Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeos

A Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is an all-ages Sunday afternoon (most often 12-4 p.m. but check our Events page) gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks, five times each year. This is the original food truck rodeo of the Triangle–an event that helped start the food truck craze. The event is free to attend. You simply pay for what you decide to eat from the trucks’ menus–from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats. Guest trucks have included included American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta,  Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger. Locally-brewed craft beer and a band are always on hand. Dogs are allowed at the Food Truck Rodeo on regular (not retractable) leashes.

Sunday, September 3 is our next Food Truck Rodeo. Live music from Wood Robinson’s New Formal will start at 12:30 p.m. Wood Robinson’s New Formal is the soundtrack to a road trip, a collection of stories witnessed through a van window while crossing the country on tour. But Wood’s story starts long before that. Growing up in Greensboro, North Carolina, Wood gravitated to the upright bass. He studied jazz in college, playing in small combos and big bands, and then felt drawn to old time and bluegrass music. He started the band Mipso with a few friends, in the process learning to reconcile his jazz roots with his new folk foundation. After college his band hit the road.

And here are our trucks, including new to the Rodeo trucks in purple!

Bam Pow Chow
Snowie Shaved Ice
Oak City Fish & Chips
Route Bistro
Caffe Bellezza Mobile Coffee Bar
Belgian Waffle Crafters
Kona Ice Kabana
Will and Pops
Fuzzy’s Empanadas
Chirba Chirba Dumplings – old truck
Only Burger
Fetch Hot Dog Co
Virgil’s Jamaica
Big Island Shaved Ice
Mixed Korean Truck
the 13th Taco
the Cookie People
Thai Box Zing
Rollin Dogs
Soom Soom Pita Pockets
SweetWater Ices
Baton Rouge Cuisine
Hibachi Xpress
Boricua Soul Food Truck
Valentino’s Food Truck
the Corner Venezuelan
Queso Monster
Cousins Maine Lobster
Fahsyrah’s Lemonade
Bo’s Kitchen
Pie Pushers
the Humble Pig
LoYo On The Go
Rare Earth Farms
Jay’s Italian Ice
the Parlour
Citizen Pops
Philadelphia Water Ice
Brachi Roll
Daddy Bob’s BBQ
Crepes Veronique
Napoli Pizza
Fresh Local Ice Cream
Tacos Las Gringas
Sarges Chef

Our non-profit partner Extra Life RDU will bring modern and vintage video game demos to play and video game themed coloring pages.


Remaining 2017 Food Truck Rodeo Dates:

Sunday, September 3 and November 5.

Help make DCP Rodeos waste-wise events

Waste Warrior volunteers are needed to help set up, staff, and breakdown waste stations that include recycling and compost options. With the thousands of people that attend the Rodeos, volunteer efforts can help divert thousands of pounds of compostable and recyclable materials from the landfill. If you are interested in volunteering, email Erin at [email protected]

More information

Information and Application for Food Trucks

If you own a food truck and are interested in participating in an upcoming Food Truck Rodeo, click here for more information.


Food Truck Rodeos are rain or shine. Most trucks accept credit cards but an ATM machine is on site as well. Free parking is available in nearby lots. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair so that you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable Durham afternoon with friends and family. Looking for trucks that participate? Have other questions?
Check the Food Truck Rodeo FAQ

Thank you to our upcoming sponsors and partners: