Ladies and gentlemen, it is the triumphant return of tasty Tuesday and this time it’s the food truck edition.
We took a two-year hiatus and we figured we’d restart it with the ongoing upward trend of food trucks.
If you’ve been under a rock in the last decade, mobile eateries are sweeping the nation. However, believe it or not, the Chicagoland area was one of the late adopters.
Not that there weren’t food trucks available out here, but these cuisine-making vehicles were forced to prepare their eats at a commercial kitchen. Since 2012, these mobile chefs received the right to cook on board in 2012, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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Lake County hosts two exceptional eating events throughout the summer: Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays and Highland Park’s Food Truck Thursdays. Let’s take a look at these two events with a more indepth look.
“Food, glorious food! what is there more handsome!” Lincolnshire’s Food Truck Fridays are located in the Corporate Center Parking Lot and offer a variety of choices in the gourmet eats department. The foodie frenzy includes local trucks providing barbecue, innovative sandwiches, seafood options, international eats and so much more. Take in the aromas that waft through the air, while a delectable dish is prepared right in front of your eyes. There will also be kiddie entertainment and live music. There are eight trucks at the fare fest: Grill Chasers, Soire Cafe, Killer Zombie Dogz, Happy Lobster, Louie B. Fresh Mobile Kitchen & Catering, Toasty Cheese, Culinary Gangster, Da Pizza Dude and Mario’s Cart Race for the Taste. The event runs every other Friday through August 23.
Through- August 23; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Lincolnshire Corporate Center Parking Lot, 300 Knightsbridge Pkwy., Lincolnshire.
This event delights the famished of Lake and Cook County at this scrumptious spectacle. Journey to Highland Park’s Food Truck Thursday for fun in the sun with inspired dishes. Ravinia Brewing Co. and Abigails American Bistro will provide the libations for the event. The city along the Great Lake hosts a food truck lineup that includes Edens Garden, Culinary Gangster, Aztec Dave’s Food Truck, The Happy Lobster, Royal Ice Cream Co., My Funnel Cake, Swirl Café, The Fat Shallot, Chicago Lunch Box, Da Pizza Dude, Louie Be. Fresh Mobile Kitchen & Catering, Yum Dum Truck, Loop Juice, La Cocinita and the Popcorn Jester. Visitors can also enjoy live music, family arts & crafts, kiddie activities bags and more. Swish a fadeaway cornhole in the second session of the Thursday Night Bags League running alongside the food frenzy. The winning team receives a cash prize (pending on registration), two $500 Razny Jewelers’ gift cards and a celebration at Ravinia Brewing Co. The HP event occurs every Thursday through September 12.
Here is the music lineup:
- August 1: Radio Free Honduras
- August 8: La Tosca
- August 15: Tom Holland & the Shuffle Kings
- August 22: The Al Rose Band
- August 29: Bowmanville
- September 5: The Bassment Band
- September 12: The Hoyle Brothers
Thursdays, now through September. Jens Jensen Park in the Ravinia District, between Dean, Roger Williams and St. Johns Avenues, Highland Park.
Where else can I find Food Trucks in Lake County
There other events and facilities that host food trucks throughout the year. A big event to write down on your calendar is the Lake County Food TruckFrenzy in Grayslake that usually occurs in the spring. Many of our Lake County Libation Trail participants provide you with these meals on wheels. Here are a few other venues that regularly invite mobile chefs to serve fare aficionados.
- Roaring Table Brewery in Lake Zurich
- Highwood Farmers Market
- Bosacki’s Home Brew in Mundelein
- Grayslake Farmers Market
- Buffalo Creek Brewery in Long Grove
- Flesk Brewing Co. in Barrington
- MainStreet Libertyville Farmers Market
- Tighthead Brewing Co. in Mundelein
- Zümbier in Waukegan
- Zion Farmers Market
- Only Child Brewing Co. in Gurnee
Upcoming Food Truck Events
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It’s only humpday but we’re already planning our weekend fun. Friday is the return of @mujoramen at 6pm, and the release of Heathens (extra pale ale) in cans. Saturday is our first brunch with @oscarleesbbq from 10am-2pm, and we’re probably tapping something extra special this weekend so maybe stop by for beers and delish eats.
- Select Thursdays – Tighthead Brewing Co’s Food Truck Thursdays (through 12/31)
- Chicago Culinary Kitchen at Roaring Table (8/2)
- Mujo Ramen at Flesk Brewing (8/8)
- Doctor Dogs Food Truck at Bosacki’s Home Brew (8/9)
- Five Squared Food Truck at Buffalo Creek (8/16)
- Bricks on Wheels at Roaring Table (8/16)
- Doctor Dogs Food Truck at Only Child (8/23)
- Doctor Dogs Food Truck at Zümbier (8/23)
- Mujo Ramen at Tighthead (8/29)
- Fork n Fry Poutinerie Food Truck at Zümbier (8/30)
- Mujo Ramen at Buffalo Creek (10/18)
- Lincolnshire’s Annual Boo Bash (10/25)