The 2019 running of the Uptown Food Truck Festival promises a mouthwatering weekend in south Minneapolis. Taking place Sunday, June 23 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the event combines food, an array of adult beverages, fashion trucks (!), and so much more.
There’s also a lot of first-time participants—18, actually—among more than 65 trucks that’ll be parked on Hennepin Avenue from Lake Street to 32nd Street, and on 31st Street from Humboldt Avenue to Girard Avenue. Here’s a rundown of the new trucks on the block.
Jamo’s New Zealand Pies
These meat pies aren’t like pot pies or pasties—they are like something you’ve never tasted before. Jamo’s New Zealand Pies gives customers that truly exceptional but simple experience. Try a pie: savory meat inside a buttery puff pastry coated in gravy. Sounds pretty dreamy, right?
iPierogi brings the Polish experience to Minnesota. This food truck features a variety of Polish food, like polish sausages, potato pancakes, and stuffed cabbage. However, their homemade-style pierogi is the real star of the show and the truck’s namesake.
This Vietnamese grill brings fresh, high-quality ingredients to the forefront. Lu’s Sandwiches offers a variety of options, anything from salads to eggrolls to the famously popular Bahn Mi Burger. All of these feature a twist on what exactly a sandwich can be.
Thai Thai Street Food
Thai Thai Street Food is unapologetically all about Thai: Thai beef salad, Thai egg rolls, pad Thai—oh, and their chicken satay is a true customer favorite.
Featuring foot-long egg rolls, KCM Eggrolls won’t disappoint you. In addition to these jumbo rolls on a stick, this food truck also serves cream cheese wontons, chicken dumplings and more authentic Vietnamese food.
El Burrito Mercado
El Burrito Mercado has been a local staple in the Twin Cities since 1979. A grocery store, bakery, Mexican restaurant, and food truck—it has it all. Offering “south of the border bliss,” this truck will be offering burritos, tacos, quesadillas and more.
The Birchwood Cafe
Featuring cafe-inspired items, the Birchwood Cafe‘s food truck hopes to bring delicious, locally sourced foods to festival goers. It will be offering a piri piri turkey sandwich with garlic mayo slaw, lavender lemonade, blueberry key lime pie and their signature sweet corn and heirloom tomato BLT.
Med Box Grill
Run by two Turkish owners, Med Box Grill provides Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine that has been passed down from old family recipes. It has gyro wraps, spicy chicken kabob bowls, Turkish rice and their famous baklava — a traditional Ottoman dessert.
Sweet Gypsy Waffle
These liege waffles are “not your momma’s Belgian waffle.” Sweet Gypsy Waffle sells both sweet and savory waffles while also supporting the community. All profits on merchandise and special offers will go to local nonprofits and urban organizations. This food truck offers waffles with a variety of toppings, from mascarpone cream and shredded coconut to pesto and mozzarella.
The Fabled Rooster
What could be better than a veteran-owned, Southern-inspired food truck? One that focuses on sustainability and quality food as well! The Fabled Rooster offers a “Rooster Burger,” sweet potato fries, cheese curds, hush puppies and a jalapeno burger.
Nautical Bowls, currently located in Minnetonka, first launched their food truck in May. It will be offering their signature superfood smoothie bowls, with the option of 5 different sorbet bases, including acai, pitaya (and more!) with over 16 superfood toppings.
This tea truck welcomes everyone — whether they are new to drinking tea or if they are a more experienced tea-sipper. Jinx Tea touts that “no knowledge of teas is required,” while providing fun, high-quality tea drinks. These teas include bubble teas, iced teas, non-alcoholic tea cocktails and more. Teas for all!
Get your classic fair food favorites at the Fair Faves food truck! This truck has the fair originals — without the actual fair. It has corn dogs, cheese curds, mini donuts and fries.
The Vikings Table is the product of a collaboration between the MN Vikings Foundation and Xcel Energy. Run by O’Cheeze, another food truck company, the mission of this truck is to increase awareness for healthy meals and nutrition education to youth across Minnesota. The truck will be providing pulled pork sandwiches, fries and more.
Bibuta was founded by an acclaimed sushi chef back in 2016. Now, their food truck aims to provide burrito-like maki sushi. In addition to this, they also have poke bowls and sushi salads.
Tin Fish To-Go-Go
Tin Fish To-Go-Go, run by the Kurby Side Food Company, gives customers the full fish taco experience. Their other truck, the Kurb Side Ice Company serving shaved ice, has been at the Uptown Food Truck Festival for the past seven years. Their new truck will be making its debut with foods like mahi mahi tacos, chicken quesadillas, nachos and more.
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice soft pretzel? MSP Pretzel is the perfect pick-me-up to all of the more complex food offerings present at this year’s festival. This food truck is simple: homemade salted pretzels with cheese or mustard. Perfect.
B3: Burgers, brats and barbecue—the perfect trio. This food truck taps into that rough goodness with many different types of burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and uniquely flavored brats. (A customer favorite is the cheese curd brat—maybe they will serve it this year too?)
Uptown Food Truck Festival. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, June 23. Free and open to the public, and will benefit charitable partner Feed My Starving Children. The Anoka Food Truck Festival is Saturday, July 20 and the St. Paul Food Truck Festival is Saturday, August 17. More info here.
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