Scrumptious lunches were offered up last year during
Friday Food Truck events at the Waukesha County Airport.
The event will again be held this summer on Fridays.
WAUKESHA — Looking for a new
place to grab an outdoor lunch on Fridays this summer without
getting into a tailspin?
For the second consecutive year, the Waukesha County Airport, also
known as Crites Field, will host food trucks to feed hungry airfield
visitors and pilots tasty burgers, pizza and other delights, said
airport manager Kurt Stanich.
The first event of the 2019 season is May 24 and runs through the
Friday before Labor Day. Food is served 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. right
on the terminal ramp with a different food vendor serving each week,
The airport receives a small percentage from the food vendor, which
is reinvested in materials for the event like picnic tables, rope
lines and trash bags.
A popular pursuit of aviators is the search for an airfield where
they can fly in and grab lunch at a good restaurant that’s either on
the premises or nearby, Stanich said. In aviation terms, the popular
practice is known as the “$100 Hamburger.”
Pilots and airport visitors had suggested that Crites Field would be
a great place for an airport, but Waukesha County did not support
using tax dollars to build a county-owned restaurant, Stanich said.
Airport officials, instead, “decided to take advantage of the rising
popularity of self-propelled food preparation devices and began what
has become a highly popular weekly summer event named ‘Food Truck
Friday’,” Stanich said.
“The concept is simple,” he said. “Everybody likes a cool place to
eat and what could be cooler than an airport?”
While the number of airplanes that fly in weekly are slowly
increasing, the airport and surrounding community turn out in large
numbers for (lunches) in the afternoon airport sun, he said.
“Games, pedal planes and an aircraft teeter-totter keep the youngest
aviators excited and occupied between the airport’s takeoffs and
landings.” he said. “We’ve been very pleased with the weekly
attendance” said Aimee Scrima, airport administration and marketing
specialist. “It’s a lot of fun to see everyone from young families
to past aviators enjoying the food and weather. It offers airport
tenants a chance to hang out together.”
While not required, fly in traffic is highly encouraged and is a fun
way to get your Wisconsin Pilot passport stamped, Stanich said.
For a lineup of food trucks, visit