Anoka Food Truck Festival

Bibuta: Sushi Burritos & Poke Bowls is among the new food trucks at this year’s Anoka Food Truck Festival, which takes place Saturday, July 20. (Photo submitted)

Downtown Anoka will become a culinary mecca when the third annual Anoka Food Truck Festival rolls into town Saturday, July 20 from noon to 10 p.m.

The festival, taking place on Jackson Street, is free and open to the public and has grown to feature 50 food trucks, with a wide variety of cuisines ranging from sushi and poke bowls, green papaya salad and wood-fired pizzas to New Zealand-style meat pies, gourmet mini-doughnuts and Belgian Liege-style waffles.

There are 18 new trucks in the festival this year, with numerous vegetarian and vegan options available.

In addition to food, there will be craft beers, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, games for all ages, live music and several non-food trucks such as fashion trucks with apparel and accessories; a men’s grooming salon in a classic Airstream; a photo booth truck with classic photo strips; a vintage vinyl truck; and a mobile escape room in an enclosed trailer with a game that plays up to four people in 15-minute, 30-minute or 45-minute games.

Dr. Chuck Ells, 45TV mascot and head of the 45TV Institute of Laughter, will be at the event to entertain guests and serve as the “unofficial judge” of the food and food trucks. The festival is also pet-friendly.

Each Minnesota Food Truck Festival is a benefit for Feed My Starving Children. The 2018 Food Truck Festivals raised 100,000 meals, and this year organizers hope to raise even more.

“We’re looking forward to returning to beautiful downtown Anoka,” said festival co-organizer Jess Jenkins. “This year we have even more trucks, offering a range of cuisines to delight people of all ages. It’s a great way to celebrate summer in Minnesota, so pack the family, sunscreen and picnic blankets and come on out.”

The entertainment lineup includes:

• Dang Ol’ Triole, noon to 2 p.m.

• Hitchville, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

• Dirt Road Dixie, 6-10 p.m.

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