Anoka to host first food truck festival

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The heart of Anoka will be transformed into Eat Street next weekend when the Anoka Food Truck Festival comes to downtown Saturday, July 22.

Thirty-five food trucks will convene in downtown Anoka, along with cold beer and live music, for the Anoka Food Truck Festival July 22.Photo courtesy of Michael Corrigan
Thirty-five food trucks will convene in downtown Anoka, along with cold beer and live music, for the Anoka Food Truck Festival July 22.Photo courtesy of Michael Corrigan

The food truck festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. Visiting the festival and enjoying the live entertainment is free. Food and drink prices vary, depending on the vendor.

Organizers Jess Jenkins and Tom Broich also host popular food truck festivals in Uptown and St. Paul.

Jenkins said food trucks are typically found at breweries or in downtown Minneapolis over the noon hour.

“So unless you work downtown, a lot of people don’t get a chance to visit food trucks,” Jenkins said.

With 35 trucks serving up a variety of fare in Anoka, visitors will get to sample all kinds of cuisine. Cold beer will also be on the menu.

The festival in Anoka will feature items ranging from crispy pork belly and green papaya salad to gourmet mini doughnuts and wood-fired pizzas. Beverage offerings will include craft beers from more than 10 local brewers (available to those 21 and older with the required alcoholic beverage wristband) as well as nonalcoholic options and cider. Each participating food truck also will feature a “$5 Pair Share” deal.

It is a family-friendly event and features a variety of games. Hitchville, a country cover band, will headline the live music lineup.

Jenkins said the buzz around bringing the food trucks to Anoka has been positive.

“We wanted to add a north metro location,” she said.

Jenkins, a graduate of St. Francis High School, is a fan of the area.

“We wanted to have it where there are other things to do, not just in a parking lot,” she said. “Being right by the river, with the grassy areas, it is a great spot.”

The festival is being held in conjunction with Discover Anoka Days, which features sidewalk sales and a 5K Run.

The food trucks will be parked on Jackson Street, between First and Second Avenues, along with Anoka City Hall’s River Plaza.

Food truck spots have been sold out with a waiting list since February, Jenkins said. Proceeds from alcohol sales at the event will benefit Feed My Starving Children.

For more information, visit www.uptownfoodtruckfestival.com/anoka.

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