By Sue Gleiter | Penn Live
Don’t want to grill burgers and dogs on July 4th? No problem.
Let the food trucks do the cooking. A fleet of more than 40 mobile vendors will roll into Harrisburg on Thursday for the city’s July 4th Food Truck Festival and Fireworks.
Some trucks will arrive as early as 1 p.m. and the full slate of vendors will be parked in Riverfront Park along Front Street by 3 p.m.
To accommodate the event, Front Street will be closed 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. from Walnut to Forster streets.
As expected, there will be no shortage of food with something for everyone. You’ll find crab cakes and Mexican, barbecue, stuffed pretzels, funnel cakes, burgers and cupcakes.
Also, new this year will be a wine garden featuring such central Pa. vineyards as J&P Winery, Bouchette Vineyards, 5 Schmucks Winery, Nissley Vineyards and the Winery at Hunters Valley.
Be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Fireworks are scheduled to launch from City Island around 9:15 p.m.
To help you graze through the sea of food trucks, here’s a handy guide with some top picks followed by the full vendor list.
Bricker’s is an institution in central Pa. They’ve been in business since 1965, so generations of locals have lined up at the portable trucks for the fresh-cut fries cooked in soybean oil. Bricker’s is a fixture at places such as the Markets at Shrewsbury and York Revolution baseball games. But the York-based company also caters to the fair, festival and special events circuit with 30 trucks.
The Soul Burrito has become a familiar name on the food truck scene. Obi and Nicole Linton and their family have been feeding central Pa. fans their signature burritos at festivals and food truck gatherings since 2014. They tried their hand at a market stand and sit-down restaurant but returned to focus on their truck business.
Their bold burritos are made with seasonings such as Caribbean spices, curry and Japanese basil. Burritos also combine soul food, Jamaican and Caribbean influences.
“We are just burritos without borders. You can pretty much do anything you want. As long as the flavors work together, we’ll make it,” Obi Linton once told PennLive.
They also sell burrito bowls, mac n’ cheese and nachos.
Owner Pete Psichogios, a Chicago transplant, came up with the idea for the food truck after being let go from his job at Frito-Lay. That was nearly six years ago. Now the blue and white truck motors around to events selling its authentic foods including gyros, spanakopita, moussaka and baklava. Psichogios grew up in a large Greek family and is using family recipes. During the festival the truck will serve Greek salad, Greek fries, chicken kabob, gyros, chicken gyros and baklava.
Just follow the smoke to this truck. Fans can’t get enough of the homemade food. Get Smok’d BBQ specializes in a variety of smoked meats including pulled chicken and pork as well as brisket and smok’d sausage with peppers and onions. Also look for BBQ sundaes, loaded nachos, coleslaw, mac n’ cheese and baked beans.
Here’s the full list of vendors:
Sarah’s Creamery: Penn State Ice Cream, sundaes, soft pretzels, cookie sandwiches and waffle cones
Cactus Blue Mexican: Beef/chicken/fish tacos, beef/chicken chimichangas, pork Baja nachos, rice and beans, chips and pico de gallo, banana and cream churros and Mexican sodas.
The Dawg Pound: Hot dog, messy dog, cowboy dog, nachos and cheese, cheeseburgers and fries.
Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels: A variety of stuffed pretzels and lemonade.
Shorty’s Funnel Cakes: Funnel cakes in a variety of flavors, deep fried Oreos, lemonade, orangeade and limeade.
Big Chippers BBQ: Pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken sandwiches, Big Chipper Bowl, BBQ nachos, mac n’ cheese and baked beans.
Mama Mia Fusion: Loaded Buffalo fries, crab rice ball, Thai Lithuanian meatballs, Porchetta sandwich, creamy basil Caesar wrap/salad, Key West tacos and barbacoa.
Lancaster Cupcake: Cupcakes and cupcake ice cream splits
The Lucky Penny Burger Company: Specialty burgers, cheese curds, pretzel bites, fries and lavender lemonade.
Coco Bongos of NY: A variety of frozen drinks
MAD Dash: Artisan grilled cheese: Mad Dash, Killer, mac n’ cheese, buffalo chicken and a spinach and artichoke.
Soul Wings: Chicken wings in a variety of flavors.
Dough Heads Waffles: Sweet and savory waffles.
ShreddRRz, LLC: Pork/chicken sandwiches, burrito bowls, Full Monty, mac n’ meat, corn cake n’ meat, mac n’ cheese, slaw and corn cakes.
Stacey’s Orangeade: Fresh squeezed orangeade, limeade, lemonade and strawberry lemonade.
Schnader’s Concessions: Fresh cut fries, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, fresh squeezed lemonade.
Philadelphia Hoagie Company on the Roll: Cheesesteaks, chicken/buffalo chicken cheesesteak, cheesesteak burgers, Philly dogs, coconut butterfly shrimp, fries, loaded fries and mozzarella sticks.
Dough & Co.: Cookie dough and ice cream scoops in a variety of flavors and cookie dough ice cream sandwiches.
The Kilted Griller: Thai chicken basil curry sausage hoagie, mojo chicken hoagie, carne asada hoagie, black bean burger sandwich, grilled portabella sandwich and fries.
The Perk Up Truck: Smoothies, coffee, fresh brewed iced tea, frappes, hot/iced/frozen chai, sweet tea and frozen lemonade.
Sittin’ Pickin’ Chicken: Fried chicken bites, fried chicken thigh/legs, BBQ chicken sliders, fresh sweet potato chips/chips on a stick, hushpuppies and sweet tea.
Kona Ice of Carlisle: Kiddie Kona, Klassic Kona and King Kona with lei.
The Taza Truck: Chicken/beef shawarma, Egyptian falafel, Egyptian rice bowl, spicy fried cauliflower, hummus power bowl, gibna beyda and pita chips.
Marsico’s A Taste of Italy: Italian sausage, cheesesteak, prosciutto panini, fries, rice balls, pasta alfredo, cannoli and tiramisu.
Bananarama: Frozen organic banana whip and sundaes.
Buenos Nachos: Burrito bowls, burritos, chicken/beef/steak/fish/shrimp/bulgogi tacos, quesadilla, nachos and carnitas.
Foltz’s: Hand-rolled soft pretzels and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Brasil on Wheels: Chicken and beef kabobs, pastel, pulled pork, chicken crockets and Linguica (Brazilian sausage).
The Smith Homestead’s Kitchen: Mac n’ cheese: Spinach and artichoke, chicken bacon ranch, Buffalo chicken, bacon pizza, jalapeno bacon and chicken and Mr. Krabs.
Artisan Pizza: Wood-fired brick oven pizza.
Potato Coop: Fresh cut fries, tater tots, curly fries, pulled pork, cheese burgers, boneless bites and loaded fries.
WOW Wagon: Gourmet burgers, lobster rolls, poutines, gourmet tacos, prime rib cheesesteak sandwich, grilled marinated chicken sandwich and fresh squeezed lemonade.
Milk N Mor: Ice cream novelties, hand dipped ice cream, funnel cakes, candy, hot dogs, hamburgers and chips.
Up in Smoke BBQ: Brisket, pulled pork, Texas crippler, porsket, mac n’ cheese, slaw and cornbread.
We Be Cheesin’: Grilled cheese sandwiches: 3 cheese, pizza, apple muenster, caprese, Nutella and banana and peanut butter with banana.
Triple Ceez Chicken Wings: Chicken wings, chicken tenders and fresh cut fries.
Bucky’s Festival Foods: Hot dogs, burgers, sausage, funnel cake, hand dipped ice cream sundaes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, floats, splits and milkshakes.
Rapid Sandwiches & More: Catfish, whiting, jambalaya, fish tacos, seafood basket, fish whiting sandwich and fries.