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Nosh in Nature This Summer with the Return of 'Food Truck Fridays'



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You know summer has officially arrived when the delicious “Food Truck Fridays” program rolls into the forest preserves of Will County.

The program combines fun family-oriented activities with delicious food truck fare. Why cook on a Friday when you can visit a preserve and nosh in nature? Or better yet, grab some chow at the preserve and head home to relax and enjoy an easy to-go meal.

Food trucks are scheduled for 5-7:30 p.m. Fridays June through August at:

Check ahead on the District’s Event Calendar to see an up-to-date list of each Friday’s food truck lineup.

The program kicked off on Friday, June 4, at Hammel Woods in Shorewood.

“We were excited to welcome a crowd back to Hammel Woods for our first ‘Food Truck Fridays’ program since the pandemic,” said Jenna Newcomb, the Forest Preserve’s supervisor of permitting and recreation. “We had Rogue Curbside Kitchen and Tacos Maui serving up some delicious dishes that everyone seemed to enjoy.”

Nothing Bundt Cakes of Shorewood also was on site selling its famous little bundt cakes, Newcomb added.

“This year, we are really anxious to get the food from these trucks into the hands of our residents,” Newcomb said. “There is a wide variety of trucks in the lineup including farm-fresh kitchen fare, pizza hot from the oven and a new one called Tamale Spaceship. Trucks are still being added each week, so check the calendar listings for the latest on the menu.”

During the season's first food truck foray, Newcomb said people were spreading out on the grass with their groups to dine and socialize.

"After a year with limited activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 'Food Truck Fridays' is the perfect way to get back out and start having fun with family and friends," she explained.

“Those who came out were able to enjoy good food, a beautiful summer evening, and ending the work week relaxing in their favorite lawn chair. The kids had fun running around with Forest Preserve mascot, Willy the Woodchuck, and playing some games that were at the Forest Preserve information booth.”

Sidewalk chalk, cornhole, giveaways and wildlife-themed activities will be available during food truck programs.

“The fun will continue each Friday this summer,” Newcomb said, “So mark your calendar and plan to attend one or more with family and friends.”

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