DU Field Notes: Fast and Tasty Food from a Truck
Remember the old-fashioned ice cream truck that could entice a crowd on a summer day with frozen treats and that familiar tune? That was just a precursor to the food trucks we love today. Mobile kitchens have popped up all over Denver in the past ten years. Many are run by skilled chefs who enjoy preparing delicious, gourmet food on the spot. The aroma draws us in, and we find ourselves standing in line anticipating a tasty treat.
Food trucks can be found at many big events, and sometimes they ARE the event. If you’re looking for a variety of food truck fare all in one place, check out these local events. You’re sure to find something that will please your palate.
City Park Jazz
2001 Steele St., pavilion in City Park
City Park Jazz is more than a series of free concerts featuring an eclectic mix of artists. It’s a great place to hang out with friends and get a bite to eat. Some of Denver’s finest food trucks can be found along Food Truck Alley. In the mood for Greek, Indian or Thai? How about pizza, barbeque or ice cream? There’s something for everyone at affordable prices. City Park Jazz is held every Sunday through August 7, from 6-8 p.m. There are only a few concerts left, so don’t wait!
Civic Center EATS
101 W. 14th Ave.
Take a lunch break at Civic Center EATS (pictured above), billed as Denver’s premier food truck event. Held every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., this summertime food festival brings together a variety of Denver’s best mobile restaurants with live music at Civic Center Park. Choose from a wide menu of delicious food from a wide variety of trucks including Arepas House, Chuey FU’s, OG Burgers, Still Smokin and Mama Kabob. Civic Center EATS runs through September 1.
First Friday Art Walk on Santa Fe
1001 Santa Fe Dr.
The Art District on Santa Fe comes alive from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month as artisans and art lovers participate in the First Friday Art Walk. Over 100 galleries, co-ops and alley vendors share their wares during the evening event, including several food trucks on hand to cater to hungry shoppers. This event is held all year long, though summer is peak season when more of the area is open to pedestrians.
Street Food Social
Belmar in Lakewood
Street Food Social is a celebration of Denver’s street food. This food-centric event series attracts over 20 street vendors and food trucks every week. Come for the live music, delicious bites and local brews. Then vote for your favorite vendor for the Weekly FanFav Award. The vendor with the most wins at the end of the season will receive a $5,000 scholarship to invest in their growing business. Street Food Social at Belmar is held every Friday through September 30 from 5 to 9 p.m.