Miami Food Truck Events & History in South Florida

Few folks were familiar with the food truck movement sweeping across the U.S. when the rumblings started in Miami. I had seen pictures and read about the growing scenes in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, and New York.

I was excited to see what kind of flavor Miami would bring to the food truck scene.

Food Trucks at Magic City Casino
Food Trucks at Magic City Casino

Current Miami Food Trucks Events in South Florida

Every Tuesday

Food Truck Fest
Haulover Park from 5-9:30 PM
10800 Collins Avenue
Bal Harbour, Florida 33154

Every Wednesday

Food Truck Wednesdays
Pelican Harbor Marina from 5-10 PM
1275 NE 79th Street
North Bay Village, Florida 33138

Wednesday Food Trucks
Volunteer Park from 5-9 PM
12050 W Sunrise Boulevard
Plantation, Florida 33323

Every Thursday

Wellington Food Truck & Music Series
Wellington Amphitheater from 5-9 PM
12100 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, Florida 33414

Every Friday

Food Trucks Fridays Fiesta
Tropical Park from 5-10 PM
7900 SW 40th Street
Miami, Florida 33155

Second Friday of the Month

Food Trucks in Jupiter
Abacoa Town Center from 5:30-10 PM
1200 Town Center Drive
Jupiter, Florida 33458

Miami Food Truck Beginnings

gastroPod, Miami's Original Trailblazing Food Truck
gastroPod, Miami’s Original Trailblazing Food Truck

The gastroPod ushered in the food truck revolution in South Florida with his temporary trailer nicknamed The Shiny Twinkie. However, the gastroPod‘s 1962 Airstream Trailer, closely associated with the early days of Miami’s mobile food scene, did not debut until January 2010.

Jeremiah Clauser, chef and owner of the gastroPod, had been planning its debut since late 2008. However, it would take almost a year to realize his plans.

On November 3rd, 2009, Chef Jeremiah could finally post this comment on his Twitter account.

welcome everyone to Miami’s food revolution

gastroPod twitter account on November 3rd, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Latin Burger & Taco (who at the time had celebrity chef Ingrid Hoffman behind it) and the Yellow Submarine food trucks followed not too long afterward.

Miami Food Truck Events History

By the summer of 2009, vehicles were hovering around ten. A few months later, on September 12th, 2009, I curated the 1st food truck event in Florida, the Fall for the Arts Festival.

It started the craze of events that led to the weekly Miami Street Food Court, B.T.T.R.Hard Rock Cafe, and the now-legendary event Lexus of Kendall. The latter was a mega event where thousands descended upon a car dealership with their families to eat on a Friday night.

We even did a co-event with Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow!

On April 20th, 2013, the Miami Food Trucks set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Food Truck Parade with 62 mobile vehicles at Magic City Casino, including some of my favorites like the Rolling Stove, HipPops, and the Purple People Eatery.

I need to include honorable mentions for A.C.’s Icees, who has been serving lemonades in Coconut Grove for over 30 years, and Pincho Man, the original Miami food truck megastar. Both are still around today.

Unfortunately, at the moment, there are very few recurring Miami-Dade County events.

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