Food trucks, once the least glamorous form of dining in America, have become the hottest culinary innovation since commercially sliced bread (which was first sold to the public in Chillicothe, Missouri on July 7, 1928, by the way). So the opportunity to purchase a meal from a mobile-truck window has gone from fast food to fantastic food.
That's the general perception, anyway, and next weekend -- July 8 and 9 -- foodies and fun lovers alike will gather at the Back Yard at the Beaumont (4050 Pennsylvania in Westport) for the first annual Westport Food Truck Festival, presented by The Pitch and Boulevard Brewing Company. At least 15 popular, local food trucks -- including Good You, Magical Meatball Tour, CoffeeCakeKC, Los Tules and many others -- are set to sell an array of dishes while an eclectic artisan bazaar, the Westport Marketplace, features vendors selling original clothing designs, jewelry, vintage treasures, collectible recordings and much, much more.
The two-day festival will officially introduce the Westport Marketplace as a gathering spot, through early autumn, for shopping and dining. The artisan market recurs the third Saturday of each month from August until October.
The food trucks to be featured at next week's Food Truck Festival: 3 Girls Cupcakes, CoffeCakeKc, Curbside Cuisine, Franks/Fresh Squeezed, Gary on the Go, Good You, Grub Tub, Guerilla Gourmet, Holy Crepe, Indios Carbonsitos, Jerusalem Cafe, Mad Jack's on Wheels, Los Tules, Magical Meatball Tour and Pocos on the Boulevard.
The festival hours will be Friday, July 8, from 5 p.m. to midnight, and Saturday, July 9, from 3 p.m. to midnight. Daily entry for each day will be $5; a two-day pass goes for $10. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com or charged by phone at 800-745-3000.