After a brief hiatus in 2018, the Atlantic City Food Truck Festival is back this year for the third time, offering foodies a good excuse to munch their way through the weekend. From noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 9, a gathering of some of the top food trucks in the region will head to Brighton Park, just off the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. The event which draws over 15,000 people each year will feature a cooking demonstration, a beer, wine and spirits garden, game area, face painters, live music and more. Craft cocktails will be available at the Tito’s Handmade Vodka pop-up bar as well as several other satellite bars. Kids can enjoy the grassy lawn area and a touch tank courtesy of the Atlantic City Aquarium. The festival will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City.
Nearly 20 trucks will be on hand, with everything from burgers to French fries, Italian rice balls, sandwiches, sushi, pulled pork, cupcakes, empanadas and more. Below are five trucks we can’t wait to try.
Philly Fry: Philly Fry keeps things simple by sticking to one item — fries. But it’s what they put on those fries that really makes them pop. We’re talking founding father flavor combos like Liberty Bell loaded potato and Ben Franklin buffalo bleu. And that’s just for starters. PhillyFry.com.
The Cow and the Curd: If you haven’t tried deep-fried cheese curds you are seriously missing out. A staple in Wisconsin, these simple snacks are addictive in the best way. Crispy breading on the outside and a gooey mess of melted cheese inside. A perfect, bite-sized hand food — built for a festival such as this. TheCowAndTheCurd.com.
Nick’s Roast Beef: A longtime favorite out of Northeast Philly, Nick’s Roast Beef will bring their signature roast beef sandwiches to the A.C Food Truck Fest this year. Split one with a friend as you graze the trucks all day. NicksNortheast.com
Mannino’s Cannoli Express: Is there a more beloved Italian pastry than the cannoli? Clearly there is not. And in South Jersey there is no bigger name in the mobile cannoli game than Mannino’s Cannoli Express. Based out of Hammonton, this truck o’ treats imports their cannoli shells directly from Sicily and stuffs them to capacity. Resisting is a near impossibility. GotCannoliNJ.com
Pete’s Italian Ice: The beauty of Italian ice is that no matter how much food you have already eaten, there always seems to be room for at least a little bit of it. This comes in particularly handy at an event like the A.C. Food Truck Fest where folks will be stuffing themselves to capacity all day long. And Pete’s always offers up a variety of flavors like apple, blueberry, cherry and more, to keep everybody happy and refreshed on a hot summer day. PetesItalianIce.com
Truck on over to Hammonton too
Looking for a warm up event before the A.C. Food Truck Fest? White Horse Winery in Hammonton has you covered. From 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, Food Truck Friday comes to White Horse. A single truck known as the Beach Shack Food Cart will provide everything from lobster rolls to tacos for your noshing pleasure. And just to set the mood, live music will be provided by Sara James from 6-9 p.m. White Horse Winery is located at 106 Hall St. in Hammonton. Go to WhiteHorseWinery.com.