Finding all the different food truck festivals that are popping up across the United States can be tough. More often than not these events are only promoted locally and can be hard to find online. But it doesn’t need to be this way!
As a result, we wanted to put together a resource that will help you find some of these mobile food festivals so you know where you can attend no matter where you live or travel in America. If you’re a food truck owner looking for the next lucrative event coming to your area this can be an excellent resource for you as well.
Updated National Festival Lists
Food Truck Festival Calendar – From New York to California you’ll find an up-to-date list of food truck festivals here from 2016 – 2017. This calendar is published on EverFest.com, which is a resource for vendors, event promoters and food truck fans alike.
The goal of this website is to list all the different live food truck events that happen across the country. Here you’ll find dates, locations, and reviews of different events from folks that have actually attended. While not every food related event will be published by this website, it is a good place to start. You can also search by city name to find festivals that are only local to you.
EventBright Festival Calendar – This website is also a search engine of live events. Similar to the option above, you can search by food truck festivals only in addition to your location and date range. This website is designed for folks looking to attend a live event and the audience is not intended for vendors. Still you will be able to find food related live events by searching here.
As you’ll likely see from your own results, EventBright slants heavily toward results for music events. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as a food vendor since those can be excellent opportunities as well.
Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States – There are some festivals that happen every year, are highly anticipated and well attended. This article from VacationIdea.com lists 10 of the best across our great country. One of the advantages to vending at a regularly held event is that you get to know the players involved in hosting the event. Whether that’s the promoter or other regular vendors at the event. Making sure your food truck is booked at regular events can add a level of consistency to your bottom line and help you fill up the busy summer season quickly. Becoming a vendor that is consistently attending an event is a terrific way to build a fan base and makes good business sense.
Search Food Truck Festivals – By heading to Google and typing in Food Truck Festival + city or state name is another way to find an up-to-date list of festivals near you. One advanced way that you locate more of these vending locations is to type in food truck festival +different suburb city names in a 50 mile radius around you. Doing these types of advanced searches is a great way to find new vending locations that other food truck owners haven’t heard about.
Another great pro tip is if you happen to have a local casino in your area. Even if you don’t like hitting the slot machines or playing black jack, a lot of casinos are starting to have food truck events in an effort to draw a larger and more diverse audience on weekends. By keeping an eye on what’s happening in these non-traditional vending settings and finding lists of local festivals, you can help to ensure you’ve always got a profitable place to vend.