How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date

How to have an Orlando Food Truck Date

UPDATED July 2020

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

Downtown Orlando Food Trucks

Downtown Orlando recently expanded its food truck program to allow for more take-out options for Orlandoans. There are now four additional parking locations around downtown Orlando, upping the number of spots to a total of 11 on-street food truck parking locations at six Food Truck Parking Zones. New locations include north of Robinson Street, the playground at North Eola by Eola Park, Magnolia Loop by Skyhouse, Hill Avenue in Thornton Park, and West Church Street. Keep an eye on Downtown Orlando’s Facebook page for info on which trucks will be serving!

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. 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

The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar
Image credit: The Daily City Food Truck Bazaar

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

À La Cart

Located in the Milk District, À La Cart is open daily and offers a number of resident food vendors including PokeKai, Steak it Easy and newcomer Dulce Pecado. You’ll also find rotating vendors including SwedeDish Thursday-Saturday, and Jacked Up Tacos Sunday-Wednesday. Enjoy a selection of craft beer, wine, cider, and cold brew coffee along with your meal, and keep an eye on their calendar for frequent special events and beer dinner announcements.

Typical number of food trucks: 4 resident trucks, as well as rotating vendors weekly.
Frequency: Daily
Where to park: There is parking in a lot at À La Cart. Additionally, you can park at Einstein’s Bagels after 4:00 pm.

Orlando food truck
Image credit: Á La Cart Orlando

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta

Taking over downtown Sanford on the 3rd Saturday of the month, this family and pet friendly event takes place between West End Trading Co. and Celery City Craft. Grab a drink from one of the nearby bars to enjoy with your food while listening to live music. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updated food truck list.

Typical number of food trucks: 12+
Frequency: 3rd Saturday of each month
Where to park: Free parking is available close to the event. 

Orlando food truck
Image credit: Sanford Food Truck Fiesta

First Friday Food Truck & Music on Montrose Event

Downtown Clermont comes alive every first Friday with at least 15 food trucks, numerous vendors, and drinks available at nearby shops and breweries. You’ll also find activities such as a rock climbing wall and a bounce house, so bring the kiddos! The event is held in conjunction with the Music on Montrose free concert series, which features local talent every month. For updates on trucks and the day’s live entertainment, check their Facebook page. 

Typical number of food trucks: 15+
Frequency: First Friday of the month 5:30-9pm
Where to park: Free parking is available close to the event. 

Boxi Park Lake Nona

Though not food trucks, Lake Nona’s Boxi Park has brought a new way to enjoy a number of food vendors in one spot. They have built a small outdoor food hall using repurposed shipping containers, featuring permanent vendors including Cañonita Street Tacqueria and Before it Melts. Full vendor list and menus can be found here. The lively atmosphere is completed with live music regularly, and adult-beverages available at Barnona, Hops & Vine, and La Cajita. 

Typical number of food containers: 5
Frequency: Thursday & Friday starting at 4pm, weekends starting at 11am
Where to park: Free parking is available close to the event.

Image credit: Boxi Park Lake Nona

MetroWest Food Truck Connection

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. 

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.

Image credit: Apopka Food Truck Round Up

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: City Garage near Oak or BB&T lot off of Florida

Image credit: Downtown Lakeland Food Truck Rally

More Food Truck Events

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

Feature image credit: City of Ocoee

 

Florida food and travel photographer and writer Stephanie Patterson

About the Author
Stephanie Patterson is the managing editor of Orlando Date Night Guide. She’s a talented professional food and travel photographer and writer with a passion for creativity, the beach and great eats. When she’s not taking photos or writing, you can find her exploring the state for her Florida travel blog, Travel Taste Click. Find her online at www.spattersonphotography.com and www.traveltasteclick.com.


3 Responses to “How to Have an Orlando Food Truck Date”

  1. Nancy O Rossi-Capers

    Want info for private party –probably four different parties – November, December, not sure other months…

    • Stephanie Patterson

      Hi Nancy– You’ll need to contact the food truck or trucks you’re interested directly in order to book a private party. Thanks!

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