14 Food Festivals Your Food Truck Should Be At In 2023

Food Festivals In 2023

Your food is perfect; your food truck is brimming with customers day in and day out, and it is time to get your wheels rolling to some of the top food festivals across the world in 2023! 

Food festivals are carnivals where you can let your gluttony take the best of you. Along with lip-smacking cuisines, they are heavily about community and cultural heritage and bring people together like nothing else.

We have created a list of some of the top food festivals across the world where your food truck should be in 2023.

Food Festivals In The United States [2023]

  • South Beach & Wine Food Festival (Miami Beach, Florida)

People attending South Beach and Wine Food Festival
Source: TheMiamiGuide.com

Over 1,200 students and volunteers gain an unparalleled real-world experience at this Food Festival. To date, this festival has raised more than $34 million for FIU’sFIU’s Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, and your food truck couldn’t be at a more exciting place if you’re near Miami. 

When: February 23 – 26, 2023
Where: Miami Beach, Florida
More information: SOBEWFF.com

  • Aspen Food & Wine Classic (Aspen, Colorado)

People attending Food and Wine Festival Aspen

Hosted at the base of picturesque Aspen Mountain, the festival is attended by the world’s most accomplished chefs and sommeliers. With over 70+ celebrity chefs and beverage experts expected to attend the festival this season, this is where your food truck should be parked if you’re anywhere near Aspen. This premier culinary event consists of three days of live cooking, demonstrations, wine tastings, and panel discussions that world-class chefs and beverage experts lead. This might be as much an opportunity for your business exposure as for learning. 

When: June 16 – 18, 2023
Where: Aspen, Colorado
More information: FoodandWine.com

  • Taste of Chicago (Chicago, Illinois)

people coming to the taste of Chicago festival
Source: Destination360.com

For fans of food, Taste of Chicago, or simply ”Taste,” was launched in 1980 by a group of restaurateurs, which ended up becoming a five-day affair and earned the title of the biggest food festival in the world. In 2022, they changed their format and spread out for a day-long festival in three localities before coming together for another three days in Grant Park. 

When: July 7 – July 9, 2023 (Tentatively scheduled)
Where: Grant Park, Chicago
More information: Chicago.gov

  • National Buffalo Wing Festival (Buffalo, New York)

People participating in an eating competition at the Buffalo Wing Festival
Source: The National Buffalo Wing Festival

The National Buffalo Wing Festival came into existence after the Bill Murray movie Osmosis Jones introduced a fictional version. Now in its 21st year, 2023 will mark the second time it will be held at Highmark Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills, and will have at least ten competitive events.

When: September 2 – 3, 2023
Where: Highmark Stadium, Buffalo
More information: buffalowing.com

Food Festivals In The United Arab Emirates [2023]

  • Gulfood

    Exhibitors at Gulf Food Festival
    Source: Food Navigator

    The 28th edition of Gulfood will drive creativity, change, and unite food and beverage communities from around the world. If you want to experience and be a part of this experience, hop into the line-up of industry thought leaders and some of the greatest chefs that drive industry-wide transformation. 

    When: February 20 – 24, 2023
    Where: Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai
    More information: gulfood.com

  • Dubai Food Festival (Dubai)

Dubai Food Festival
Source: ArabianBusiness

The Dubai Food Festival is the city’s favorite gastronomy gala. A one-of-a-kind spot for you to explore and indulge in different kinds of cuisine or even whip up one as you showcase your culinary expertise. Residents and visitors can follow the flavors and celebrate all things food across the city, be it bespoke gourmet meals or exclusive cooking showcases.

When: April 21 to May 7, 2023
Where: Etisalat Beach Canteen, Jumeirah
More information: visitdubai.com

  • Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition (Abu Dhabi)

Abu Dhabi International Food Exhibition
Source: Bayut

Accelerating a major change in the food industry requires global thought leadership, global perspective, and collaboration. Abu Dhabi International Food festival is the best platform to drive this and is the best destination for you to be at.  

When: November 27 – 29, 2023
Where: Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi
More information: adlife.com

Food Festivals In The United Kingdom [2023]

  • Taste of London (London)

Taste of London Food Festival
Source: London on the inside

Often known as the world’s greatest food festival – Taste of London is a massive hit amongst those chasing an out-of-the-world food experience. Why is it the best spot for your food truck? You can exhibit with the folks at Taste of London 2023 and associate yourself with some of the industry’s most prestigious brands, chefs, and restaurants.  

When: June 14 – 18, 2023
Where: Regents Park, London
More information: tastefestivals.com

  • BBC Good Food Summer Show (Birmingham)

BBC Good Food Show
Source: BBCGoodFood.com

BBC Good Food Summer Show is overflowing with live entertainment, cooking inspiration, shopping, and tasting, and each event has its unique flavor. This food show includes a fantastic line-up of the UK’s best chefs, live cooking, great brands, and some new flavors that spark up the latest trends in food.

When: June 15 – 18, 2023
Where: NEC, Birmingham
More information: bbcgoodfoodshow.com

  • Manchester Food & Drink Festival (Manchester)

Manchester Food and Drink Festival
Source: Manchester Evening News

The Manchester Food & Drink Festival is a well-established, nationally acclaimed event and definitely the spot for your food truck if you want to make an indelible mark. The festival was conceived and developed by Phil Jones in 1998 to show the rest of the nation that there was more to Manchester than just some meat pies and gravy. 

When: TBA
Where: TBA
More information: foodanddrinkfestival.com

  • Edinburgh Food Festival (Edinburgh)

Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh
Source: TravelBeginsat40.com

An absolute riot, the Edinburgh Food Festival hosts some Michelin-starred top chefs and local folks cooking their signature dishes. You can eat, learn, and cook at this spot, and this is a must-visit for those in and around Edinburgh. 

When: TBA
Where: TBA
More information: edfoodfest.com

Food Festivals In India [2023]

  • National Street Food Festival (Delhi)

National Street Food Festival Delhi
Source: Adotrip.com

The whole country, not just India’s national capital, is a fan of street food. And given the diversity of the country, the variety is unimaginable. This spot is not just one of the best to consider for established food truck businesses but also new and upcoming vendors trying to bring their region’s street food to the limelight and right into the National capital. 

When: January 13 – 15, 2023
Where: JLN Stadium, New Delhi
More information: bookmyshow.com

  • Navi Mumbai Food Truck Festival (Mumbai)

Navi Mumbai Food Truck Festival
Source: Adotrip.com

This food festival is a blend of incredible food trucks and a great ambiance, and your place to be if you want your food truck business to shine! Enjoyed by both kids and alike, this is the perfect place to explore the extremely diverse and rich cuisines served piping hot by some of the hottest food trucks!

When: January 21 – 22, 2023
Where: Tandel Grounds, Mumbai
More information: bookmyshow.com

  • Horn OK Please – The Happiest Food Festival

The 10th edition of this three-day festival is expected to be much bigger this year. The event features undiscovered homegrown brands, handpicked gems from the flea market, entertainment zone, activities, and music performances by top artists in the country. The festival offers the largest variety of cuisines and dishes from across the most exciting brands.

When: TBA
Where: TBA
More information: hornokplease.com

Tips To Keep In Mind While Setting Up Your Food Truck At Festivals

These are some of the top and most popular food festivals worldwide. In whichever part your food truck business is established in, our recommendation is for you to set it up in at least one of these spots in 2023.

The food industry is highly competitive, and yet it is places like these where you can make sure that your brand and its experience stand out and help you acquire a completely unique and new customer base. If you’re already starting up your truck’s engine, keep in mind these few tips – 

  • The food truck industry is constantly involved, so always remember to keep up and be aware of all the current trends.
  • Focus on the design of your truck because you will have lots of competition at the festival. Customers will first look at your truck before tasting your food – make it worthwhile. 
  • Change your menu or scale down, as food trucks usually focus on a more tightly conceptualized menu and keep the pricing in mind.
  • Partner with local brands at the festival to build your network.
  • A killer marketing plan can make your food truck business a hit at the food festival and help you build a more extensive customer base.
  • Last but not least – streamline your ordering process to make the food festival the best experience for your customers and for you.

Bringing your food truck to festivals is an exciting step and allows you the exposure that sitting in a fixed establishment does not. This is your opportunity to grow your customer base, business, and try new things.

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Daniel McCarthy is a seasoned restaurant consultant and serves as the Communication Manager at Restroworks, a prominent F&B SaaS company. Drawing from his vast knowledge of leveraging innovative technological solutions, Daniel excels at enhancing restaurant operations and revenue, thereby contributing to the ongoing transformation of the industry.


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