Hit the downtown StrEATS for Food Truck Heaven

The Vegas StrEATS food festival hits the streets of downtown for a second time following the success of its March debut. StrEATS kicks off before sunset and features local food trucks, DJs, live bands, artists and street-wear companies. Best of all, admission to this all-night event is free.

The brainchild of Ric Guerrero, founder of Las Vegas’ first food truck, Slidin’ Thru, and Alex Epstein, executive manager of the El Cortez, Vegas StrEATS is a community-building festival that spotlights the collaborative efforts of food trucks and local businesses outside the El Cortez, the goal being to do for the East Fremont community something similar to what First Friday has accomplished for the Arts District, “with a little something for everybody,” Epstein says.

The first StrEATS event was flooded with more than 2,000 people, who took in sounds of the rotating musical sets and eventually ate all eight food trucks completely bare of their offerings.

The second StrEATS event will kick off 6 p.m. April 9 at 600 E. Fremont St., and will feature local DJs, two additional food trucks, local artists and street-wear brands such as Civilian Clothing. StrEATS will return the second Saturday of every month in the same location.

With the recent explosion of Vegas’ food truck scene, Slidin’ Thru co-founder and event coordinator Dylan Taucer hopes this festival will grow into a robust community event and “prove that Vegas is a city with real people and with an evolving culture.”

On the subject of culture, Slidin’ Thru will debut its brand-new grilled-cheese truck at the April 9 event. Specialty items at Muncheeze will include the Piggy Mac, a pulled-pork sandwich with jalapeños, bacon, mac and cheese and barbecue sauce.