THIENSVILLE — After a very
popular inaugural year, the Food Truck Tour will return to
Thiensville’s Village Park next summer with changes that organizers
hope will take it to another level.
This year, a collection of 10 to 12 food trucks made their way to
the park on five separate Thursday evenings over a six-week period
in late summer. An estimated 1,500 to 2,000 people attended each
Rob Kos, executive director of the Thiensville Business Association,
which organized the Food Truck Tour, told members of the Thiensville
Village Board Monday several changes are planned that the TBA
believes will increase attendance, revenue and the experience for
Here are the changes:
■ The event will take place one Thursday a month from May through
September. Partly due to being organized late, this year’s event
occurred on consecutive weeks with a one-week hiatus to avoid
competing with the nearby Shully’s River Sounds.
The 2019 dates will be May 23, June 20, July 18, Aug. 15 and Sept.
■ Restaurants and other Thiensville businesses will be invited to
participate and will be marketed separately. While plans are still
being finalized, Kos said he envisions a row of just Thiensville
businesses in the park.
“Our goal here is to not only bring people into Thiensville, but
boost village business,” he said.
■ There will be live music, replacing a DJ who entertained diners
this past summer. The park’s new, permanent stage – being built as
part of Village Park Reimagined! – should be ready for use by late
■ The number of food trucks expected to attend each event should
increase to about 16 to 20. Kos said the additional trucks and plans
to arrange how they are positioned in the park should help alleviate
the long waits to order and get food that some people experienced
■ A “family activity area” will be expanded. Other activities are
being explored, such as providing boat rides on the adjacent
“We want to do more to create a destination and expose visitors to
what a gem we have here in the village,” Kos said.