Miss Food Festivals?
You might want to go to Waterman’s Family Farm, 710 E. Raymond St., this weekend.
Dozens of food trucks will be parked there on Saturday and Sunday as part of the world’s largest food truck rally.
This is the first time in Indianapolis that Generation Entertainment Florida has hosted the 11-year event.
A 2018 event in Malaysia with 158 vehicles is listed on the Guinness World Records website as the largest food truck rally. However, the Generation Entertainment event holds the record for the largest parade of food trucks with 121 vehicles in Tampa in 2014 before a rally with 208 trucks.
Usually the event attracts more than 100 trucks. Usually.
The coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of participants this year. Generation co-owner Jeremy Gomez said many food trucks were struggling to get the permits required to sell by this week.
Food sellers who are not yet approved in the county must submit a temporary food permit registration to the county at least 48 hours before an event.
After a deadline had expired this week, the district health department waived the 48-hour requirement and initiated personal registration on Friday. It also called on additional Indiana State Department of Health personnel to help conduct food safety inspections during the event, a Marion County Department of Health spokesman said.
If your on your way here is what to expect. The event will take place from September 26th to 27th from 12pm to 8pm. Entry and parking are free.
Choose from 30 to 40 food trucks.
- Perch and whitefish fillet baskets from Hawk’s Famous Fish of Fort Wayne
- Boozee Cakes of Indianapolis mini bundt cakes fortified with alcohol
- Tacos, including a vegetarian option, from Detroit’s Tacos El Caballo
- Lobster mac and cheese, jerk chicken nachos, grilled eggplant and coconut prawn platters from Fishers’ Taste of the Caribbean
- Caprese salad, pumpkin dessert rolls, and sandwich rolls filled with chicken fettuccine, steak or pulled pork mac and cheese from On the Roll Food Truck of Battle Creek, Mich.
- Pierogi Love Indy filled with kielbasa and deep-fried pierogi with potatoes and cheddar.
Pick up some gifts from local non-food vendors.
Indiana-themed t-shirts and hats are available from Born & Raised Indiana Apparel. Michigan City’s Moore Naturals & Crafts offers arts and crafts, shampoo, and scrubs.
Porkopolis BBQ runs a beer garden on weekends.
Gomez Generation Championship Wrestling begins at 3 p.m. Bring your own chair.
Porta potties and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the property.
Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at [email protected] or 317-444-6264. Follow her on Twitter: @cherylvjackson.