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Forest Preserve of Will County's summer 'Food Truck Fridays' series to begin in June

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s popular “Food Truck Fridays” series will return this summer.
The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s popular “Food Truck Fridays” series will return this summer.

The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s popular Food Truck Fridays series will start up again later this summer.

Food trucks will be rolling into four of the district’s forest preserves this summer for the third year.

This year’s food truck lineup will feature new locations and a later start time on Fridays from June 7 through Aug. 23, according to a news release.

“We are returning to Hammel Woods and Hickory Creek preserves, but we will be using different access points than we did in 2018,” said Ben Hecke, the Forest Preserve’s community partnerships and outreach coordinator, in the release. The lineup:

• Hammel Woods: Route 59 Access: June 7, July 5 and Aug. 2

• Hickory Creek Preserve: LaPorte Road Access: June 14, July 12 and Aug. 9

• Whalon Lake: June 21, July 19 and Aug. 16

• Messenger Marsh: June 28, July 26 and Aug. 23

The starting time for Food Truck Fridays has been changed from 4:30 to
7 p.m. to 5 to 7:30 p.m.

The later start should make it easier for people to pop into a preserve for a bite to eat after work or at dinnertime, Hecke said.

“Starting a half-hour later is going to make a big difference,” he said in the release. “We want as many people as possible to join in on the fun as we celebrate nature and food in our beautiful preserves.”

There will also be new food trucks added to the rotation including Tacos Maui, Burritoville, Cookies with Flavor, My Funnel Cake and Beach Bums Tropical Sno.

They will be joined by returning favorites Cheesie’s, The Fat Shallot, The Roaming Hog, Smokin’ Z BBQ, Nothing Bundt Cakes and many more.

Forest Preserve staff will also be on hand to supply sidewalk chalk and games of beanbag toss for those who want to do more than eat. Staff also will be distributing milkweed seeds in an effort to help monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Hecke added that about half of the visitors come with their families, eat, hang out and have a good time, and the other half like to grab a quick bite or take food home.

Check out the individual food truck listings on the district’s event calendar on its website.

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