep.
More info: www.eventbrite.com
Duffield’s Food Truck/Apple Festival
When: Saturday, September 9
Location: 280 Chapel Heights Road, Sewell
Details: Take the weekend after Labor Day to welcome fall at this festival celebrating food trucks and the upcoming autumn season. The first annual Duffield’s Food Truck/ Apple Festival will last from 11:00am to 4:00pm and will include food trucks, hayrides and apple-inspired desserts. For more information about this event, visit the Duffield’s Farm Facebook page.
More info: www.duffieldsfarm.com
Garden State Country Music & Food Truck Festival
When: Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, October 1
Location: 600 North Albany Avenue, Atlantic City
Details: Parking their mobile kitchen’s in Bader Airfield in Atlantic City for the weekend, 40 food trucks will welcome guests to the Garden State Country Music & Food Truck Festival with original menus and endless options. Over the course of two days, this festival will include two stages filled with nationally headlining country music artists as guests taste the food of the area’s top food trucks.The massive 47 acres of festival area will be divided into three specific sections which include Live Entertainment, Food Truck Midway and the MarketPlace.
More info: www.gardenstatefestival.com
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