ALTON — Riverbend food fans are in for a real treat on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater as more than a dozen food trucks take over the Mississippi riverfront.
The Alton Food Truck Festival will provide foodies and foodettes a sampling of diverse cuisine from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. As 12 food trucks and craft beers invade the amphitheater, guests can settle into the music of St. Louis native and blues prodigy Marquise Knox from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. A Jimmy Buffett tribute band, the Jumbo Shrimp Band, will perform until 10 p.m.
“I’ve been looking forward to the opportunity to bring the Food Truck Festival to the Alton area,” Sauce Magazine editor Allyson Mace said. “The Liberty Bank Amphitheater offers such a great environment right on the riverfront and it doesn’t put any squeeze on local brick and mortar restaurants. Alton is a beautiful and established town that is always evolving; that is one thing that captured our attention there for this festival.”
Each truck will offer unique food within a range of price options. In addition to domestic beers and non-alcoholic beverages, the amphitheater concession team will offer the following craft beers on tap: Boulevard Single-Wide IPA, Boulevard Oktoberfest, Civil Life American Brown, Civil Life TBD and Sierra Single Hop. Boulevard Wheat, Sierra Pale Ale and Strongbow Cider will be available in cans.
“These are the best food trucks in the St. Louis area,” Alton Mayor Brant Walker said. “We are excited to be able to put together such a great event for Alton’s first Food Truck Festival. We hope the Greater Alton region comes out to support this festival and enjoy great food with great music.”
Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Fridays have become a popular attraction on the second Friday of every month in Tower Grove Park, bringing in upward of 5,000 hungry food fans a month from May to October.
“When this started in 2011, we had seven area food trucks,” Mace said. “I believe we have more than 50 mobile food trucks that participate now. I knew food truck popularity was on the rise. I wanted to have a chance to try them all, but they were scattered everywhere. That is how Food Truck Fridays began. We organized and brought them all together and we are seeing so much success. Several food truck businesses have grown and become brick and mortar restaurants because of their success through these events.”
The 12 confirmed food trucks include Completely Sauced, Go Gyro Go, Revel Kitchen, St. Louis Kettle Corn, Sarah’s Cake Stop (Shop), Smokin’ Monkey, Steak Louis, The Sweet Divine, Taco Truck STL, Totally Toasted, Twyford BBQ & Catering and Zia’s on the Hill.