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Fort Wayne Food Trucks Roll Into Summer

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Written by: Communicator StaffApril 21, 2018

Written By: Nicole Winans

With spring here and summer on its way, Fort Wayne food trucks are ready for the 2018 season.

Over 20 food trucks call Fort Wayne their home, serving up everything from New York style pizza to Cajun and Creole cuisine.

“Food trucks are a way to try foods in an environment like no other,” CaSandra Arthur, the president of Fort Wayne Food Truck, Inc. (FWFT) said. “It’s usually in a setting with many other trucks, so you can try different foods from different trucks.”

While some trucks operate year-round or do popup events inside venues, the winter months are often too cold for many trucks to operate.

Therefore, warmer weather brings a flood of food trucks into downtown Fort Wayne and surrounding areas.

“Look for trucks to start rolling now,” Arthur said. “Some have already started serving.”

Beginning in May, food trucks can be found at food rallies each week. These are hosted Tuesday nights at Northrop High School, Wednesday nights at Snider High School and Redeemer Church, and Thursdays at Ted’s Market.

One of the main food truck events, Lunch on the Square, will return to downtown Fort Wayne on June 7. The trucks gather every Thursday in June, July and August at Freiman Square to serve lunch along with live entertainment 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

“Fort Wayne has been very receptive and supportive of the food trucks, and the Downtown Improvement District does an incredible job at organizing Lunch on the Square and other events,” Naomi Hochstetler, owner and operator of iGrandma’s food truck, said.

Fort Wayne Food Trucks Inc. also holds its vendors to high levels of business, ethics and sanitation processes, stated in their mission statement.

There are many hours of work that go into shopping, preparation, maintenance and cleanup, Hochstetler said.

“Locally, here in Fort Wayne, most of the truck owners take a lot of pride in their food, and serve a top quality, outstanding product compared to what I’ve seen in neighboring cities like Indianapolis or Chicago,” John Maxwell, owner and operator of the Ragin’ Cajun food truck, said. “Fort Wayne food truck owners have worked very hard to shed the old image of the ‘roach coach’ industry, so if you see a local food truck, try one.”

Ragin’ Cajun has a complete on-truck kitchen and cooks all of their food fresh, on-site.

Joe and Courtni Allison, co-owners of Head 2 Hock food truck, have over 16 years of experience in the culinary industry and have made it their mission to provide customers with the best quality ingredients available.

By partnering with several local businesses and farms, Head 2 Hock creates nutrient-rich foods all from scratch, including their sauces, spice rubs, and hand-cut fries.

iGrandma’s Food Truck blends time-tested and favorite recipes of the past with the convenience of a mobile kitchen.

“In keeping with the traditions of Grandma, most menu items are hand-cut, hand-breaded, or hand-made in some fashion,” Hochstetler said.

Fort Wayne food trucks have a lot in store for summer 2018, including updated menus with specials, features and new items.