Earlier this month the City Council (finally) approved a pilot program for food trucks in Des Moines. The initial program will last for 6 months from April 17 through October 31 and requires vendors to license their truck with the city. There are a handful of trucks already established in Des Moines, like Powered by Fries, and I’m sure we’ll see more and more trucks popping up. The trucks are approved to serve and park in metered parking spaces downtown, but they’re restricted to four different zones outlined in the ordinance.
According to Timothy Meinch and this Des Moines Register article, there will be four different approved zones where the licensed food trucks can park and sell (click on the article to see maps of the approved locations):
- “The block surrounding the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and one block south.”
- “The four blocks west of the Iowa Events Center along Crocker and Center streets, plus a stretch of Park Street and Watson Powell Jr. Way to the south.”
- “West of the Court Avenue district near the Polk County Courthouse, stretching to west to Ninth Street along Cherry Street.”
- “The Locust Street Bridge crossing the Des Moines River, plus several East Village blocks along Grand Avenue, East Walnut Street and East Court Avenue.”
How can I get my hands on these tasty trucks?
Two food events are already scheduled for this summer. First, The Des Moines Social Club is hosting the Iowa Beverage Food Truck Throw Down on Saturday, May 30. You’ll be able to try about 10 different food trucks, sip local beers and listen to live music. Second, the city of Des Moines is hosting a food truck celebration on June 17 (over the lunch hour) in the approved zone near the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.
I’ve started following a few of the food trucks on social media and they’re good about announcing where they will be located and when. Also, I bet you’ll start seeing the trucks out over the lunch hour in the permitted zones as the weather gets nicer.
Here’s a list of the main trucks that I’ve either heard of, follow on Facebook or have seen around Des Moines: Powered by Fries, The Spot, Street Eats DSM, The Outside Scoop, Let’s Toast, Parlo Pizza, Karam’s Grill and Streets of Europe.
I’m really excited to have this option in Des Moines! I can’t wait to give all of the trucks a try throughout the summer months.