Rochester’s Food Truck Rodeo

Rochester’s Food Truck Rodeo

For those who have spent more than a year in Rochester, you probably know the food truck scene is quite impeccable. Or maybe you’re a newbie and have only encountered the food trucks at events such as Imagine RIT or FreezeFest. Either way, if you’re around Rochester this summer, the Food Truck Rodeo at the Public Market is an event you won’t want to miss. Last month, we sent a writer down to check it out and spoiler alert – it did not disappoint.

The Basics:

► Free Entry (but you obviously pay for the food)

► The rodeo takes place the last Wednesday of every month from 5-9 pm (running from April thru September)

► There is parking at the Public Market, but you can also take a shuttle from the East End Parking Garage (except in June due to the Jazz Festival)

Last month, the Rodeo hosted over 20 food trucks, including Le Petit Poutine, Duke’s Donuts, Chef’s Catering, Macarollin, and SO MUCH MORE. Basically, if there is a food truck in Rochester that you love or have been dying to try, there is a 95% chance that it will be there (we did the math – trust us).

Now, we recommend you get there early. Not only will that give you a greater chance of a parking spot at the market, but you also might be able to snatch one of the highly sought after picnic tables. However, it might be safer to bring lawn chairs or even a fold-out table if you want to guarantee yourself seating.

The event also hosts live music. When we went, we got to hear the Morgan Twins from the Voice. The future performers include The Crooked North, Earthtones, Kids in the Basement and more!

Additionally, the Public Market and Open Door Mission partner on the event to collect donations during all the rodeos. All funds collected will be used to purchase fresh ingredients from market vendors in order to serve the Mission shelter and dining room.  

If you want more information, visit the City of Rochester website here. You can view the full schedule, all the live music acts, and some other tips about the Rodeo.

Lea is an Industrial Design student with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Outside of writing for Behind the Bricks, Lea dedicates her time on campus to Cru, and she loves trying unusual ice cream flavors, swing dancing, and bullet journaling.

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