Jess Raigosa

Staff Writer

Instead of going out on a Thursday night, consider celebrating the Food Truck Rally’s birthday and enjoying a variety of food options.

On Thursday, Nov. 14, Munn Park will host its monthly Food Truck Rally.

Attendees come from all over Lakeland as well as from surrounding areas, such as Plant City and Tampa.

Polk State College and Southeastern University have even been known to encourage their students to come out to the event by offering meal vouchers as incentives.
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The Florida Southern community looks forward to the Rally each month, too. With a wide variety of food types, there is something for everyone, no matter their food preferences.

Some trucks offer macaroni and cheese on a stick, some offer assorted gelato and others even offer a variety deep-fried sandwiches to suit even the most adventurous foodie.

While there are plenty of alligator nuggets to go around, more traditional vendor food continues to remain fan favorites.

“I like food trucks with tacos and pizza,” Elisabeth Miles, sophomore, said.

The Food Truck Rally even attracts Florida Southern College alumni, such as Amber Vallan, who now resides in Lakeland.

“My favorite part about going to the Food Truck Rally is walking around and seeing all the available food choices at each truck. I always look forward to trying something new and can usually find something that appeals to me anywhere that I look,” Amber Vallan, Lakeland local, said.


Featured Trucks

Teaki Truck, whose popsicles can be found at Tea Largo in Lakeside Village when not at the rally, offers homemade organic ice pops.

In addition to traditional flavors like fresh pineapple and strawberry smoothie, unique flavors like strawberry basil, Mango Habanero, and Honey Pear Walnut are also available to try.

Taco Bus commutes from its Tampa location to the Food Truck Rally every month. Serving authentic Mexican favorites, such as tacos and burritos paired with sweet and spicy sauces, this truck is sure to satisfy one’s craving for flavorful food.

Jimmy Meatballs is based in St. Petersburg but also makes the commute to Lakeland for monthly Food Truck Rallys.

Known for its specialty gourmet meatballs, this truck  makes each one unique by topping them with unusual toppings such as sour cream, feta cheese, chives, green onions, as well as a variety of sauces.

Yum Yum Cupcakes commutes from Orlando and offers the sweet mini cakes to curb just about anyone’s dessert craving.

The poor porker is a Lakeland favorite, known for its fresh beignets which are sprinkled generously with powdered sugar. Owners Robyn and Jarrid also serve chicory coffee.

Additional Info

The event will be sponsored by Winter Haven Fiat, Mosaic,, 352 Media Group and Downtown Lakeland.