Germany’s #1 Food is one of two dozen food trucks that will be part of the Food Trucks & Craft Beer Festival. | Courtesy of Germany’s #1 Food

Louisvillians love to dine out, and this shows in the buzz that often follows new restaurants, not to mention the anticipation for restaurants yet to open. It’s a city where chefs often are seen as celebrities.

The food trucks in Louisville are many, but they take a back seat to restaurants. Your favorite restaurant is in one brick-and-mortar location at all time, but your favorite food truck always is on the go. Track it on social media and grab it when you can.

Well, for at least one afternoon, you can corral some of the top trucks in town, as the Louisville Food Truck Association rolls out its inaugural Food Trucks & Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 19, at Waterfront Park featuring 24 local food trucks and 13 craft breweries.

Let the food trucks be heard.

Korean-style fish tacos by Traveling Kitchen | Courtesy of Traveling Kitchen

The association actually tried its hand at doing a festival six years ago, according to president Leah Stewart, who also owns the Louisville Dessert Truck. Unfortunately, weather didn’t cooperate the first time, and the event was not a success.

But it’s back.

“It took us a while to get up the courage to do it again,” Stewart said. Adding craft beer by partnering with the Kentucky Guild of Brewers was just another shot in the arm, which not only provides further incentive for people to attend, in addition to helping promote other small, local businesses.

While your belly can only hold so much — trying something from all 24 food trucks might be a bad idea — having all the trucks together offers a prime opportunity for not only satisfying your craving but experiencing something new.

“I think people go to their favorite trucks, and they look for some new ones,” said Stewart. “It’s a great place to see 24 food trucks all at the same time.”

Some of the trucks scheduled to attend include Traveling Kitchen, a Korean-style taco truck; Longshot Lobsta, focusing on lobster rolls and clam chowder; Red’s Comfort Foods, which focuses on themed hot dogs; and Germany’s #1 Food, a name that sort of speaks for itself.

You want sushi? Louisville Sushi Truck. Italian? Bellissimo will be there. Mexican cuisine? Ramiro’s has you covered. It’s a veritable cultural cornucopia on wheels, and that creates a build-your-own-meal scenario ideal for shared experiences.

Lobster roll, biscuit and chowder from Longshot Lobsta. | Courtesy of Longshot Lobsta

“You can go buy a taco here and a pulled pork sandwich and get a side dish somewhere,” Stewart said. “Create your meal. It’s kind of like progressive dining all in one place. Commandeer your table, and send somebody out to start buying food.”

There also will be a few out-of-town breweries, such as Lexington’s Rock House Brewing and Harrodsburg’s Lemons Mill, along with local favorites like Against the Grain, Monnik Beer Co., Akasha Brewing and others.

Tickets are $5 in advance or $10 at the gate. There’s also a VIP option for $20 and $25, which includes swag and early entry into the event.

The festival runs from noon-6 p.m. (11 a.m. start for VIPs).

Stewart feels confident this time around, the weather will stay warm and the rain will stay away. Either way, don’t expect it to be another six years before the association has another event.

“We’re going to hopefully have a lovely day of food trucks and craft beer,” she said.

Here’s the full list of food trucks scheduled to attend the event:

  • 502 Cafe
  • Bellissimo
  • Boss Hog’s BBQ
  • Boo Boo Smoke Shack
  • Captain’s Kitchen
  • Celtic Pig
  • El Mambo
  • Flavaville
  • Fresh Out The Box
  • Get In Your Belly Deli
  • Get It On a Bun at Booty’s Diner
  • Germany’s #1 Food
  • Grecian Mama
  • La Chandeleur
  • Lexie Lu
  • Longshot Lobsta
  • Louisville Dessert Truck
  • Louisville Sushi Truck
  • Moe-licious
  • Pollo — a Gourmet Chicken Joint
  • Ramiro’s Cantina
  • Reds Comfort Foods
  • Traveling Kitchen
  • Zoom Zoom Yum

Here are the breweries scheduled to serve beer:

  • Against the Gain (Louisville)
  • Rock House Brewing (Lexington)
  • Akasha Brewing (Louisville)
  • Monnik (Louisville)
  • West Sixth (Lexington)
  • Mile Wide (Louisville)
  • Braxton (Covington)
  • Pivot Brewing (Lexington)
  • Old Louisville Brewing
  • 3rd Turn (Louisville)
  • Gordon Biersch (Louisville)
  • Holsopple (Louisville)
  • Lemons Mill (Harrodsburg)

Kevin Gibson covers everything from food to music to beer to bourbon. He loves bacon, loathes cucumbers and once interviewed Yoko Ono (pissed her off a little, too). Check out his books, “Louisville Beer: Derby City History on Draft” and “100 Things to do in Louisville Before You Die.” He has won numerous awards for his work but doesn’t know where most of them are now. In his spare time, he co-hosts a local radio show and plays in a band called the Uncommon Houseflies. Check out his blog, 502Brews.com, or feel free to call him names on Twitter: @kgramone.


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