TASTE OF TRUCKTOBER 2016

Food Truck Fest Set for Chesterfield Amphitheater – Taste of Trucktober

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaruant.News) – Fall is a festive season in the St. Louis area, and what better way to kick off October than with a celebration of food on wheels. The Taste of Trucktober gets things started Saturday, October 1st. The foodie fest runs from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veterans Place Drive in Chesterfield—just before the start of Backstoppalooza, the annual fundraiser concert for Backstoppers.

Taste of Trucktober is a family friendly event that includes more than a dozen of the most popular gourmet food trucks in the St. Louis area.  There’s also music, a kids’ zone, games and even a big screen TV for football fans.

Some of the participating food trucks have brick-and-mortar restaurants too, like the Global Quesadilla Co. at 189 Lamp & Lantern Village in Town & Country, (636) 256-7600.  They’ll be serving their famous quesadillas and nachos from the Mobile Global truck.

The original Pi on the Spot pizza truck will be there serving up deep dish and thin crust pizzas, their signature salad and Pi sticks.  They’re up to five locations in the St. Louis area, including 14870 Clayton Road in Chesterfield, (636) 527-5070.

One of two Taco Truck STL trucks will be there offering made to order tacos, fresh salsa and sides.  With two trucks around town and a south city bar & grill at 2737 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, (314) 224-5524, they say, “Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy tacos and that’s basically the same thing right?”

Sarah’s Cake Stop has been rolling since 2010, so it’s not hard to believe their claim to be “St. Louis’ original cupcake on wheels.”  They offer a rotating menu of more than 150 cupcake varieties, along with cookies, brownies, gooey butter cake, and cheesecake bombs (chocolate-smothered cheesecake balls on a stick) from their pretty pink food truck.  They also bake custom cakes, including wedding cakes through their shops in Chesterfield (10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield, (636)-728-1140) and Eureka (127 S. Central Ave., Eureka, (636) 938-4800).

Not exactly a restaurant, the Straub’s Food Truck, is a much-loved participant in any foodie event.  It features their Smokehouse BBQ and other favorites from the local grocer’s deli counter. Straub’s has four locations: Webster Groves, Clayton, the Central West End, and Town and Country.  (866) 725-2121.

Trucktober will give festival goers a chance to sample some gourmet offerings you can generally only get from a food truck.  Local favorites, like Steak Louie will be on hand and serving up East Coast style subs and fries with a decidedly St. Louis twist.  Chef Paul Listenburger uses locally sourced beef and chicken. (314) 305-5005.

Wentzville-based Q-Licious BBQ specializes in slow smoked pulled pork which they pile on their Cowboy Nachos and Smokehouse Sandwiches. Taste of Trucktober is their last event of the season, but they offer event catering year round.  (636) 542-8053.

The Slice of the Hill truck offers Tuscan-style pizza made from locally sourced ingredients and served “on the streets of St. Louis.” (314) 724-2178.

Doughboy’s Wood Fired Pizza truck may be the only food truck with a real wood fired oven onboard. Hint: If you miss them at Taste of Trucktober, you can catch them later in the evening at the Collinsville Food Truck Festival at Woodland Park from 6-10 p.m. (314) 629-6580.

Wayno’s Mobile International Cuisine makes it a point to offer a taste of every corner of the globe: From Jamaican Pineapple Chicken Tacos to Falafels and European Fried Macaroni & Cheese bites, their goal is take diners outside of their culinary comfort zones. (314) 643-7939.

The Southerner-STL will be serving BBQ and comfort soul food, like chicken & waffles on a stick.  Their well-loved line up of specialty sauces includes KC BBQ, ‘Bama White, Mustard Mayhem, Sweet Heat & Sweet Caroline.  (314) 814-2287

Scoops & More is Italian or “water” ice that’s made with locally sourced fresh fruit and natural extracts.  It’s creamy, but dairy-free. (314) 443-1295 or (618) 530-7808.

Other food trucks you can expect to see include the Kona Shaved Ice Truck, featuring sweet Hawaiian shaved ice treats; the Wing Nut truck, with it’s fried chicken wings with huge sauce selection; the Cheese Shack food truck, the gourmet grilled cheese specialists; Cruzin’ Fussion Taqueria; Taste Budz Express; and the Frosty Treats van with it’s frozen pops and ice cream treats.

More information about Taste of Trucktober 2016, including a list of sponsors, can be found online at http://www.trucktoberstl.com/.

Chesterfield Amphitheater
631 Veterans Place Dr.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 812-9500

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