BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Bring a lawn chair and a big appetite. Food Truck Tuesdays are returning to Larkin Square this week.
The first Food Truck Tuesday of the season is set for 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on April 11, and it will feature nearly 30 trucks at Larkin Square, plus another dozen at Flying Bison up the street.
In all, there are more than 50 trucks in the rotation for the Food Truck Tuesdays this year. The season runs through the first week in October.
“It’s Buffalo’s biggest dinner party,” said Leslie Zemsky, the Larkin Square Director of Fun.
Every week, thousands of people come out to try tasty treats from across Buffalo’s food scene. There are tons of returning favorites, as well as several newcomers to the food truck scene. “We just brought the food truck to town last month and so we’re getting ready to kick it off on a full schedule and Larkin is really our coming out party,” said Chris Covelli, the owner of #GetFried.
This year, there’s a new focus on healthy options, too. All of the participating food trucks have to have at least one healthy choice on their menus, as noted by a red dot from the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options program. The healthy menu items have to meet certain criteria for calories, fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar, depending on whether they’re entrees, appetizers, or desserts.
For some of the trucks, like Rochester-based Eat Greek, healthy options are already a large part of the menu. “We offer the salads with lamb, chicken, falafel. The falafel is a vegetarian healthy option. The gyros are a healthy option as well,” explained Eat Greek truck manager Alex Barber.
Other food trucks have to get more creative to get the Healthy Options seal of approval, working with a nutritionist to make their recipes work. “It’s been little hectic, but, you know, I think all of the food truck owners have really stepped up to the challenge and it’s been a really enjoyable experience,” explained Healthy Options nutritionist Shelby Braun.
Western New Yorkers flock to Larkin Square to try all of the different options every week and to enjoy live music and craft beverages.
Parking is free in the surface lots around Larkin Square. Preferred parking in the ramp next to the square is $5.
Admission is free.
You can learn more about Food Truck Tuesdays on the Larkin Square website: http://larkinsquare.com/things-to-do/food-truck-tuesdays/
Watch the videos below to learn more about what’s in store for this season.