I know they say breakfast is the most important meal: It helps start out the day right and yada yada yada… but if there was ever a time to skip breakfast it would be for the Northeast Food Truck Rally.
Food trucks usually call downtown Minneapolis home, but for a few days throughout the summer they all congregate in several convenient spots throughout the Twin Cities making it easy for you to come out and blissfully eat your way into a food coma without battling downtown Minneapolis traffic and parking.
The third annual Northeast Food Truck Rally will showcase 12 food trucks that follow this year’s theme “Around the World”. Hosted at Able Seedhouse & Brewery, you’ll be able to wash everything down with a refreshing craft beer with proceeds going to a great organization, Meals on Wheels. This event is completely free to attend so be sure to come hungry as you’ll definitely want to taste test delicious dishes from every food truck.
Original Hockey Mom Brownies: Save room for dessert with the most decadent and fudgiest brownies.
PaniniPinups: Serving up twists on panini classics, the highlight is of course the oh-so-Minnesotan Spam panini with a slice of Hormel Spam, cheese, Sriracha Mayo, and caramelized pineapple.
Alimama’s: Doling out tasty mediterranean fare.
Blue Fire Pizza: Enjoy fantastic woodfire pizza right out of a food truck.
TOT BOSS: Indulge in several tator tot dishes including Bacon Wrapped Tator Tots, Tator Tot Nachos, and Tator Tot Hotdish.
Hibachi Daruma: Cooking up traditional Japanese cuisine, both vegetarians and meat eaters will find something they love.
Soul Lao: Made with fresh and locally sourced ingredients, enjoy Lao dishes like Rotisserie Chicken Laab and Naem Khao, a crispy coconut and pork wrap.
Sasquatch Sandwiches: Pack extra napkins for the dripping, delicious Sasquatch Sandwich: braised shortrib on a milkbun.
HomeTown Creamery: A dozen flavors of velvety, homemade ice cream served with homemade waffle cones.
Lu’s Sandwiches: Vietnamese sandwich creations, their Barbacoa is always in demand.
Run Tell That BBQ: Serving up classic BBQ favorites like pulled pork, mac and cheese, and ribs.
Thai Thai Street Food: Try flavors from the streets of Thailand with their tasty dishes.
Sssdude-Nutz: Baking decadent donuts, you’ll want to devour each flavor from The Sandlot to the Oprah Money donut.
And not to worry if you need to pace yourself between eating your BBQ and brownies, as there are plenty of other activities happening at the rally. You’ll find a giant inflatable slide, a massive Connect Four game, and face painting for the kids. New this year, the Northeast Food Truck Rally is partnering with Secondhand Hounds who will set up a “Smooch a Pooch” booth from 3pm-6pm, where adorable, adoptable dogs will happily give you a kiss (or a wet slobber).
The rally has also lined up a fantastic set of local music that will play throughout the event:
Chemistry Set-Mpls – 3:45 p.m.
The Federales – 4:45 p.m.
Catbath – 5:45 p.m.
Fury Things – 6:45 p.m.
Monica LaPlante – 7:45 p.m.
The Mighty Mofos – 8:45 p.m.
The Northeast Food Truck Rally runs from 3pm to 10pm on Saturday, July 14 and will be a great warm up for the next upcoming food truck festivals happening in Anoka (July 21) and in St. Paul (August 18) which boast over 40 food trucks.
Along with the overwhelming choice of tasty eats, the Anoka and St. Paul Food Truck Festivals will also feature craft brews, live music, games and giveaways.
And I know it’s not fashionable, but for all these food truck festivals you’ll probably want to come wearing pants with a sturdy elastic waistband.