National Food Truck Day


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.

National Food Truck Day, also known as National Eat at a Food Truck Day, is observed next on Friday, June 26th, 2020. It was observed annually on October 11th from 2015 until 2017. It has been observed the last Friday in June since 2018.

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.

Occurrence Patterns

ObservedFirst YearLast Year
annually on October 11th20152017
the last Friday in June2018-



Alternate Names

  • National Eat at a Food Truck Day


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