World’s Largest Food Truck Rally in Indianapolis this weekend

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Food trucks have been part of downtown Indianapolis’ food scene for more than a decade. Now they’re taking their delicious offerings to residential areas.

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Miss food festivals?

You might want to head out to Waterman’s Family Farm, 710 E. Raymond St., this weekend.

That’s where dozens of food trucks will be parking Saturday and Sunday as part of what’s billed as The World’s Largest Food Truck Rally.

It’s Indianapolis’ first time hosting the 11-year-old event, produced by Generation Entertainment Florida.

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A 2018 event in Malaysia drawing 158 vehicles, is actually listed on the Guinness World Records website as the largest food truck rally, but the Generation Entertainment event holds the record for the largest parade of food trucks, with 121 vehicles in Tampa 2014, preceding a rally that had 208 trucks.

Normally, the event attracts more than 100 trucks. Normally.

The coronavirus pandemic reduced the number of participants this year. And Generation co-owner Jeremy Gomez said many food trucks had issues getting the permits needed to vend until this week.

Jerk chicken nachos from Taste of the Caribbean food truck is among the offerings at the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally Sept. 26-27 at Waterman’s Family Farm. (Photo: Taste of the Caribbean)

Food vendors not already licensed in the county need to have temporary food permit registration submitted to the county at least 48 hours in advance of an event.

After a deadline passed this week, the county health department waived the 48-hour requirement and moved to arrange for in-person registration Friday and called upon additional food safety workers from the Indiana State Department of Health to assist in performing food safety inspections during the event, a Marion County Public Health Department spokesperson said.

If you’re headed out, here’s what to expect. The event takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 26-27. Admission and parking are free.

Eats

Choose from 30 to 40 food trucks.

Look for:

  • Perch and whitefish fillets baskets from Hawk’s Famous Fish of Fort Wayne
  • Mini alcohol-infused bundt cakes from Boozee Cakes of Indianapolis
  • Tacos, including a vegetarian option, from Tacos El Caballo out of Detroit
  • Lobster mac and cheese, jerk chicken nachos, grilled eggplant and coconut shrimp platters from Fishers’ Taste of the Caribbean
  • Caprese salad, pumpkin dessert rolls and sandwich rolls stuffed with chicken fettuccine, steak or pulled pork mac and cheese from On the Roll Food Truck out of Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Kielbasa and deep-fried potato and cheddar stuffed pierogi from local favorite Pierogi Love Indy.

Shopping

Pick up some gifts from non-food vendors onsite.

Indiana-themed T-shirts and caps will be available from Born & Raised Indiana Apparel. Moore Naturals & Crafts out of Michigan City will offer up crafts, shampoo and scrubs.

Drinks

Porkopolis BBQ is operating a beer garden for the weekend.

Watch

Generation Championship Wrestling, owned by Gomez, will kick off at 3 p.m. Bring your own chair.

Sanitation

Porta potties and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the property.

Contact IndyStar reporter Cheryl V. Jackson at [email protected] or 317-444-6264. Follow her on Twitter: @cherylvjackson.

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