5th Annual Food Truck Throw Down
5 YEARS OF FOOD, MUSIC, & ART FANFARE
$5 Entry Fee | All Ages | Kids 10 & Under FREE!
FOODIES UNITE! Join us at the Des Moines Social Club’s fifth annual Food Truck Throw Down for a kick-off to summer and celebration of local food and music fanfare. $5 admission gives attendees access to 13 food trucks, live music, beverage tents, art activities, voting in the Des Moines Register People’s Choice Award, and more. In its fifth year, the Food Truck Throw Down has become a staple Des Moines festival. It’s a bustling day in the heart of downtown Des Moines; attendees can start their day at the Downtown Farmers’ Market in the morning and continue their fun downtown in the afternoon.
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 11AM-8PM (good news — we’ve got your lunch AND dinner covered!)
WHERE: 8th-10th streets on Cherry Street + the Des Moines Social Club Courtyard
TICKETS: $5 admission at event entrance (ages 10 and under free)
Chamo Venezuelan Kitchen*^#
Grumpy J’s Gourmet Sliders*
Mema’s Italian Grinders*#
Pit Stop BBQ
Taza Fresh*^# (2018 Winner!)
The Outside Scoop*^#
Wingz on Wheelz#
Options for: Vegetarian* | Vegan^ | Gluten Free#
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT:
Graphic Design by Meanz Chan
VOTING: Two awards will be given out for this year’s Food Truck Throw Down! The first is a Judges’ Choice Award, selected by a panel of local chefs and culinary experts. The second is all about you – be sure to vote for your favorite truck in the Des Moines Register People’s Choice Award! Each truck will be offering $2 samples so you can try as many as you’d like.
PARKING: Free ramp parking is available east of the firehouse in the ramp between 8th & 9th St. and Mulberry & Cherry St. Enter the ramp via Mulberry St. only. DO NOT park in the West End Architectural Salvage lot. Metered street parking is also available. Biking, walking, carpooling, and DARTing are all encouraged forms of transportation to and from the event! If you plan to drink, please don’t plan to drive. Bike parking will also be available. DMSC is not liable for any lost or stolen property.
ADMISSION: Admission is $5, paid at the entrance. Kids 10 and under are free. Cash and cards will be accepted. If you would like to purchase beer, you will be ID’d and given a wristband at the drink ticket station (information below). PLEASE have your ID and form of payment ready.
DRINK TICKETS: Drink tickets must be purchased to redeem at the bars. Drink tickets are $3 each. Pop/Water costs one drink ticket, beer/wine costs two drink tickets. BARS WILL NOT ACCEPT CASH. Stay tuned for a map of drink ticket stations. There are three bar locations (stay tuned for a map). Guests who bring in alcoholic beverages from outside the event may be asked to leave. As always–we encourage you to safely enjoy any alcoholic beverages. If you plan to drink, please don’t plan to drive.
MUSIC: There will be great music all day on the DMSC stage in the Courtyard! We will also have performances in The Basement from 2:30-5:30pm. Be sure to check it out from the Rooftop Patio, or take a load off at one of the picnic tables in the Courtyard area.
HOUSEKEEPING: PLEASE help us keep our city clean! There will be plenty of places to dispose of trash and recyclables, we ask that you make the effort to locate those places. PLEASE respect our neighbors! Our neighborhood is full of awesome restaurants, businesses, and residences. Please keep them in mind as you enjoy your time at the Throw Down.
SEATING: There will be picnic tables available for seating throughout the event area. Camp chairs or picnic blankets are permitted, though there may be limited space for them.
WHAT TO BRING:
Cash or cards for admission, drink tickets, and merch!
ID if you want to drink beer
Rain jacket or umbrella (though we hope you won’t need it!)
Pets on leashes
Kids on leashes (or strollers, whatever…)
Bikes (we’ll have bike parking available)
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
Pets not on leashes
Thank you to our sponsors and partners!
Additional Sponsors & Partners: