National Food Truck Day
Also known as
National Eat at a Food Truck Day
annually on October 11th (2015 to 2017)
the last Friday in June (since 2018)
DJ Rick McNeely in 2014
National Food Truck Day was created to celebrate food trucks, and was started by DJ Rick McNeely of the Fishbowl Radio Network in Arlington, Texas. Food trucks vary in the type of foods they prepare and sell, from ice cream to frozen or prepackaged food, to meals prepared from scratch. A precursor of the food truck can be seen as being the chuckwagon, which was a retrofitted wagon stocked with kitchen and food supplies that gave cowhands sustenance when they were on the trail in the late 1800's. In 1872, Walter Scott, a food vendor, came up with the lunch wagon—he cut windows in a small covered wagon and sold sandwiches, pies, and coffee to workers outside of a newspaper office in Providence, Rhode Island. In the 1880's Thomas H. Buckley was manufacturing different models of these and included in them appliances such as sinks, refrigerators, and stoves. Following this, food trucks started serving at factories, construction sites, and other locations with blue-collar workers. Food trucks have gained in popularity following the Great Recession, and they are now found in more places than just large cities. In recent years there has also been an explosion of popularity of gourmet and ethnic food trucks. Food truck rallies, where many trucks are gathered in one location, as well as food truck parks, where food trucks have permanent locations, have also been becoming more prevalent.
How to Observe
Celebrate to the day by getting something to eat from a food truck. Maybe you live in an area where you can eat at one of the best food trucks in America. You could also learn more about food trucks by watching television programs such as Eat St. and The Great Food Truck Race.