Food trucks returning for Friday lunches

By Darryl Enriquez - Special to Conley Media

May 16, 2019

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.
Submitted photo

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, he said.

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 http://bit.ly/2W3Ab7b.