By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 16, 2021 at 3:01 PM

Tickets are now on sale for a brand new food truck festival featuring treats and eats from a wide range of mobile food businesses.

MKE Food Truck Fest, brought to you by OnMilwaukee in collaboration with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc., will take place at Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr. on Saturday, July 24 from noon to 5 p.m.

The fest will feature over a dozen vendors offering a wide range of sweet and savory options from Thai, Filipino, Italian and Middle Eastern fare to barbeque, snacks and desserts.

Thanks to its convenient central location at the Johnson Controls Pavilion and Northwestern Mutual Community Park areas, MKE Food Truck Fest will also give guests and their families a first whirl at the brand new children’s activity area on the festival grounds.

Of course, there's more. DJ Shawna will be spinning and FM102/1 will be providing entertainment. Attendees can also enjoy games from Bars & Recreation at their “Let’s Play” Yard featuring the Nine Below Hole-in-One Challenge, NorthSouth Club shuffleboard and bags. Hockey fans can also meet Rosco from the Milwaukee Admirals, who will be on the grounds giving guests opportunities to win tickets and prizes.

Italian beef sandwich
Italian beef sandwich from Amore de la Cucina
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A feast of food trucks

Come hungry. As of today, the growing food truck line-up includes:

The event will also feature numerous pop-up vendors including Fazio’s (popcorn, cotton candy, ICEEs), Hawaiian Shave Ice and Catalano Lemonade.

Cupcakes
Cupcakes (photo c/o The Cupcake-A-Rhee)
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“MKE Food Truck Festival is a fun opportunity for us to showcase diverse food trucks throughout the region,” noted Don Smiley, President and CEO of Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. “We are excited to add this new festival to Henry Maier Festival Park.”

Early birds get the best deals

VIP tickets – which include one free beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) plus early entry at 11 a.m. for $5 – are sold out, but general admission tickets are still currently available to purchase online for just $5. In addition, all tickets purchased prior to June 17 will include a free food sample, valued at $5, from any food truck vendor.

Due to limited capacity, MKE Food Truck Fest tickets will be sold with staggered arrival times, but presence at the event is not limited to the one-hour admission window.

Pro tip: Skip the traffic and hassles of parking by riding a Bublr bike right to the fest. There are four convenient drop-off bike stations within easy walking distance of the fest.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit onmilwaukee.com/mkefoodtruckfest.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.