Where can you feast on delicacies from some of your favorite rolling kitchens?
And sample what the region's best food trucks have to offer?
Whatever food you're craving — whether paella, burgers, crepes, curry, barbecue, tacos or something else — chances are you'll find it at the Lansing Food Truck Mash-Up.
You can enjoy the family-friendly community food truck event, which celebrates summer and features a variety of food trucks on the field at Cooley Law School Stadium, on Aug. 25 from 3-11 p.m.
Participating food trucks include:
- 5-2-oh – Bay City
- Fire and Rice – Lansing
- Fortune Cooking and Chef Tom – Commerce Township
- From Scratch Food Truck – Okemos
- Heaven on a Roll – Howell
- Pop Daddy Popcorn – Whitmore Lake
- Ice Box Brand Ice Cream Bars – Whitehall
- The Smoke N' Pig Bbq – Lansing
- Kingston Kitchen – Okemos
- Clyde's Pit – Elsie
- Kona Ice – East Lansing
- MI Burger Burger – Webberville
- Coffee Rescue Food Truck – Kalamazoo
- Silver Star Café LLC – Greater Grand Rapids area
- Crepes by the Lakes – Grand Rapids
- Underground Cookie Club – Grand Rapids
- Curry In A Hurry Foods – Kalamazoo
- Hero Or Villain Van – Detroit
- Los Jalapeños Taqueria – Midland
- Island Noodles – Michigan
3 Lil Pigs BBQ - Midland
Why you should go
Cooley Law School Stadium will sell a variety of beverages, including alcohol, to enjoy with the various flavors and a local DJ will provide music throughout the event.
"We’re going to have activities for kids – different kinds of games, some hoola hoops, and a bowling game, and things for them to partake in while they take part in the celebration," said Rich Howard, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region, charity partner of the event.
"This is a wonderful community celebration, and we’re all about community and trying to raise visibility for Big Brothers Big Sisters," he said. "So it just made sense to partner and, of course, partnering with LSJ is a wonderful thing to do."
Big Brothers Big Sisters Michigan Capital Region is a mentoring organization that works with at-risk youth in the tri-county area.
"We have a waiting list of youth that are looking for adult mentors," Howard said.
Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite food truck at the event. The winning truck will receive a plaque, recognition and, of course, bragging rights.
"We’ve brought in trucks from Detroit and all over the state who are coming to participate in this event," said T.H. Waldman, senior manager of events marketing for USA TODAY NETWORK events.
"Food options are vast – each truck has four to five different dishes," she said. "It's really important that people vote so we hear who is the best food truck in Michigan," she said.
And when you vote, participants will be entered to win a $50 gift card.
How to go
Want to get your food first? Doors open for early admission at 3 p.m., two hours before the event opens to the general public at 5 p.m.
The cost for an early access ticket is $20 and is only available for purchase online in advance. Youth early access ticket is $12 and can be added to any early access ticket purchased. Both options enter at 3 p.m. and receive $5 in mash-up cash to spend at the event.
General admission tickets are available in advance online for $5, at the door for $8.
For general admission student tickets, if you buy two, you get two free. Students must show a valid ID at the door.
Children under age 5 are admitted free. Active military, veterans and first responders are admitted free, for up to four people, as long as one of the four can show a valid ID. Pets are not allowed.
You can also enter to win giveaways and prizes – including free food – at the event. Note: Admission to the event does not include food truck offerings.
The Food Truck Mash-Up is sponsored by Michigan Education Trust, a prepaid tuition program that allows families to purchase credit hours at today's rate for use at a Michigan public college in the future, and produced by USA TODAY NETWORK in partnership with the Lansing State Journal.
For tickets, visit tickets.lansingstatejournal.com/e/food-truck-mash-up-5 .