By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jul 21, 2023 at 10:00 AM

Festival City is hopping this summer! OnMilwaukee's Festival Guide is brought to you by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Escape the heat and step inside! 

There are only 9 more sleeps until OnMilwaukee Food Truck Fest, a food-filled event that you simply won’t want to miss.

In fact, we can’t think of a better place to be on Saturday, July 22 than Henry Maier Festival Park, 200 N. Harbor Dr., at least between the hours of noon to 8 p.m. (with early entry for VIP ticket-holders). And yes, you should totally bring the kids. Children under 10 years of age can attend for free.

After all, where else will you find over 20 food trucks serving their very best dishes?  Where else can you soak up the sunshine and take in the views of Lake Michigan while holding a delicious RollMKE brisket grilled cheese in one hand and a Pete's Pop in the other? Hint: Only at MKE Food Truck Fest.

Pete's PopX

AND... you may not have thought of this, but it's also a great spot to enjoy lunch while taking in the “air” portion of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show, which will be taking place on the lakefront from noon to 4 p.m.  Even better, attend the show and then head to Food Truck Fest for dinner. 

Not yet convinced? Just check out the line-up of amazing must-try fare from 20+ local food trucks and mobile vendors.

Comfort food

Clean Cruisine
Serving: Healthful comfort food; gluten-free and keto-friendly
Try the: Crispy, creamy avocado fries

Double B's BBQ
Serving: Smoked meats & sides
Try the: Smoked chicken wings

Smoked chicken wings
Double B's smoked chicken wings

Hot Box Pizza
Serving: Wood-fired pizza
Try the: Classic pepperoni pizza

Tots on the Street
Serving: Stuffed tater tots
Try the: Sour cream & onion tots 

Twisted Plants 
Serving: Plant-based burgers, sandwiches, sides
Try the: Cauliflower bites (hot, BBQ, lemon pepper or sweet chili)

Twisted Plants cauliflower bites
Twisted Plants cauliflower bites (Photo: Twisted Plants)

Roll MKE 
Serving: Burgers, sandwiches, loaded fries
Try the: Best-selling brisket grilled cheese

Global flavors

Anytime Arepa
Serving: Venezuelan arepas, snacks
Try the: Pork arepa with black beans and spicy sauce

Pork and brisket arepas, various fillings
Pork and brisket arepas, various fillings

The Lumpia Lady
Serving: Filipino fare (lumpia, pancit, various meats)
Try the: lechon kewali (crispy Filipino style pork belly)

JMakin Jamaican 
Serving: Jamaican fare (jerk chicken, oxtail, plantains, rice and peas)
Try the: Jerk chicken 

Nadi Plates 
Serving: Italian fare (personal pizzas, calzones)
Try the: Calzones

Nadi Plates pepperoni calzone
Nadi Plates pepperoni calzone (Photo: Nadi Plates)

Pico’s Tacos 
Serving: Mexican fare (Jalisco-style tacos, quesadillas, mulitas, California burritos)
Try the: Quesabirria tacos

Piña Mexican Eats 
Serving: Mexican fare (tacos, enchiladas, chimichangas, nachos)
Try the: Taco dorados (fried taco garnished with lettuce, tomato and queso fresco)

Taco Barrio 
Serving: Mexican fare (tacos, burritos, pambazos, tortas)
Try the: "Flamin' Burro" (burrito made with your choice of meat plus fries and hot Cheetos).

Pico's quesobirria tacos
Pico's quesobirria tacos (Photo: Pico's Tacos)


Serving: Soft pretzels, stuffed pretzels, frozen lemonade

Serving: Lemonade, fresh produce, corn

Serving: Popcorn, flavored popcorn, kettle corn

Say Cheese Curd Company
Serving: Deep-fried Wisconsin cheese curds, fresh lemonade

Cheese curds
Say Cheese cheese curds (Photo: Say Cheese)

Beverages & Sweets

Isa's Artesian Ice Cream
Serving: Nieve de garrafa (Mexican sorbet) in flavors like vanilla, chocolate, lime, pineapple, mango con chile and more 

Isa's pina colada
Isa's pina colada (Photo: Isa's Artesian Ice Cream)

Kona Ice
Serving: Shaved ice in flavors from “Groovy Grape” and “Watermelon Wave” to “Tiger’s Blood” and “Island Rush”

Hawaiian Shave Ice
Serving: Shaved ice in over 10 flavors including pink lemonade, strawberry daiquiri, peach, blue raspberry and kiwi

My Funnel
Serving: Funnel cake, funnel cake sundaes, ice cream, deep fried Oreos

My Funnel
My Funnel "Caramel Crunch" (Photo: My Funnel)

Pete's Pops
Serving: Frozen pops in flavors like strawberry lemonade, Georgia peach, cucumber lime, salted watermelon and more!

Just remember, you can't eat all the good stuff if you don't have tickets! Get yours now.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

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.