Food trucks deliver a fun way to indulge and imbibe in local offerings. 

©Jeremy Spilker

Food tourism has grown steadily in the last decade, and now entire vacations are planned around culinary pleasures. Sampling local foods and beverages is a great way to truly dive into a new destination, and while once that meant trying new restaurants, today it includes farmers markets; foodie tours; brewery, winery, and distillery events; and exploring the food truck scene. 

Food trucks are the ultimate small business, and when you buy from them, you support the local economy. Plus, they are a downright delicious way to try multiple options without restaurant hopping. Just sidle up to the next food truck and an entirely new cultural adventure awaits.  

Food Truck Friday ©Ken Lund CC-By2.0

These mobile eateries are easily spotted at festivals and pop-up gatherings statewide, but a few events make mobile dining the main attraction. One that has found a permanent home is Reno’s Food Truck Friday. 

This weekly event is held each summer in Idlewild Park near downtown. From June to August, more than 40 gourmet food, dessert, and beverage trucks gather to serve tasty treats and delectable drinks in a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring a chair or a blanket, grab a patch of grass, and chow down while you listen to local live music. The party happens from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. but thanks to the never-ending variety of food and the musical guest, it’s different every time you go. 

Hello Summer Celebration

The City of Sparks also hosts a summer-long tastefest at its Hello Summer Celebration series every fourth Thursday in June, July, August, and September. This free event is the perfect way to spend the summer evening with family and friends. Live music and ample dining options await along the shores of the Sparks Marina at this alcohol-free party. 


The Great American Foodie Fest
April, Craig Ranch Park, Las Vegas 

The Great American Foodie Fest doesn’t just use local chefs and food trucks; they also bring in chefs from across the country to amass more than 50 of the best food trucks anywhere. Along with all the offerings, there are celebrity chef demonstrations, carnival games, and rides at this annual event.

©First Friday Downtown Las Vegas
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