On the one hand, it seems just like yesterday we were all waiting in line at our favorite food truck fare, yet on the other it seems way longer than the year it’s been since rallies closed due to quarantine. Luckily, this year is different thanks to the vaccine rollout and easing of COVID-19 restrictions. This spring, step away from the oven and step up to the window to order dinner from a kitchen on wheels.
From Concord to Rock Hill, here’s where to find Charlotte’s best food truck fare:
Food Truck Rallies In and Around Charlotte
Where to find them: Sycamore Brewing Company
When to dine: Every Friday, from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Charlotte’s original food truck rally continues at Sycamore Brewing each Friday evening. Enjoy the sun on their beautiful patio while surrounded by live music, a variety of the area’s best food trucks, award-winning craft beer from Sycamore’s taproom and more all accessible by the light rail and Rail Trail. Follow them on Facebook for weekly lineups.
Where to find them: NoDa Brewing Company
When to dine: April 17 & 18, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
What to expect: Mark your calendar for The MAKRS Society Pop-Up at NoDa Brewing Company! Expect 10 local artists and markers each day and different food trucks to choose from. For more information, visit HERE.
Where to find them: South Park Eats Alternative, 5970 Fairview Road
When to dine: Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to expect: Mix up your lunch break with a trip to the largest gathering of food trucks in SouthPark. Every Wednesday a variety of food trucks from around the city serve up lunchtime favorites. A bonus? This spot has easy, free parking. View the weekly line-up at southparkeats.com.
Where to find them: Whitehall Eats Alternative, Whitehall Corporate Center
When to dine: Every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
What to expect: Grab a quick bite at the Whitehall Corporate Center where a variety of food trucks from the Charlotte area will be every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. With plenty of free parking and easy walkability, Whitehall Eats Alternative is a great lunch break option. Check out the weekly lineup by visiting HERE.
Where to find them: Armored Cow Brewing Company
When to dine: Every Friday beginning April 16 to September, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What to expect: Several popular food trucks to choose from, live music, plenty of beer, craft vendors, and more. It’s a great way to spend a happy happy hour to kick off the weekend.
The dog and kid-friendly event takes place in the brewery’s front parking lot with plenty of outdoor seating with room for social distancing. Stay tuned for more deets and updates on the Armored Cow Facebook page HERE. See you there on Fridays until further notice!
Where to find them: West End Food Truck Friday, Blue Blaze Brewing
When to dine: Every Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
What to expect: Join Charlotte’s newest food truck rally hosted by West End’s first craft brewery for a delicious variety of local food trucks, live music, and drinks. This rally is free to attend as well as dog and family-friendly. You can also order food and drinks to go with curbside pickup. Visit bit.ly/BBbeer to order and select ‘Pickup.’ Upon arrival, call Blue Blaze Brewing and they will bring your order out to you!
Visit blueblazebrewing.com/events for the weekly food truck and music lineup!
Where to find them: Ballantyne Corporate Park
When to dine: Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
What to expect: Switch up your lunch routine by visiting Ballantyne Corporate Park for lunch! Those who work in the business park (and even those who don’t!) enjoy a different truck each day, from tacos to frozen treats and burger classics. View the latest schedule at goballantyne.com.
Where to find them: Rockin’ the Burg Concert Series, Harrisburg Park
When to dine: The second Saturday in May, June, August, September and October. Food trucks expected to be on-site from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (subject to change). Check their website for future dates and hours.
What to expect: Rockin’ the Burg is about to kick off with their first concert on May 8! This family-friendly concert series features food trucks, children’s activities, including an inflatable and other outdoor yard games, and live music. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets, leashed pets are welcome, and please note that Harrisburg Park is a tobacco and alcohol-free park. Visit their website for more details.
Where to find them: Model A Concert Series, Runde Park, 5116 Windward Dr.
When to dine: Select Saturdays, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
What to expect: In Tega Cay, food trucks will gather at Runde Park on select Saturdays this summer along with live music. This year’s food truck vendors include Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Baltimore Crab Cake Co, Cousins Maine Lobster, Hog N Dog Too, Ken’s Famous Italian Ice, KO Food Truck, Maki Taco, Pelicans, Pizza for Pyros, Roman’s All-Star Cafe, Sal’s Roadside Eatery, That Won Truck and Wilbur’s Last Ride. For more details, visit HERE.
Where to find them: Cabarrus County Food Truck Friday, Cabarrus Brewing Company
When to dine: Every Friday, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
What to expect: Enjoy great beer, live music, and delicious food from a variety of trucks every Friday at Cabarrus Brewing Company. View the lineup each week here.
Where to find them: Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill.
When to dine: Every third Friday in 2021 beginning soon. Visit here for opening dates.
What to expect: Food truck Friday is back in Rock Hill this year! Old Town’s Fountain Park will feature the best food trucks in the area, Old Town restaurants, local beers, wine, children’s activities, and live music. Free admission. Find all schedules and updates online.
Where to find them: Festival of Food Trucks, Downtown Mooresville, North Main Street (between Moore Avenue & Iredell Avenue)
When to dine: 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. monthly, April through October. Current dates are June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, and October 2. Check their website for more details and updates.
What to expect: Portions of Main Street in Downtown Mooresville will be blocked off for the Festival of Food Trucks, so bring a chair and stay a while! Enjoy gourmet fare from a variety of the best food trucks in the area, listen to music, stroll the streets and shop! Come early as the street gets crowded fast!