Miami: Free Admission, Food Trucks at Fairchild Tropical Garden; Truck Tracker for the Weekend

By Laine Doss | Miami New Times

Fairchild Tropical Garden, the 83 -acre oasis of plants, butterflies and art, is offering free admission (normally $25 for adults) this Sunday and every remaining Sunday in August. What does this have to do with food? A lot, actually.

The Lakeside Cafe is a calming place to indulge in breakfast or lunch. A dozen made to order sandwiches include pastrami Ruben, Black Forest ham and brie, and veggie wraps. All choices are $7.95 and are custom made, so allow a wait time of at least ten minutes and watch the flowers grow. The handcrafted tropical sodas are especially cooling after walking in the Miami heat. Choose from watermelon, mango, kiwi, Mandarin orange, coconut, and passionfruit ($3).

The edible garden allows you to try mangoes, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables grown in south Florida. Mango smoothies, made with mangoes grown on property, are available for purchase.

And, finally, a select few food trucks will be selling their wares at the Cycad Circle at the garden. Enjoy a grilled cheese, gelato or frozen banana before checking out the free tram ride, free yoga or live music.

There are quite a few food truck roundups this weekend, including the Second Saturday Art Walk in Wynwood. Here’s the list:

Friday, August 12

Food trucks at The Miami Fair & Expo Center from 6 to 10 p.m. Free parking but no pets or glass containers allowed. Trucks include 90 Miles, B.C. Tacos, Bru’s Traveler, Happy Greek’s Chef on 4 Wheels, Chef on Wheels, Churro Mania, Cold Stone Creamery, Divan Bakery, Dim Ssam a Gogo, The Flying Saucer, Frita Man, gastroPod, Kona Ice, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Lemon Man, Meatballs & Etc., Miami Angels, Monster Burgers, Mr. Chimi, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms.Cheezious, Mucho Nacho, Okay! Burgers, Papa’s Tapas, Pardo’s Grill, Cafe Perro Express, The Red Truck, Shao Roma Romanian FreshFood, Sir Pizza Mobile, Slow Food Truck, Snow Caps, Sugar Rush, Tango Grill, Yellow Submarine, and Yo Mama’s Paella & Seafood. Miami Fair & Expo Center 10901 SW 24th Street, Miami

Food trucks at JM Lexus in Margate. Trucks serve dinner from 5 to 10 p.m., including Big Kahuna, Che Grill, Cheese Steak Gourmet, Dim Ssam a GoGo, Divan Bakery, Dolci Peccati, The Fish Box, Grill Master, Guiseppe’s Italian Sausage, Jefe’s Original Fish Taco, Latin Burger, Mangia Mia, The MexZican Gourmet, Moty’s Grill, Nacho Bizness, Nacho Mama’s, El Rey De Las Fritas, The Rolling Stove, and Sugar Yummy Mama. JM Lexus 5350 W. Sample Road, Margate

Saturday, August 13

Wynwood Art Walk Second Saturdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Stroll the galleries, grab a plastic cup of wine and head over to the food trucks, which include B.C. Tacos, CheeseMe, Dim Ssam a Gogo, Divan Bakery, Dog Eat Dog, Dolci Peccati Gelato, The Fish Box, The Flying Saucer, gastroPod, Latin Burger, Latin House Grill, Mac n’ Food Truck, Meatballs & Etc., The MexZican Gourmet, Mr. Good Stuff, Ms.Cheezious, Nacho Mama’s Mexican Grill, Papa’s Tapas, Perros Express, Purple People Eatery, The Rolling Stove, Slow Food Truck, Sugar Rush, and Sugar Yummy Mama. Wynwood Art Walk Food Trucks 210 NW 22 Lane, Miami

Sunday, August 14

Fairchild Tropical Garden is having their Free Sundays in August. Free admission from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Trucks include Dolci Peccati Gelato, The MexZican Gourmet, Ms. Cheezious, and Totally Bananas Frozen Banana Cart. Fairchild Tropical Gardens 10901 Old Cutler Road, Miami