Bringing delicious dishes, crave-worthy foods, and even gourmet selections to the streets (often at incredibly affordable prices), food trucks are popular for many reasons! But which trucks serve what, and where can you find these mobile eateries?
Read on to meet our growing fleet and discover sure spots to find & feast on local food truck fare, right here in the Great Lakes Bay!
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Local Food Trucks in the Great Lakes Bay
We could never name them all, but get to know some of our favorite Great Lakes Bay food trucks:
Makin' Bacon Truck: Menu centered on "smoky, salty, deliciousness of ... next level bacon", breakfast burritos, bacon mac ‘n' cheese, chocolate-covered bacon.
Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck: World famous chicken, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels, buttered noodles, potato cheese puffs, and more.
The Cheese Trap: Frankenmuth Cheese Haus cheeses (on Bavarian Inn breads), gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, fried cheese curds, tomato bisque soup, freshly squeezed lemonade.
5-2-oh: Creative blend of Mexican and Korean flavors and a unique twist on Asian fusion street food, from Korean Tacos to Bahn Mi.
Olvera's BBQ: Beef brisket burrito, ribs, chicken fajitas, baked beans, potato salad, $7 Value Menu options.
3 Lil' Pigs BBQ: Twisted BBQ — ribs to sliders and turkey legs — even a Brisket Bear Claw (brisket-topped donut with sweet maple BBQ).
Bad Wolf BBQ: Award-winning BBQ and Mexican fusion dishes, served up with their own competition-inspired sauce.
Kona Ice of Saginaw: Shaved ice, flavors like "Groovy Grape", low calorie, non-GMO, gluten-free.
Great Lakes Bay Food Truck Hotspots
Food trucks are always on the move! Know where they go, so you can be where they are!
Midland Area Farmers Market: On Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 7 a.m. - 1 p.m., you're sure to find fresh produce, plants, flowers, and, of course... food trucks!
Larkin Beer Garden: Everyone's welcome (even pets) on Thursday and Friday evenings through September for craft brews, life-size board games, and food truck selections.
Tri-City Brewing Company: As only beer is served in this local hub, food trucks are often on-site. Enjoy!
Food Trucks on Federal: Tuesdays on the outdoor plaza of Saginaw's SVRC Marketplace, enjoy lunch from local food trucks and market vendors. Join SVRC's Text Club for updates on weekly flavors.
Dow Gardens Lunchtime Concerts: Held from 12 - 1:30 p.m. on most Thursdays throughout summer at Dow Gardens in Midland, enjoy live music and food truck selections inside this botanical gardens' Birch Grove.
Tunes by the Tridge: Every Thursday from 7 - 9 p.m., mid-June to mid-August, is your free opportunity to enjoy family-friendly, outdoor concerts in Midland (and plenty of food trucks, too).
Food Truck Fridays: Fridays from May - October, enjoy a different food truck each week at either Labadie Buick GMC or Labadie Toyota in Bay City. Food trucks alternate between the two dealerships, so follow on Facebook to see which truck will pop up next... and where!
Food Truck Festivals in the Great Lakes Bay
Centered entirely around food trucks, be sure to show up to these flavorful get-downs!
Frankenmuth Funtown Chowdown Food Truck Festival: With about 20 food trucks per festival, the "chowdown" takes place from 3 - 9 p.m. each second Thursday, June - September, at Frankenmuth River Place Shops. Admission is free to access mouthwatering food options and family-friendly activities, plus Battle of the Breweries tap takeovers.
Eat Great Food Festival: Kicking off the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational week, Eat Great Food Festival is the place to be for beer, wine, and signature dishes from food trucks and regional restaurants, as well as live entertainment.
Firkin Food Truck Festivals: Firkin Beer from Frankenmuth Brewery, a full bar, great music — and, of course, amazing food trucks — at Frankenmuth Credit Union Event Center in Birch Run.
Food Truck Faceoffs: Who will be crowned the "Food Truck Faceoff Champion"? Find out at multiple Food Truck Faceoff events from June - September at Huntington Event Park in Downtown Saginaw! Bring blankets and chairs, and enjoy food truck fare and friendly competition, live music, and yard games. Admission is free for all faceoffs!
Midland Food Truck Festival: Make it to Center City Midland the second Saturday of each month, May to September — where food trucks, beer, wine, cider, and live music fill a former car dealership lot with feel-good vibes and summer flavors.