Happy October, when outdoor festivals and in full swing and many are including the food trucks.
For the first time ever, food trucks are included at the State Fair of Texas, which runs through October 21. Good Karma Kitchen and Slush Works have joined up to have a "Mega Truck," serving inside the Food & Fiber Pavilion. The truck will be open the same hours as the fair.
Every Tuesday in October, trucks will be involved in another fundraiser in Irving. Ford Motor Credit is hosting the trucks and asking them to donate tips to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Fabulous Food Truck Festival will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. each Tuesday at 3660 Regent Blvd. in Irving. There will be a fairly large group of trucks each week, many who are doing service in Irving for the first time.
Every Thursday in October, look for Patio Sessions at Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Indie bands and food trucks come together for a special evening. Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at 2403 Flora in the Dallas Arts District. Bring a blanket or find a table. More info at http://www.attpac.org.
Every Friday Night is a new event: the Payday Block Party at Sigel's at 5757 Greenville Ave. in Dallas. This new event brings together some of the trucks that have rolled out over the last month. Tutta's Pizza, The Gastro Bomber, Taco Party and My Cupcake Garden will all be serving and Sigel's will be available if you want to pair your food with beer or wine.
The week of October 8 is an exciting week for several of the food trucks. Food Network Canda's TV show, Eat St., will be in Dallas filming several of the trucks. The public is invited to participate in the filming, experience the food and tell the Eat St. cameras about the experience.
The show will shoot Jack's ChowHound on Oct. 8 at Cedar's Food Park.
Vietnamese fusion truck Nammi is up next, on Oct. 9 on the University of North Texas campus.
Then on Oct. 11, it's the English-inspired Three Lions in the Dallas Arts District.
Good Karma Kitchen is the last stop, on Oct. 12; the gluten-free truck will be at 1717 McKinney Ave. in Dallas.
Filming will start in the early morning and last the majority of the afternoon, with primary focus on the lunchtime service.
Wednesday October 10 and October 24, its Brown Bags at The Opera: The Dallas Opera performs noontime recitals twice a month on outside the Winspear Opera House. Folks can grab a food truck bite and hear an opera star. For parking, there is some 1-hour, free parking along Flora Street. Daytime $5 to park at the Winspear Red Lexus garage.
Friday, October 12 and October 19, AT&T will be hosting Food Truck Fridays to benefit the United Way at One AT&T Plaza at 208 S. Akard. Various United Way organizations will be on site to talk about their agencies, and The Butcher's Son, Nammi, Ssahm, Gandolfo's will be serving both weeks; Rock & Roll Tacos will be there October 12; and Rockstar Bakestop will be there October 19. Both days the trucks will be serving 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Friday, October 19, its District After Dark, a preview of next years Aurora 2013 light, sound and video installations. Museums are open until midnight. Pay-What-You-Can-Performance of the Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at the Dallas Theater Center. Performances, tours and food trucks are 7 p.m.-midnight.
Sunday, October 21, veggie lovers come together for the Third Annual Veggie State Fair. A celebration of Dallas growing vegan scene, the Texas State Veggie Fair will offer an all-vegan menu of food, live music, games, and arts. This family-friendly event will appeal to anyone interested in learning more about living a cruelty-free lifestyle. And for the third year, the fair will host the Vegan Fried Foods competition, a winking homage to the annual State Fair of Texas. Good Karma Kitchen and Zombie Food Truck will be on site serving their vegan menus. The fair will be held at Revechon Park in Dallas, starting at 11 a.m.
Friday, October 26 is the Denton Food Truck Festival: Friday Night Bites. From 5-10 p.m., Denton will host its first food truck festival at the Denton Transit Center, 604 E. Hickory, the most Nothern point on the A-Train route. This event celebrates both the opening of Friday Night service for the A-Train but also welcomes the food trucks, just as city regulations are expanding to allow food trucks to operate in Denton permanently. The line-up of trucks has not been finalized but will include Denton-based trucks as well as trucks from around DFW that want to be able to serve Denton.
On Saturday and Sunday October 27 and 28, its the Klyde Warren Park Opening in Dallas, with 20 food trucks per day. Activities, bands (Polyphonic Spree, Trombone Shorty, Hard Nights Day and others), ribbon cutting and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, park activities, free museums, fireworks, movies, DJs. You name it and it will be at the Park and in the District. Follow www.klydewarrenpark.org and artinoctober.com for details.
Wednesday, October 31, the Fort Worth Food Park will celebrate "Halloween At The Park" with a bounce house, costume contest and trick or treating at the trucks. Check the Park's website to see which trucks will be there.
And standing weekly events continue:
Wednesday night, several locations host food trucks: Street Food Wednesday is at the Crate & Barrel at 3104 Knox St., Dallas. The Food Truck Experience is every Wednesday from 6-9 p.m. at Sigels at 5757 Greenville Ave in Dallas. Each week, Jacks ChowHound, Ssham BBQ, Rock And Roll Tacos, The Belgian Waffle and Crazy Fish will be serving from 6-9 p.m. Food trucks are also in Lake Highlands every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., at the Eco-Op Office, 10137A Shoreline Drive. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks and they will post the line up of trucks each week.
Camden Design District also hosts trucks on Wednesday nights at 15510 Oak Lawn in Dallas. This event is also hosted by U.S. Food trucks.
Thursday nights are just as busy as Wednesdays: Every Thursday night from 6 -9, food trucks are in Addison at 3875 Ponte Ave. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks, who published the truck line-up on Facebook and Twitter.
From 5-8 p.m. Thursdays, food trucks are also at Camden Farmers Market, at 2250 Marilla in Dallas. This event is sponsored by U.S. Food Trucks.
On Fridays, Cedars Food Truck Park brings you Al Fresco Fridays with live music, a local brewery and a weekly rotation of food trucks. Bring the family and enjoy the evening. The list of food trucks each week can be found at http://www.cedarsfoodpark.com/.
And as always, Fort Worth Food Truck Park is open on Wednesday nights for dinner, and Thursdays and Sundays for lunch and dinner at 2509 Weisenberger Dr. in Fort Worth. You can find their schedule of trucks at www.fwfoodpark.com.
Cowtown Chow Down is open Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner at 1100 North Main in Fort Worth. You can find their schedule of trucks at www.cowtownfoodpark.com.