EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After more than a year of no food festivals, the 4th Annual Evansville Food Truck Festival is right around the corner.
Joe Notter of Evansville Events began putting together food-themed festivals four years ago starting with the first Food Truck Festival, then moving into the delicious realms of wings, strombolis, tacos, barbecue and many more.
Until dismal 2020.
“We haven’t done a festival in 15 months,” Notter said. “I felt like I lost hope at some point. We were hoping that this past January would come around and things would get better, but we couldn’t even do our January Resolution Run which gets us going for the year, so it was really stressful.”
Finally, however, things are shaping up, and the 2021 Evansville Food Truck Festival is on for Sunday, May 30, at Bosse Field, with at least 25 food trucks from five different states joining the fun.
Notter is excited for the season and said tickets to the event are selling incredibly well.
“We want it to be a great kickoff event for the year and for it to bring people into Evansville from around the region,” he said. “We moved it up a week to Memorial Day Weekend because we thought we really needed to have something going on that Sunday. We know that’s a big weekend for travel, but we’re also thinking of people from the surrounding area that might be traveling into Evansville.”
In the interest of enabling diners to try food from as many trucks as possible, each one will have a sample-size item for $3. Full-sized menu items will also be available.
Local trucks in attendance include:
- Bruce Li – Korean and Japanese food including stone bowl bi-bam-bap rice and Szechuan dumplings
- Burrito Express – Burritos, tacos, quesadillas and other Mexican and Tex-Mex specialties
- Chino Taco – Chinese food with rice and sides or tucked into a crunchy taco shell
- Cinia’s Salvadorian Kitchen – Pupusas, fried yuca, carnitas and other Salvadorian specialties
- Divas Cookin – Fried fish and chicken wings, loaded fries and desserts
- Fire & Smoke BBQ – Pulled pork, ribs and barbecued chicken
- Fuego’s Taqueria – Tacos, tortas, burritos, birria
- JB’s Barnyard – Ice cream made by Chaney Diary Barn in Bowling Green, Ky
- Jeanne’s Gelato – Italian-style gelato in both dairy and sorbet flavors
- Joe Brewski – Cold brew coffee drinks
- Kona Ice – Frozen shaved ice with lots of syrup choices
- Lolly’s Pops – Creamy and fruity frozen pops in classic and unusual flavors
- Sweenie’s Weenies – Hot dog cart
- Sweet Dreams A La Mode – Fresh fried waffles with creative toppings, ice cream and floats
- Uncle Ted’s Just Dang Good Food – Creative sandwiches, burgers, fried fish
And these trucks from the surrounding areas:
- Curbside Kitchenette, Owensboro, Kentucky – Sandwiches including paninis, melts, burgers, wraps and clubs
- J’s Good Grub, Owensboro – Chicken sandwiches, wings, fried shrimp, loaded fries, eggrolls
- Let’s Get Fried, Madisonville, Kentucky – Loaded nachos, wings, sandwiches
- Smokey Bottom Boys BBQ, Troy, Tennessee – Memphis style barbecue, burgers, loaded fries
- Taco Jo’s, Centralia, Illinois – Tex-Mex, street tacos, nachos
- The Real Hacienda, Owensboro – Mexican and Tex-Mex food
- Tri-R-Tips Hawiian style BBQ, Owensboro – Barbecue, sandwiches, barbecue tacos, loaded baked potato
- Twisted Tacos, St. Louis – Gourmet tacos with chicken, beef, seafood
- Whittaker Beef, Lawrenceville, Illinois – Beef entrees from burgers to Italian beef to meat loaf
State and local guidelines for coronavirus precautions will be followed, so masks will be recommended and people will be asked to do their best to stay 6 feet apart.
Save by getting your ticket in advance. Cost per person is $6.95 through May 16 and $7.95 until May 29. Gate entry is $10. Ticketing service fees will be applied.
Visitors will also receive a ticket to an Evansville Otters ballgame. In addition to food, there will be craft beer and wine, hot air balloon rides, a Marauders gaming trailer, hot dog eating competition, live painting, games and activities for kids and much more. Premium and VIP tickets are offered with even more goodies.
Cancer Pathways Midwest (formerly Gilda’s Club) will receive a portion of all ticket sales.
The Food Truck Festival is only the first of the year. The Evansville Wing Festival will happen on July 24, and dates are being decided upon for the Evansville Barbecue Festival and the Evansville Taco Festival.
Also, Evansville Events’ Restaurant Weeks (remember Burger Week and Pizza Week?) were so successful in 2020 that some of them will continue this year as well. Watch Evansville Events Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/160754625190752 for details on upcoming events.
If you go
What: 4th Annual Evansville Food Truck Festival
When: Sunday, May 31, 1-9 p.m.
Where: Bosse Field Stadium, 1701 North Main St.