Keep on Food Truckin’

If you’re lucky, your backyard has a grill and a smoker. If you’re really lucky, there’s a fire pit. Even then, though, it won’t be as pimped out as the Back Yard at the Beaumont Club when the concert venue goes meatballs for the Westport Food Truck Festival from 3 p.m. to midnight (and Friday, July 8, from 5 p.m. to midnight). The first annual event, sponsored by The Pitch and Boulevard Brewing Company, showcases some of the newest mobile eateries to get rolling in the city, including (but not limited to) Poco’s on the Boulevard, Good You, Grub Tub, Indios Carbonsitos and Guerilla Gourmet. The adventurous can try frog legs from Mad Jack’s on Wheels while sipping a cold Boulevard and walking around the Westport Marketplace of local artists’ booths. A day pass costs $5, a two-day pass goes for $10, and kids 10 and younger get in free. Free parking is available in the garage just west of the Beaumont Club (4050 Pennsylvania, 816-561-2560). More information is available at

Fri., July 8, 5 p.m.-midnight; Sat., July 9, 3 p.m.-midnight, 2011