Originally published on Knik.co

The Spenard Food Truck Carnival is in full swing as the days get longer and the temperature rises. Beginning in mid-March and running through to September, the food truck rendezvous serves Anchorage a myriad foods, ranging from reindeer sausage to cupcakes. The food truck gathering hosts up to ten food trucks a week.

The food trucks, situated in a circle, envelop a large sitting area for patrons to enjoy their meals. Entertainment is provided by the AK Fire Circus with fire dancing and tricks to awe the audience.

The carnival is situated “under the windmill” in the old Chilkoot Charlie’s parking lot on Spenard Road. A weekly event, the food truck carnival sits in the same spot as the Spenard Farmer’s Market.

The carnival is following the food truck phenomenon first popularized in large American cities like New York and Los Angeles. Many food trucks stick to a niche in which they specialize in. In today’s age food trucks go beyond the hot dog or the ice cream truck, with food trucks at the carnival selling specialties like gourmet baked goods, reindeer sausage, fish tacos, and other specialty items.

The carnival is family friendly and is sure to attract even the pickiest of eaters, with a multitude of options for what to eat.

What was once a tricky quest to find where and when local food trucks would be open is now made simple with food truck hubs. Offering hungry customers a reliable time and place to scour a smorgasbord of Anchorage food trucks, the hubs help both eater and entrepreneur.

Other food truck rallies have been introduced in the Anchorage area. Off Fireweed Lane, “Fireweed Take In” provides food truck convergence and a warm venue to eat in during cold winter days. The event is held in winter months, Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m until 3 p.m.

Making its debut this summer K Street Eats, which will appear downtown on Eighth Avenue and K Street and feature up to 15 local food trucks in the downtown area from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. K Street Eats will be downtown Anchorage’s first food truck hub.

Anchorage is booming with an intense local food scene and food trucks are a cheap, tasty, and excellent way to get outside and try a bite of what Anchorage has to offer.

Social media is the best way to keep track of when, where, and what will be available at the food truck rallies. Check their respective Facebook pages to get the most up-to-date information on any food truck hub or individual food truck.

The perfect place to spend your lunch on a warm summer day, the Spenard Food Truck Carnival is open on Thursdays from 11:00am until 2:00pm, until September when the carnival shuts down for winter.

 

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