Gainesville Food Trucks For Your Foodie Cravings


Over the last 10 years or so, food trucks have steadily been gaining popularity. They’ve become a great way for talented cooks to share their love of cuisine with a wider and more diverse audience. The burgeoning brewery scene has also boosted the popularity of food trucks and it seems to be a match made in heaven. Either way, since they’ve gotten so popular there are a number of tasty food trucks to choose from, all in the city of Gainesville!

Off the Griddle – This food truck specializes in using fresh, farm raised ingredients in their American fusion menu items. They have a variety of savory snacks and meals, from fish tacos to quesadillas, Pad Thai, Po’ Boys, and chicken wraps.

Humble Wood Fire – These pizza crafters make unique wood-fired pies with seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Check out their calendar to see where and when they’ll be serving their artisanal pizzas.

Swamp Religion – Get a Cajun take on all your favorite eats – Swamp Religion does wings, sandwiches, fries, and even gator tacos!

Papa Pineapples – This Hawaiian themed food truck must be good. It got itself a 5-star Yelp rating and has expanded from one truck to a truck and an additional food trailer. The food truck hails from Ocala, but ventures into Gainesville to serve up its island cuisine.

Mayflower Cellars – These guys serve up gourmet bratwurst, Italian sausages, Frankfurters, and even vegan sausages! They use high quality ingredients from local farms to make these tasty dogs. They can be found on Wednesdays at the Union St. Market from 4-7pm and on Thursdays at Swamphead Brewery from 5-9pm.

There will also be a Food Truck Rally happening on November 19, 2017 at One Love Cafe in Gainesville! Come out between 4 and 9 to try something new or get a fix of one of your old favorites!

It’s Time for Fireworks!: Independence Day 2016


Summer is officially here! With the fourth of July right around the corner, you’re sure to be making plans for this year’s big patriotic celebration. Here are some of the events and happenings in the Gainesville and surrounding northern and central Florida areas:

Fanfares and Fireworks

This celebration of music and fireworks will be taking place on July 3rd, with music starting at 7pm at Flavet Field. Three musical groups are scheduled to play and fireworks will start around 9:40 that evening.

City of Alachua Fourth of July Celebration

Join the all-day celebration on July 4th at the Hal Brady Recreation Complex where the city is hosting its annual Independence Day blast. The festivities start at 3pm and last until 10pm. There will be events, activities, music, and vendors for everyone in the family. Fireworks start at 9:30pm!

Keystone Heights’ Our Country Day Celebration

An annual event started in 1969, this Fourth of July event has grown over the years and includes a parade, 5k run, arts and crafts, and more. The event is split between two days: it begins on July 2nd with music and dancing from 7-11pm at Keystone Airport and picks up on Monday, July 4th with the remainder of the activities.

Micanopy Independence Day Celebration

The town of Micanopy will be kicking off their July 4th celebration on Monday with a parade at 11am, and a fish fry at the Micanopy Museum immediately afterwards. Events for families will also be taking place at the Micanopy Ball Park, ending with fireworks in the evening at sundown.


Annual Craft Festival

The UF O’Connell Center main arena transforms into a wonderland of holiday spirit filled with unique gifts to amaze, delight and satisfy friends and family on your gift list. North Central Florida’s largest two-day indoor craft extravaganza is the envy of Santa’s workshop. Creatively decorating with attention-getting, show-stopping colorful shiny, glittery and sparkling items will make your home the talk of the season.

When: Saturday, December 7               Time: 10 am to 6 pm

When: Sunday, December 8                 Time: 10 am to 5 pm


Phone: 352-392-5500

General Admission: $4 – UF Students w/ID $1 – 13 and under – free

Where: Stephen C O’Connell Center – 2020 W University Ave – Gainesville, FL 32611

Women & Wealth Seminar

Get a head start on your 2014 goals by evaluating what is important to you. A fiscal check-up assists you with developing workable strategies for saving, budgeting, money management and an investing plan suited for your needs. This FREE seminar for women 18 and older is presented by registered financial advisors of Morgan Stanley.

When:     Wednesday, December 4, 2013                 Time:   5 pm to 7 pm


Phone:  352 332-9300     Please, RSVP to Danielle to reserve a seat

Where: Morgan Stanley – 4965 NW 8th Avenue, Suite A – Gainesville, FL 32605

Morningside Nature Center

Longleaf Pine Youth Fiddle Contest is a toe tapping time as young fiddlers demonstrate their competitive musical skills. Learn about and experience a Cane Boil with the tradition of preserving, making and bottling sugar cane syrup. In addition to the fiddle contest, hear live Southern fiddle and string band music. Interpreters bring history to life with stories of our Southern rural past on this 1870 farm.

Saturday, November 30, 2013   9:00 am – 4:00 pm               Phone: 352 334-3326

Entry Fee: $2 adults – $1 children 3 to 12 – Free for children under three

Morningside Nature Center – 3540 E University Ave – Gainesville, FL 32641

Gators March for Babies

In its tenth year, this March for Babies fundraising event for students, alumni and staff has grown to over 1,599 annual participants. It has raised more than 450 thousand dollars to help area babies have healthy and full term births. Today the UF March for Babies is the largest and most successful collegiate March for Babies fundraiser in the country. This is a great way to have fun and exercise while doing something good for your community.

 Date:  Sunday, November 24, 2013                  Time:  2:00 pm

Registration Time:  1:00 pm

Where: UF Campus – Turlington Hall – Gainesville

32nd Gainesville Downtown Art Festival

Among the top 100 art festivals in the US, Gainesville’s own juried festival offers the works of 250 outstanding local, regional and national artists and fine craft persons. There is no better time to begin or add to one’s art collection. Enjoy the many and varied food selections. The stage at Bo Diddley Plaza features continuous musical entertainment throughout the two day event. Many non-profit organizations offer services that do good things for our community. The festival is family friendly.

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17

Times: 10 am to 5 pm             Phone: 352 393-7520

Where: Core blocks around Downtown Community Plaza

Gator Homecoming Weekend

Love and support our Gators in an action packed weekend of activities.

Friday, November 8 – Gator Gallop: 2 mile fun run begins at Percy Beard Track and ends at SW 2nd Ave and SW 13th Street    Time: 11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 8 – Homecoming Parade Celebrates 90 yearsThe biggest and best student run parade in the country with over 100 floats, UF and local bands, dance teams and celebrities proudly show their Gator spirit.  Time: Noon     Where: from UF East on University Avenue to downtown

Friday, November 8 – Gator Growl: This homecoming tradition, the country’s biggest college pep rally, headlines The Fray and Sister Hazel.     Time:  8 p.m.    Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium

Saturday: November 9 – Homecoming game with Vanderbilt

TimeNoon           WhereBen Hill Griffin stadium

Entrepreneurs – Mind Your Own Business

If you have the entrepreneurial spirit and an idea you think would be a great business, this event is for you. Learn from local business owners what it takes to establish and successfully develop and run a business.  In the Buchholz auditorium, business leaders and entrepreneurs from Feathr, Infinite Energy, Gator Innovators, ToneRite, CordaRoys, Spin Chill and Hacker House discuss the many aspects of starting a business moderated by David Whitney, Entrepreneur in Residence at UF’s College of Engineering.

When:  Wednesday, November 6          Time: 7:00 p.m.     Cost: Free

Where: Buchholz High School Auditorium – 5510 NW 27 Avenue – Gainesville 32605

30th Art Festival at Thornebrook Village

A weekend of art, music and good times.

Color your life with original art as you stroll the park like setting of Thornebrook Village Saturday and Sunday as 100 artists and fine craftsmen from around the region exhibit and offer for purchase a range or original work from: paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed-media, ceramics, glass, jewelry, fiber, photography and wood.  Meet and talk with the artists; begin or add to your art collecting.

Local musical groups entertain throughout, good food and good times and great shops await you at the Thornebrook Festival.  Phone: 352-377-0996

When: Saturday & Sunday, October 12 & 13       Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Thornebrook Village, 2441 NW 43rd Street and NW 23rd Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32606