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6 Reasons to go to the 2017 Street Eats Food Truck Festival

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries No Comments

The Street Eats Food Truck Festival is back in 2017 with an exciting laundry list of events, vendors and so many great gourmet offerings from your favorite food trucks. The weekend is guaranteed to be packed with great food, art and education. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Why would I spend $12 to get into the festival and then shell out even more money for the food I want when I can hit up my local farmers market or a food truck round up on any given weekend?” I have a few reasons why this event is worth your dollars and time.

RockaBelly at Street Eats Food Truck Festival6 Serious Reasons to Get to the Street Eats Food Truck Festival

So Many Food Trucks!

Now, you can catch a few food trucks at your local farmers market, sure. But can you have access to (almost) ALL of the local food trucks that you love in one place? Check out the trucks that will be on hand:

  • Grandma’s Navajo Frybread
  • Grilled Addiction
  • K+C Concessions
  • Montana Bar-BQ
  • Yellowman Frybread
  • Tornado Potato
  • Satay Hut
  • Wok Sticks
  • Wandering Donkey
  • Queso Good
  • The American Poutine Co.
  • Sally’s BBQ
  • Cheese, Love, Happiness Food Truck
  • Gorilla Cheese Truck
  • Rockstar Hotdogs
  • Burgers Amore
  • Cactus Corn
  • Tom’s Pig Rig BBQ
  • Pinnacle Peak Pie Co.
  • The Treatery
  • Mustache Pretzels
  • Which Wich AZ
  • Super Swirl
  • Q Up! Food Truck
  • Aioli Gourmet Burgers
  • Detroit Coney Cruiser
  • Green Chile Grill
  • Paradise Melts
  • Fabio One Fire Pizza
  • Chuckies
  • Smokin’ Hot BBQ
  • International Taco Truck
  • Que Sazon
  • 2 Fat Guys Grilled Cheese
  • Sweet Magnolia BBQ
  • Traveling Monk
  • Mister Softee AZ
  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream
  • Left Coast Burrito Co.
  • Le Crepe
  • Kona Ice Scottsdale
  • Afters
  • Waffle Crush
  • Desert Snow
  • Off the Hook Food Truck
  • Modern Tortilla
  • Pearson’s Cajun Catering
  • Jamburritos
  • The Maine Lobster Lady
  • Circle R Farms
  • Press Italian Street Food
  • RockaBelly
  • Arizona Wings N’ More
  • Yatai Ramen

Cooking Demos

Need a little help or inspiration in the kitchen? Valley chefs will be on hand throughout the weekend to walk you through some of their recipes on the Sub-Zero/Wolf stage, complete with helpful tips and tricks. Who can you expect to see? I’m glad you asked!

Saturday, February 11th

12pm | Richard Hinojosa | CRUjiente Tacos

1pm | Jennifer Russo | The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s

2pm | Robert Bush | Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse

3pm | Bryan Simmons | Porch Restaurant

4pm | Josh Bracher | Sonata’s Restaurant

Sunday, February 12th

12pm | Jim Gallen | Tom’s Tavern

1pm | Kevin Lebron | The Dressing Room

2pm | Chris McKinley | Chico Malo

3pm | Akos Szabo | MATCH at Found:RE

4pm | Jason McGrath | Second Story Liquor Bar

Eating Contests

Hungry for a little competition? Stuff your face at one (or all?) of these gluttonous contests. (You can sign up to compete at the Contest Check In next to the musical stage.) If you’re not the competitive type, pop in to see who is the best of the best… at eating things quickly.

Pie Eating Contest | 12pm Both Days | 6 contestants will be tasked with eating a banana cream pie… hands free. Who will finish first?

Hot Dog Eating Contest | 1:30pm both days | 6 contestants will have 8 freshly cooked hot dogs set before them. The winner will be the first to finish, or eat the most, in the allotted 5 minutes.

Bobbing for Apples | 2:30pm each day | 4 players will dunk their faces into water-filled buckets and 6 to 8 apples. The first one to get all their apples out with their mouths will be victorious.

Spoon Feeding Contest | 3:30pm each day | 3 teams of 2 players will face eat other, about 6 feet of distance away. One player must feed pudding to the other using a long wooden dowel and a spoon tied to the end of it. The first team to finish their cup of pudding will get all the bragging rights.

Dirty Donut Eating Contest | 4:30pm each day | 3 teams of two players, one laying on the ground and the other standing above. The standing teammate will pull a string with a donut at the end, dip it into chocolate and then feed it to their teammate, all while the donut remains on the string. The first team to finish 3 donuts will take the title. *Wet wipes not included.

UnCommon Markets

This very special market experience is not to be missed. If you love to shop and/or love unique items (from food to art to clothing) you’re going to love this market. If you are looking for something special for your sweetie or just something unique for yourself, you will be awarded with tons of options.

Live Music

With two stages and multiple artists performing each day, there will be no lack of entertainment. Grab a plate, or two, and a spot in the audience and enjoy the local musical acts. Lucky for you, we have the complete line up.

Saturday, February 11th | Main Stage

12pm to 1pm The Random Gingers

1:30pm to 2:30pm Pick & Holler

3pm to 4pm Soul Country

4:30pm to 5:30pm d’Averill & Derek

Saturday, February 11th | Music Stage 2

11:30am to 12:30pm Lexy Lexey

12:45pm to 1:45pm Lauren Case

3:20pm to 4:20pm John Caufield

4:40pm to 5:45pm Innocent Elaine

Sunday, February 12th | Main Stage

1:30pm to 2:30pm Pick & Holler

4:30pm to 5:30pm d’Averill & Derek

Sunday, February 12th | Music Stage 2

11:30am to 12:15pm Analog Outlaws

12:30pm to 1:15pm Don’t Tell Mom

1:30 to 4:45pm School of Rock Sugar Skulls

5pm to 5:45pm Danielle Durack

Tickets are Affordable

General Admission tickets are available for $12 per day for all guest over the age of 12 (younger food truck fanatics are free). Your general admission ticket will get you access to all the food trucks, bars (excluding the VIP bar) and other great activities of the festival. All the food trucks will feature one $2 sample item on their menu in the event that you want to graze and sample a little but from each truck. (Okay, maybe not each truck. That would be WAY too much food.)

VIP tickets are also available for $60 per day. VIPS’s will have access to a special lounge area that will be the home of fancy pants potties, a DJ and a dedicated bar. Your VIP ticket will get you 6 beverage tickets to be used at the VIP bar as well as 4 $2 tokens to use at the food trucks of your choice.

So there you have it; 6 serious reasons to go to the Street Eats Food Trucks Festival this year.

Who’s coming with me??

Street Eats Food Truck Festival | 7555 N. Pima Road | Scottsdale | 85258

February 11th and 12th beginning at 11am

© Taryn Jeffries 2017

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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