How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date

How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date

Looking for a date night experience that’s the perfect marriage of food and fun? Orlando’s delicious food truck scene has it all. Weekly and monthly meet-ups throughout Central Florida make for an easy breezy evening, and you’ll never have to argue over which restaurant to visit again. Briefly part ways to grab fare from your individual favorite trucks, and then reconvene to enjoy your foodie finds together.

Whether you’re a seasoned food truck pro or embarking on your first food truck extravaganza, we’ve got some tips and information on how to plan the best Orlando food truck date night, and where to find food trucks throughout the city.

Tips for Success

  1. Arrive early. Food truck events can get busy, and lines can get long. While not a guarantee, arriving early can minimize your wait time. Plus, when you get there early, you’ll have a better chance at finding a prime parking spot.
  2. Scan the food truck list and menus ahead of time. If this is your first food truck rodeo, you’re going to need a game plan. Check Facebook event pages for details and create a plan of attack for what you’d like to eat.
  3. Plan extra time for parking. Some meet-ups present more parking challenges than others, so plan ahead and stay calm.
  4. Bring extra cash. Most food trucks accept credit cards, but having some cash on hand is always a good idea.
  5. BYOB (non-alcoholic, that is). Some food trucks have drinks for sale or are in close proximity to bars, but bring a water or soda just in case.

Where to Have a Food Truck Date

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar

Much of Orlando’s booming food truck scene can be credited to the passionate groundwork laid by Mark Baratelli, the brains behind The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar. This traveling food truck event, which began in 2011, visits different cities around Central Florida from week to week. Locations include Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Garden, Windermere, Clermont, Lake Nona, Casselberry, Lake Mary, and more. Check the calendar online, or follow along on Facebook to keep up with upcoming events.

Number of food trucks: Varies by location, but usually 10-15+
Frequency: Weekly
Where to park: Varies by location

Tasty Takeover in the Milk District

This weekly food truck meet-up takes place in Orlando’s hip Milk District behind a string of hole-in-the-wall bars and shops. You’re free to bring food into any of the bars, or bring your drink outside. Follow Tasty Takeover on Facebook for up to date news on events and participating food trucks from week to week. And pssst – if you can’t make it on Tuesdays, Tasty Takeover recently launched a monthly brunch takeover.

Typical number of food trucks: 10+
Frequency: Weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30-10pm
Where to park: Street parking is available on surrounding side streets, but it can be a real pain to find a spot. Arrive right when the event begins for parking ease.

Food Truck Date Night: Tasty Tuesdays in the Milk District

Food Truck Friday at Dr. Phillips Center

Turn your Friday into a mid-day food event during this weekly lunchtime food truck meet-up. There’s only a handful of participating trucks from week to week, allowing for easy decision-making. Soak up the scenic backdrop of the Dr. Phillips Center while you feast on your lunch.

Typical number of food trucks: 5
Frequency: Weekly on Fridays from 11am-1pm
Where to park: Your best bet is to park your car in a nearby garage, or ride the SunRail into town and walk from Church Street Station.

Image credit: Dr. Phillips Center

Ocoee Food Truck Friday & Movie in the Park

This monthly event in Bill Breeze Park features food trucks, a free family-friendly outdoor movie, DJ, and activities for kids. Do dinner and a movie for under $25! There are also free tours of the Withers-Maguire home, a historic home built in 1888. These tours are offered at every event from 6-8:30pm.

Typical number of food trucks: 5+
Frequency: Third Friday of each month from 6-9pm (movie starts at 8:30pm)
Where to park: Free parking is available close to the event.

City of Ocoee Food Truck Friday and Movie in the Park

Image credit: City of Ocoee

MetroWest Food Truck Takeover

This relatively new monthly food truck meet-up popped up in MetroWest just a few months ago. Gather with the community at Veranda Park each month for a celebration of food with more than 10 attending food trucks. If you miss the monthly event, food trucks are sometimes in attendance at the weekly farmer’s market in Veranda Park on Saturdays from 9am-2pm.

Typical number of food trucks: 10+
Frequency: Fourth Thursday of each month from 6-9pm
Where to park: Free parking is available nearby in a parking lot and grass/field lot. A detailed parking map is available online.

Apopka Food Truck Round Up

Head to Kit Land Nelson Park for this monthly event complete with live entertainment. If you’d like to burn off some calories before or after your feast, bring along your bike. The scenic West Orange Trail runs right past the park.

Typical number of food trucks: 10+
Frequency: First Thursday of each month from 5:30-9pm
Where to park: There are a limited number of spaces available across the street near the park.

Celebration Food Truck Friday

Taking place outside Town Hall in beautiful Celebration, FL, this event has date night written all over it. Stick around after getting your food truck fix for a romantic walk around the lake, or pull up a seat in a rocking chair at the water’s edge.

Typical number of food trucks: 10+
Frequency: Second Friday of each month from 5-9pm
Where to park: Free street parking is available throughout Celebration. Pay special attention to spots reserved in residential areas to avoid getting towed.

Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally

Brave I-4 and make the trek to downtown Lakeland for the monthly food truck rally. More than 20 food trucks park around quaint Munn Park. Grab a bite to eat then enjoy the park and wander around the historic downtown area. Lakeland Brewing is a great stop nearby.

Typical number of food trucks: 20+
Frequency: Second Thursday of each month from 6-9pm
Where to park: Free street parking is available throughout downtown Lakeland.

More Food Truck Events

You can also typically find food trucks at outdoor movie night events, local farmer’s markets, and special community events. Happy eating!

Feature image credit: City of Ocoee

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