Dining Lot: Nashville's First Annual Street Food Festival

Nashville’s First Annual Street Food Festival Gathers More than 35 Local Food Trucks

Dining Lot: Nashville's First Annual Street Food FestivalThe food truck movement has been rolling into Nashville for the past couple years, and Wanderland’s “Dining Lot” event at Centennial Park today is bringing the whole fleet to one place.

While most Nashvillians could spout off the name of one or two of their favorite food trucks — Mas Tacos Por Favor or the Grilled Cheeserie, perhaps — most would be surprised to know just how many gourmet meals on wheels have been making their way to Music City of late.

Uniting the entire foodie fleet, Wanderland Urban Food Park is hosting Nashville’s First Annual Street Food Festival today at Centennial Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. With trucks, carts and wagons full of everything from specialty handmade marshmallows (The Bang Candy Co.) to Asian subs (Sum Yum Yum) and authentic country cooking (Just Like Nannie Fixed It), this event is shaping up to have something for every palate.

In addition to featuring some of the best mobile food available in Nashville, the Street Food Fest will also feature some live entertainment and free samples. Nashville Food Bloggers and several VIP judges will be dishing out Critics’ Choice Awards in the categories of Best Savory Dish, Best Sweet Dish and Best Drink. Plus, festivalgoers get the chance to take part in the People’s Choice Awards, receiving one ballott with each food item purchased.

Tickets for the event are available at the “door” for $7 general admission, and kids under the age of 6 get in for free. Though the price of admission doesn’t cover food, you can enjoy the free samples and entertainment even if you don’t purchase food. Wanderland’s website predicts that most food purchases from vendors will only cost between $2 and $10–one of the many perks of street food. You can even bring your pet to take part in the festivities, as long as you keep him on a leash and clean up after him.

Take some time today to celebrate the mobile food movement and enjoy some gourmet eats at the same time. A complete list of vendors is available here.