Food Truck Rodeo

Warmer weather means that a number of our favorite things are on the horizon: Open windows, blooming flowers, farmers markets, and festivals. More specifically, food truck festivals. While they once might have seemed like a foodie trend, it is clear that food trucks are here to stay – and North Carolina is home to some of the best. From the usual barbecue, taco, or cupcake truck to the less familiar Asian-fusion, vegan, or French crêpe truck, there’s something out there guaranteed to strike your fancy. We’ve rounded up all of the scheduled food truck festivals, or “rodeos” as many like to call them, so that you can plan your weekends accordingly – just make sure to bring your appetite.

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March 2016

Pups & Trucks • Raleigh • March 11
The RTP Food Truck Rodeo happens every Friday at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, but three of those Fridays are made even better with help from Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., grab a bite to eat and enjoy the company of some adoptable furry friends while you’re at it.

Spring Food Truck Rodeo with PitchBlak Brass • Durham • March 13
Durham Central Park’s Spring Food Truck Rodeo features more than 50 local food trucks and the epic sounds of Brooklyn’s PitchBlak Brass Band. Festivities are from noon-4 p.m., and the band will play from 12:30 p.m.-3:15 p.m.

Asheboro Food Truck Rodeo presented by Habitat for Humanity • Asheboro • March 19
After the Human Race, presented by Habitat for Humanity, the Asheboro Food Truck Rodeo will start at 11 a.m. at Bicentennial Park and carry into the afternoon. Four Saints Brewing will contribute live music and a beer garden in the park.

NC Food Rodeo at Grove Winery & Vineyards • Gibsonville • March 20
The NC Food Rodeo is held one Sunday each month through the summer, and kicks off on March 20 from noon-4 p.m. Located at Grove Winery & Vineyards, enjoy the scenery while you eat and mingle with friends. The other dates have not been announced yet, so be sure to check NC Food Rodeo’s Facebook page for future events.

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo • Wake Forest • March 20
From noon-4 p.m., an array of food trucks from Wake Forest’s community will come together at The Renaissance/Over the Falls Shopping Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. This is the first of three scheduled events throughout the year.


April 2016

Food Truck Fridays • Charlotte • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Since it started in February 2012, Food Truck Friday has become more than just an opportunity to try some of Charlotte’s best food-truck offerings. It’s a popular place for friends and families to come together as a community and to enjoy the start of their weekends. Keep an eye on the event’s website and social media for the full schedule through the summer. Festivities are from 5-9 p.m.

4th Annual Burke Street Food Truck Festival • Winston-Salem • April 9
The Burke Street Food Truck Festival will feature 60 trucks from more than 20 cities and towns across central North Carolina. VIP passes will be available for advance purchase, allowing a limited number of people a head start at 2 p.m. General admission to the festival is from 3-8 p.m.

Revolution Mill Food Truck Festival & Open House • Greensboro • April 10
Take a tour of all that Revolution Mill has to offer, including its events center, art studios, and new apartments, while enjoying the creations of at least a dozen food trucks that will be parked outside of the newly remodeled building. Come and go as you please from noon-6 p.m.

Chatham Street Chowdown Food Truck Rally • Cary • April 17
Walk along Chatham Street in downtown Cary and peruse your favorite food trucks, plus a beer and wine garden. There will be seating areas for relaxation, and music from local performers throughout the day. Festivities will be from noon-4:30 p.m.

7th Jamestown Food Truck Festival • Jamestown • April 24
Hosted by the Guilford County Chapter of the Autism Society of North Carolina, the Jamestown Food Truck Festival will raise money and awareness for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Come out at noon to enjoy delicious food and to support a great cause.

Pups & Trucks • Raleigh • April 29
The RTP Food Truck Rodeo happens every Friday at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, but three of those Fridays are made even better with help from Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the company of some adoptable furry friends while you’re at it.


May 2016

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo • Raleigh • May 1
The first of four food truck rodeos in downtown Raleigh features more than 50 food trucks from all over North Carolina and sidewalk seating for more than 1,000 visitors. Festivities are from 1-6 p.m. You can show your support by purchasing a VIP pass for $26, which will grant you a 30-minute head start at each of the four rodeos throughout the year.

Pups & Trucks • Raleigh • May 13
The RTP Food Truck Rodeo happens every Friday at Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, but three of those Fridays are made even better with help from Pawfect Match Rescue & Rehabilitation. From 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., grab a bite to eat, and enjoy the company of some adoptable furry friends while you’re at it.

Greensboro Food Truck Festival • Greensboro • May 15
Now located downtown at Greene and Market streets, the Greensboro Food Truck Festival will include 50 trucks, craft beer, music, kids’ activities, and craft vendors. Admission is free, and festivities will be from 4-9 p.m. This is the first of two downtown food truck festivals in Greensboro this summer.


June 2016

Rocky Mount Mills 5K, Concert, & Food Truck Rodeo • Rocky Mount • June 4
After the Rocky Mount Mills 5K, runners can enjoy live music, cold beer, and an assortment of culinary creations from the many food trucks that will be participating. Registered runners and children younger than 18 are admitted free of charge; guests will pay a $10 entry fee that will be donated entirely to charity. Music will begin at 9 a.m. to kick off the race, and will continue until noon.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo • Raleigh • June 12
The second of four food truck rodeos in downtown Raleigh features more than 50 food trucks from all over North Carolina and sidewalk seating for more than 1,000 visitors. Festivities are from 1-6 p.m.

North Carolina Food Truck State Championship • Randleman • June 17-18
This third annual food truck competition includes entertainment, family activities, and delicious cuisine from Randolph County. Join the fun and local flavor for a great day of eating, music, crafts, and fellowship. Keep an eye on their website for the weekend’s schedule.

Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo • Durham • June 19
Celebrate Father’s Day with your family or friends at Durham Central Park. Enjoy more than 50 different food trucks and local craft beer from noon-4 p.m.


July 2016

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo • Wake Forest • July 17
From noon-4 p.m., an array of food trucks from Wake Forest’s community will come together at The Renaissance/Over the Falls Shopping Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. This is the second of three scheduled events throughout the year.


August 2016

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Evening Rodeo • Raleigh • August 7
The third of four food truck rodeos in downtown Raleigh features more than 50 food trucks from all over North Carolina and sidewalk seating for more than 1,000 visitors. This is an evening rodeo, so festivities are from 4-9 p.m.

Greensboro Food Truck Festival • Greensboro • August 28
Now located downtown at Greene and Market streets, the Greensboro Food Truck Festival will include 50 trucks, craft beer, music, kids’ activities, and craft vendors. Admission is free, and festivities will be from 4-9:00 p.m. This is the second of two downtown food truck festivals in Greensboro this summer.


September 2016

Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Rodeo • Durham • September 4
Enjoy your long holiday weekend with good friends and great food at Durham Central Park from noon-4 p.m.


October 2016

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo • Raleigh • October 9
The last of four food truck rodeos in downtown Raleigh features more than 50 food trucks from all over North Carolina and sidewalk seating for more than 1,000 visitors. This is an evening rodeo, so festivities are from 4-9 p.m.

4th Annual Quintiles Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo • Durham • October 16
With differing distances on race day, you are welcome to race, go the distance, or casually run with family and friends. All races start next to the American Tobacco Campus (between 6:45-8:30 a.m.) with a post-race festival on the lawn at the Durham Performing Arts Center ending at noon. There will be entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and activities for kids.

Halloween Weekend Food Truck Rodeo • Durham • October 30
Take a trip to Durham Central Park and kick off your Halloween with more than 50 food trucks and local craft beer. Costumes are not mentioned, but are surely welcomed. Stop by from noon-4 p.m.


November 2016

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo • Wake Forest • November 7
From noon-4 p.m., an array of food trucks from Wake Forest’s community will come together at The Renaissance/Over the Falls Shopping Center in historic downtown Wake Forest. This is the last of three scheduled events throughout the year.


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Rosalie Catanoso is the digital assistant at Our State. She is a graduate of Appalachian State University, and developed a freelance editing career while living in Philadelphia for two years. Now back in North Carolina, she enjoys exploring her home by way of its breweries, live music, and above all else — barbecue.