Friday, May 15, 2015

Food Truck Friday in Mendota Heights

Raise your hand if you like food!
Ok, raise your hand if you like food trucks!
Now, raise your hand if you like a different food truck to come to your work in Mendota Heights every Friday!

Who doesn’t love that?  Well, if you don’t, then stop reading!

Food trucks are rolling into Mendota Heights this summer for Food Truck Friday! This is the 3rd year in a row this event has been happening, in one way or another.

Check out the details!

2015 Event Information
One truck every Friday starting
June 5th and run through September 26th
from 11am – 2pm
The truck will park on Enterprise Drive on the corner of Northland Drive in Mendota Heights

Over 70 trucks have been invited to participate, most who are listed on the Minnesota Food Truck Association website. The schedule should be released soon so be sure to visit the Facebook page to keep up to date! Facebook Page 

You will likely see the following trucks at this year’s event:


If there is a truck you would like to see, reach out and tell them about the Food Truck Friday event!

This event started in 20013 when Melissa Goers (yes, yours truly; I am writing in the 1st person) reached out to her friend, who owned a food truck, to come to her work and set up shop for her co-workers one Friday each month. She invited the other businesses in her building, and soon others from surrounding offices started showing up.

The following year, in 2014, the event grew because the event was such a huge hit! Each Friday there was a new truck that rolled in over the summer; 12 different trucks including:
Tot Boss
Tiki Tim's
Sizzling Wagon
A La Plancha
Gogi Bros
Café Racer
Twin City Fritter & Philly
Motley Crews
AZ Canteen
Home Street
Rusty Taco
R.A. MacSammy’s

A Facebook page was created to help promote the event and went from zero to 60 immediately!  There were over 300 likes in the first month! She stays active on Facebook throughout the season, posting about each truck which helps to provide hype. Melissa heard from people who were travelling from Hudson, Minneapolis and Lakeville each Friday for the event.

This event was not without its challenges. During the 2nd year, Melissa found out that the city of Mendota Heights did not allow food trucks to be parked on the streets, as part of the transient merchant’s code. She worked with Justin Miller, the city administrator, and was granted a temporary permit for the summer event.

She helped to change the law in Mendota Heights!
In 2015, the city changed the code because of Melissa’s efforts! Registration is required and there are operation requirements, but they are allowed!  (See Title 3 Chapter 3 Section 6: Mobile Food Trucks in the Mendota Heights City Code)

So, if you work at Paychex, Sun Country, Wuxi AppTec, Lloyd’s BBQ, Digital DataVoice, Manna Freight Systems, Northwestern Mutual, State Farm, R J Ryan Construction, or any other business around the Mendota Heights or Eagan area, make sure you stop by some Friday and check out this event!


Visit the blog that was written up for Twin City Fritter & Philly: Food Truck Photography | TwinTown Philly

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