NWI Food Truck Fest returns for fall pop-up, Crown Point Oktoberfest

The NWI Food Truck Fest debuted in Portage this year.

The inaugural annual NWI Food Truck Fest drew 10,000 people to Portage this summer, and it's already coming back for seconds.

The NWI Food Truck Fest plans a fall pop-up from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 30 at Burns Harbor Food Truck Square, 1237 Westport Road. The festival also plans to bring a dozen food trucks to the annual Crown Point Oktoberfest, which takes place from 2 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 at South Main Street between Hack Court and Walnut Street in Crown Point.

"The first inaugural food truck fest was extremely successful," JumpStartPR President and NWI Food Truck Fest organizer Monica Jimenez Susoreny said. "With an attendance of close to 10,000 people, this first-time fest was something that NWI has never experienced before. We were very excited to see the overwhelming response, but at the same time we realized and listened to where we fell short. The NWI team has been working on making the necessary adjustments to ensure that the same first time fest problems don't happen again."

The fall pop-up event will help celebrate Burn Harbor's 50th anniversary, and include 10 of Northwest Indiana's most popular food trucks.

Entertainment includes Dick Diamond and the Dusters, the Crawpuppies, a bouncy house, face-painting stations, train rides, and tethered hot air balloon rides. A bar will offer wine, beer, mimosas and sangria.

"We are very excited about the upcoming fall pop-up version in September and to join the Oktoberfest in October," she said. "We hope that those who couldn't make it out in June will be able to join us and that those who were able to join us for the first NWI Food Truck Fest will give us a second try."

General admission is $3 and includes a bottle of water. The festival will be open to VIP ticket holders at 10 a.m. and to the general public between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit nwifoodtruckfest.com.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.