We celebrate National Food Truck Day on the last Friday in June — June 30 this year. It’s a special day to champion food trucks and encourage the hardworking men and women whose food businesses support the local economy. People celebrate the day by purchasing from their local food trucks, which offer a variety of tasty temptations from gourmet burgers to sushi, ice cream, assorted fries, and tacos.
History of National Food Truck Day
Food trucks are inspired by centuries-old food carts dating back to the 17th century. Vendors traded food from small carts or moveable mini kitchens, and the practice is still common today where they are found on street corners, in parks, and catering to hungry crowds at special events. Chuckwagons were the first types of food trucks. They sold edibles like beans, cured meat, coffee, and biscuits to ranchers and loggers in the southern part of the country.
In 1936, the Wienermobile became the first official modern food truck. These were vehicles shaped like a hot dog on a bun that traveled the country selling hot dogs at parades, schools, and hospitals. By the 1950s, ice cream vans were a familiar sight in many neighborhoods across the United States. The kids loved the cheerful tunes and frozen treats. Even adults would sometimes indulge in the pleasure. The year 2008 arrived with a great boom for the food truck business, with increased online popularity and customers never seen before, with the likes of Kogi BBQ and New York’s Rickshaw Dumpling Bar thriving.
In 2016, a holiday for food trucks kicked off, spearheaded by the organization Roaming Hunger. Its goal was to prompt people to frequent food trucks run by small local businesses. Initially called National Eat at a Food Truck Day, it was renamed National Food Truck Day in 2018. The date of the celebration also changed from October to June.
Food trucks have changed into reputable businesses serving innovative menus offering trendy cuisine that cater to budgets both big and small, often using locally sourced ingredients. National Food Truck Day is not a national holiday and has no constitutional backing, but an opportunity to support local businesses and enjoy a treat at the same time.
National Food Truck Day timeline
Described as a true example of Americana, the Wienermobile tours America, selling hot dogs.
Americans grow fond of ice cream trucks and their frozen treats.
National Eat at a Food Truck Day is born.
Food truck booking service, Roaming Hunger renames National Eat at a Food Truck Day and moves the celebration to June.
National Food Truck Day FAQs
How much can a food truck make in a month?
On average, a food truck can make $20,000 to $50,000 each month in a city. In smaller or mid-sized cities, about $5,000 to $16,000.
What kind of generators should be used for food trucks?
Food truck vendors recommend Onan or Generac generators as they are silent and high-watt generators.
How long does it take to get a license to operate a truck?
There is no fixed duration and it varies for each business.
National Food Truck Day Activities
Support a food truck
Frequent your favorite food truck business and treat yourself to a few of your favorite delights. You may even get a special holiday discount on your meal or drink.
Download the food truck tracking app
The Roaming Hunger app helps you find food trucks in your area and makes it easier to find the one you desire. You can also keep track of all the food trucks participating in the event.
Share your food online
Sharing pictures of your food truck food online shows support and is a great way to celebrate. Use the #NationalFoodTruckDay hashtag and remember to tag the truck.
5 Interesting Facts About Food Trucks
Charles Goodnight invented the chuckwagon in 1866 as a mobile kitchen.
There are good event caterers
Food trucks are popular for catering special events such as weddings, movie shoots, and corporate gatherings.
Millennials love food trucks
At least 47% of Millenials have eaten from a food truck at some point.
Food trucks get good ratings
In a survey, over 90% of diners rated food-truck food quality as excellent or good.
It costs $50,000 for a food truck
The average startup cost for starting your own food truck business is $50,000.
Why We Love National Food Truck Day
The great food and good prices
The many food trucks around our city make it possible for an interesting variety of food at really good prices. It is a rare opportunity for us to satisfy our various delicious cravings.
To support small business owners
National Food Truck Day supports local chefs and their food. We get to frequent their business and help promote them on our online pages.
It’s a chance to connect
The day brings people together. It is an occasion to meet new people and bond over meals.
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