Dining With Denise Neil

It’s your last chance to party with the food trucks until spring

It starts to get cold in October in Wichita, and that’s when many food trucks start scaling things back for the winter.

During the next several cold-weather months, the heartier food truckers will still be out and about, staffing the ICT Pop-Up Urban Park and the Wichita State University Food Truck Plaza.

“We are like squirrels and gather in the warm weather and save for the cold,” said Lisa Palacios, who owns Funky Monkey Munchies. “But we still go out in the winter and hope for the best.”

But the big rallies, where all the trucks gather together in one spot for a food truck party, are about to come to an end until spring.

Here are a few chances you have left to get your last truck food truck feasts of the season.

▪ Night at the Fountains: This rally, which happens at the Wichita WaterWalk, 515 S. Main, will have its last monthly event on Friday. It’ll last from 5 to 8 p.m. and will have music from DJ Joey Stone, face painting, games and more. Among the trucks that have agreed to attend are B.S. Sandwich Press, The Big Apple, Brick House BBQ, Charlie's Pizza Taco, Lumpia Lady, LoLo's Crêpes, Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch, U-Hungry TRUCK, Urban Skillet, Kona Ice & Funky Monkey Munchies.

▪ ICT Pumpkin Fest: Six trucks will gather at Cox Farms, 6059 S. Seneca, from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. They’ll be making special dishes that include pumpkin or pumpkin spice plus serving their regular menus. It’s free to get in to the food truck rally, and if you want to pay, you can also take advantage of the farm’s pumpkin patch and corn maze. Look for more details on the dining page in Friday’s Go.

▪ Food Trucks at the Fountain: The original food truck rally put on by The Flying Stove will have its last installment of the season from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29 at the WaterWalk, 515 S. Main. A huge number of trucks always gathers, and this one will have a trunk-or-treat for the kids plus live music from Stimulus.

▪ Southside Food Truck Rally: This rally actually will continue on the first Saturday of the month throughout the winter. It happens at Blood Orchards Market, 6346 S Broadway. It usually lasts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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