When the Street Eats Food Truck Festival opened in 2012, about 25 popular Phoenix local food truck chefs participated in that inaugural event. In 2020 we'll have 55+ kitchens-on-wheels offering sample-sized and full-sized portions of their most popular menu items.
Street truck food has been featured on the Food Network and the culture continues to evolve. It isn't just hot dogs and chips anymore! Food trucks are now providing high-quality cuisine "while maintaining the edgy nostalgia of traditional street food."
Come to Scottsdale, land of many renowned chefs creating culinary masterpieces in traditional restaurants and see what gastronomical delights await you at Street Eats.
Things To Know About Street Eats
- Free parking means that you won't experience the serious delays getting into the parking lot.
- For handicap parking, it's best to access Salt River Fields from the Via de Ventura side of the stadium.
- At the inaugural festival a few years ago, there were some unhappy attendees because of the long lines. Now that the event spans two days and has more trucks participating, I couldn't find any wait times longer than about half an hour.
- Remember that many food trucks make your food to order, they do not keep a large inventory of pre-made food in the truck. That means that you might have to wait for your food to be prepared and delivered to you. That's part of the food truck experience.
- Don't expect a bargain. Most sandwiches were rather small, and I didn't see substantial foods for less than $4 or so. Any $2 samples I saw were tastes.
- Children' activities are not free.
- This event does not take place inside the stadium. It is outdoors, in an unpaved, but mostly flat, area.
- Upon entering, you'll be given a list of all the food trucks as well as the schedule of events. My advice is to walk around first and see what the food trucks are offering and what people are eating. I saw some great looking Philly steak sandwiches, biscuits and sausage gravy and lobster egg rolls! I like to try the more unusual truck food, and not the same stuff that you can get at any ballgame like pizza, Asian noodles, or pretzels -- but you'll find that, too, if you are not an adventurous eater.
- Cooking demos are included in your price of admission. Popular local chefs make presentations throughout most of the day, and special appearances by nationally recognized chefs are included.
- Get there early and bring cash for speedy service!
Date, Schedule, Location, Price
Here are the details you'll need to know to attend the 2020 Street Eats Food Truck Festival in Scottsdale, Arizona.
When Is Street Eats?
Saturday, February 8, 2020
Sunday, February 9, 2020
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
Where Is it?
The food truck festival is held at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. It is actually a baseball stadium and during March each year, it is the Spring Training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. It is located right near the Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road. Here is a map with directions to Street Eats at Salt River Fields.
How Much Does It Cost?
2020 ticket prices for adults are $12 if you buy online, or $15 at the gate. Children are admitted free. Parking is included in your ticket price but food is purchased separately. In addition to full-sized portions, every truck will have a $2 Samples Menu.
You can pay at the gate, or buy your tickets in advance online (extra charges will be applied). For $75 you can purchase a VIP ticket, which includes event entry, four food tokens, five beverages, private restrooms and VIP Lounge.
What Else Happens?
There will be musical entertainment on multiple stages as well as roaming entertainment.
Each day there will be presentations by local professional chefs at the Sub-Zero Wolf Cooking Demonstration Stage.
UnCommon Markets' monthly market will be held at the same time, same place with a farmers market, art stuff and upcycled items.
There is a Kids' Zone at the event. There are extra charges for activities there.
Are There Food Eating Contests?
Yes, on both days! Participants will be selected in the order in which they sign up on the day of the festival, so get to the contest stage early.
Scheduled contests: pie eating, hot dog eating, bobbing for apples, spoon feeding, dirty doughnut eating. To participate, get to the festival early and sign up at the Contest Check-In Booth.
Are There Discounts?
Not that I know of.
What If I have More Questions?
Visit Street Eats online or call the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Events Dept. at (480) 270-5000.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.