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This Nationally Touring Food Truck Festival Will Be Kicking Off Its Season In West Palm Beach

A nationally touring food truck festival is coming to West Palm Beach.

Food Truck Festivals of America, which calls itself the largest touring food truck and craft beer festival in the country, will kick off its 2017 season with a stop at Palm Beach Outlets on Feb. 25. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine.

For $5, guests can attend this food truck festival with dozens of gourmet trucks, along with a Draftzilla truck with 80 taps of craft beer, local entertainment, games and face painting for the kids. Children and military personnel are free. Tickets jump to $10 on the day of the event.

Each truck will serve one small item ($4 to $5), medium-sized dish ($6 to $8), and large item ($9) so guests have the chance to try as much food as possible.

"It's a grazing opportunity," festival producer Anne-Marie Aigner said. "You don't find this level of creative menus and variety all in one place."

Guests can also purchase VIP tickets ($20) to gain admission at 11 a.m.—an hour before lines start building up once the general admission crowd rolls in at noon. This option comes with unlimited water and one free dessert. 

A Boston native, Aigner founded the food truck festival because she wanted to bring the trendy trucks to New England areas lacking a strong food truck culture. It has since expanded to include new destinations around the country, particularly warm-weather locations during the winter. This is its first time stopping in South Florida. 

"You obviously can't do much in 6 feet of snow," she said. "We wanted a year's worth of festivals."

This year's schedule also includes stops in 15 other cities, such as Albuquerque, New Mexico; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Syracuse, New York.

Aigner said she's seen a notable amount of interest in the festival from the South Florida community already—an area where a lot of food truck activity already exists, as opposed to some of the other cities she visits.

"We'd like it to be an annual event, to be honest with you," she said.

The list of participating food trucks and breweries should be released in the coming week, according to Aigner. Roughly 4,000 to 6,000 attendees are expected—but, of course, that depends on the weather forecast.

Food Truck Festivals of America has partnered with the Unicorn Children's Foundation, which works to help children and young adults with developmental disorders, and guests can make contributions to the nonprofit when they purchase their tickets online.

UPDATE (Feb. 22): See the full list of participating food trucks below:

  • Amy's Little Chunks of Love – Healthy Desserts
  • Austin’s Franks, LLC. – Hotdogs
  • Bea's Heavenly Wings – Southern Cuisine
  • E & J Texas BBQ
  • Eats & Sweets Catering - Creperie and Funnel Cake Factory
  • Gastro Geeks – Bite Sized Treats
  • Grill On – Wraps, Sandwiches & Salads
  • Hurricane Alley's Chowder Truck n’ Snack Shack – Seafood
  • Ipeks Wykked Kitchen – Turkish Cuisine
  • Jimmy Snow Cones
  • Main Stop Grill – Fresh Miami Cuisine
  • Meatheads BBQ
  • Melted Madness – Grilled Cheese
  • Munchie's Snack Shack – Burgers & Hotdogs
  • Out of Many Cafe LLC – Caribbean Cuisine
  • Planet Goodstuff – Frozen Drinks, Iced Coffee & Ice Cream Floats
  • Smokin' Pete's BBQ
  • Tacos Veracruz – Mexican Cuisine
  • The Philly Grill on Wheels – Philly Cheesesteaks
  • The Waffle Wagon – Sweet & Savory Waffles
  • Troy's BarBeQue
  • Unto These Grills – Native American “Cherokee” Cuisine
  • Inspir-Asian – Chinese Cuisine
  • Mobile Culinary Kitchen – Latin Fusion
  • Aitola Mia Famiglia – Italian Cuisine
Courtesy Food Truck Festivals of America

Correction: This story previously identified the VIP package as including unlimited alcoholic beverages. However, it includes unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, namely water.