Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When and where is the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival?
A: Monmouth Park Racetrack, Oceanport, NJ
May 26, 27, 28 Saturday, Sunday & Monday

Gates will open early at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday

Gates will open at the normal 11:30 am on Monday
Races will run until approximately 6pm all three days

Q: How much is it?
A: Admission to Monmouth Park Racetrack is $5 pp at the gate (no tickets in advance)

Children 12 and under are admitted free

Trucks will selling a variety of food priced per item.
For example: An Empanada $4, Crab Cake sandwich $10, Sausage Sandwich $9, Cupcake $3

Q: Where can I park?
A: There will parking lots at Monmouth Park.
General Parking is $5. Valet Parking is $10.

Q: What activities are there for children?
A: Saturday and Sunday noon to 4 p.m., is Family Fun Day at Monmouth Park. Starting “On the Green” and spreading all the way to the picnic area, you’ll find clowns, face painters, pony rides, a bounce house and more. In addition, there is a playground in the Picnic Area. ALL Family Fun Day activities are FREE!
Children 12 and under are ALWAYS admitted FREE

Q: Are dogs permitted?
A: No sorry. No pets are allowed, as they will scare the horses.

Q: What happens if it rains?
A: The event is rain or shine. There’s plenty of cover on a rainy day, so don’t be stuck in the house, come on out and enjoy the day.

Q: Can I take the train to Monmouth Park?
A: YES! The NJ Transit – North Jersey Coast Line trains stop at Monmouth Park Station on weekends and holidays, including Memorial Day
Package includes round-trip transportation and Grandstand admission plus an official racing program. The package is available from all NJ TRANSIT train stations, excluding Atlantic City Rail Line stations.
The cost is the round-trip fare plus $3.50. Purchase the package from a Ticket Vending Machine (TVM) at any NJ TRANSIT train station by choosing “Beach/Monmouth Park Packages” and then selecting “Monmouth Park Racetrack”, or purchase at any ticket office.
Please note: Packages cannot be purchased aboard trains or with the NJ TRANSIT Mobile App.
The Monmouth Park train station is not handicap accessible as there is no platform.

Q: Is the park handicap accessible?
A: Monmouth Park is Handicap Accessible with handicap parking spaces in all lots. Elevators are located in both the Grandstand and Clubhouse side for patrons.
Wheelchairs are available for “check-out” on a first come, first serve basis from the Monmouth Park First Aid (basement level, Grandstand side near tunnel). Simply leave your driver’s license, and it will be returned to you once the wheelchair is brought back at the end of the day. There is a limited supply, to check with First Aid, call 732-571-5453.
The Monmouth Park train station is not handicap accessible as there is no platform. There is a platform at the Long Branch station and a cab can be taken from there to the track.

Q: Can I bring a cooler?
A: No cooler larger than 30″ long by 15″ wide will be permitted at Monmouth Park.
BYO (Bring Your Own) alcohol must be kept and consumed in the designated BYO area. BYO alcohol permitted only in the picnic area north of the Premio food stand. No BYO alcohol will be allowed at any other location throughout the facility. No hard-liquor or glass bottles are permitted within Monmouth Park.
Please note the cooler policy does not apply to reserved picnic areas.

Q: Will there be live music?
A: Yes.
Saturday, May 26th – Lauren Davidson Music
Sunday, May 27th Pez Head Band and Jessica Rose
Monday, May 28th – The Mike Dalton Band

Q: What’s the address?
A: Monmouth Park, 175 Oceanport Avenue, Oceanport, NJ 07757
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105, to Route 36 East. Follow signs to Monmouth Park

Q: 45 Food Trucks! That’s a lot! How can I eat that much food?
A: The best game plan is come with a group. Order lots of different food items and share the feast with your friends. See ya there 🙂

The full list of trucks can be found here…


Food Truck Stories with Cheezen

Tell us all about your food truck, what makes you special?
When Cheezen started back in 2014, we were the first gourmet grilled cheese food truck In New Jersey. Our concept started out with the question: What makes people happy? What do people enjoy to eat? With those questions in mind, Cheezen was created with fresh quality grilled cheese sandwiches on handmade artisan bread. Anybody can make a grilled cheese, but it’s our team’s loyal dedication and attention to detail that makes our food extra special.

Why did you decide to open a food truck?
I decided I wanted to start a food truck because I thought it would have been the coolest thing on the block, but my real motivation to start a food truck business was my children. I was making dinner one night and I was making grilled cheese and soup. I already had the dream to start a truck but my other passion is baking – and 3 months later Cheezen was ready to take on the market. From there we knew we wanted to serve our delicious food to everyone in the state. I also wanted to create something where hopefully in years to come, I will be able to pass something off to my kids, or at least a concept, so they have the tools and knowledge to help them grow to successful business owners.

What’s your most popular menu item?
Currently our most popular item is our Bourbon Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese. This is made by first cooking off a lot of chopped hickory bacon. Then we dice up onions and sauté them down with spices and most importantly the bourbon. Afterward we toast our handmade artisan style sourdough bread, add the aged gruyere and sharp cheddar. Then at the end we add our Bourbon Bacon Jam and top it with our homemade chipotle aioli. The result is the award-winning Bourbon Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese!

Tell us about a favorite or memorable event you’ve participated in?
We have probably participated in over 300 events in the last four years. I must say that our most memorable event was Monmouth Park Food Truck Festival where we won Best Guiltiest Pleasure – by a panel of judges, including Pete Genovese from Winning this was huge for us. The excitement of winning this award was earth lifting! To see our hard work and dedication and our mission all come true to us in one afternoon – during the busiest we have ever been – at one single event! We won!!! We could not believe it. We all cried, service stopped and we all took a moment to hug each other!

What’s the best part about having a food truck?
Serving our fans our food is the reason we continue to do what we do day in and day out. I am so grateful and so humble for what we do. Seeing our fans do a happy dance while their eating one of our grilled cheese sandwiches is my feel good moment.

Do you do weddings and/or catering?
Yes and yes! We currently have weddings booked at many reception halls throughout the state. Weddings have become more and more popular to have Food Trucks as another feature or station at the reception. We also provide at home catering service with our trucks. For celebrations such as graduation parties, birthday parties, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvahs, etc. Customers love the fact that we can come and go with no cleanup for the client afterwards.

Where can we find you on the street or do you have restaurant?
We service all over New Jersey during lunch hours.-Check our calendar for location of upcoming lunch service and events. But if we aren’t out trucking along you can always find us at our restaurant located at 108 Easton Ave., New Brunswick, NJ in the heart of Rutgers Campus attached to Olde Queens Tavern.

Cheezen Store Location
108 Easton Ave
New Brunswick NJ 08901
Phone: (732) 488-9370
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Food Truck Stories with Cupcake Carnivale

Jeffrey, tell us all about your food truck, what makes you special?

Cupcake Carnivale is one of the first mobile sweet trucks that graced

the food truck scene in New Jersey back in March of 2012. We

specialize in artisan, gourmet cupcakes made from scratch. We only use all

natural and premium ingredients in our product. For example, our chocolate is

imported from Belgium or France and our Vanilla comes from Madagascar.

We also sell other freshly baked goods and desserts if one is not in the

mood for a cupcake.


Why did you decide to open a food truck?

I have always wanted to own my own dessert business and with the

popularity of Food Trucks on the rise, I thought now would have been

the perfect time to take that chance. That was almost 4 years ago and our

cupcake truck has obtained a large following all over NJ and the

Philadelphia area. I am very grateful for all the support and repeat

business our followers (old and new) have given me and my cupcakes through the years.


What’s your most popular menu item?

My Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcake (Valrhona Chocolate Cupcake

topped with a rich chocolate Chip Cookie dough topping and topped with a

swirl of Belgium Chocolate Buttercream Frosting) is my biggest seller.


Tell us about a favorite or memorable event you’ve participated in?

There were two. My most memorable event was when I sold over 1000 cupcakes

for the first time which was at the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars in

Monmouth Park, NJ back in 2012! It was so surreal looking out my service

window and seeing an endless line of people excited to try my cupcakes!

And also being chosen by Zagat back in 2013 as one of the “Top 10 Must

Try Food Trucks” in the Country. Our Cupcake Truck was the only food

truck from New Jersey and Philly to be a part of that list as well as

the only sweet truck.


What’s the best part about having a food truck?

The best part of owning and operating a food truck is that I get to

interact with my customers while showcasing my menu at any given

location. It brings me a lot of joy meeting my customers in person

rather than working in a kitchen at a restaurant behind the scenes. My

customers can put a face to my brand while providing them with the

“food truck” experience, which has become a foodie phenomenon in this



Who is Mama Carny?

My mom’s name is Pat, otherwise known as “Mama Carny” She has been a huge

supporter since day one and she actually has a cult following of people

that come to my truck just to see her! Now that she’s getter older,

(80 yrs old) her visits have been less frequent since “Food Truckin’”

entails so much hard work. But when she does make an appearance, followers

flock to my truck. Mama Carny has been an integral part of my business because

of her amazing personality and her maternal nature and kind nature to my customers.

She loves working outside my truck and just talking to anyone that comes our way.


Do you do weddings and/or catering?

Yes, Cupcake Carnivale caters to any type of event, both corporate and

private parties. You can send an email at

for more information on how our catering service works or you can call

directly at 609-751-8484


Where can we find you on the street or do you have restaurant?

To find our cupcake truck, you will need to follow Cupcake Carnivale on Social

Media (i.e. Facebook or Twitter) to find our location on any given day,

week or month. We are working on opening our very own a Brick and

Mortar shop soon!


Thank you Jeffrey!

Stay connected with Cupcake Carinvale


Twitter: @cupcakecarny

Instagram: @cupcakecarnivale

#Carnyvore #CupcakeCarnivale

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Feed Them and They Will Come

jersey shore Food Truck Fest CROWD 5-23

Record numbers attended the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival at Monmouth Park Racetrack over Memorial Day Weekend in Oceanport, NJ. 60,000 guests enjoyed amazing cuisine from 38 food trucks. Monmouth Park reported an increase of 37% guests since last year.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival. We love our fans and our awesome vendors.

Photo by Colleen Leslie