June 21: The Day of 2,500 Food-Truck Freebies

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Food trucks might be getting run off by brick-and-mortars here and there, but theyre also becoming a marketing tool. Earlier this week we got a pitch announcing that several high-end food trucks (including the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and Vincents Pizza) will be parked outside of the Henry Street Settlement starting at 6:30 p.m. before performances of John Kellys Paved Paradise Redux: The Art of Joni Mitchell. If thats a little too highbrow for you, check this out Fox Searchlight is promoting its forthcoming romantic comedy, (500) Days of Summer, by having trucks like Cupcake Stop and the Treats Truck (plus the Shake Shack!) each give away 500 items on June 21, the first day of summer. Its kind of a brilliant marketing plan, since the food blogs are bound to document the lines (just look at Eaters photos of the queue at Pret A Manger during their giveaway today). Heres the official list of when and where the trucks will be in action, and what theyll be handing out.

Cupcake Stop
Where to find it: Fifth Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets
When: Noon
Free Treat: Mini-cupcakes and promo items
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Get the latest updates at CupcakeStop/Twitter

Mud Truck
Where to find it: Truck 1: Sheridan Square between Seventh Avenue and West 4th Street; Truck 2: Astor Place between Fourth Avenue and 8th Street
When: Noon
Free Treat: MUD iced coffee and promo items (split between both locations)
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Wafels & Dinges
Where to find it: Marcus Garvey Memorial Park/125th Street Harlem: The truck will be located at the Skyscraper Harlem Classic Cycling Event
When: Noon
Free Treat: Ice cream Belgian waffle cones
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Get the latest updates at waffletruck/Twitter

Treats Truck
Where to find it: Either Washington Street OR Gansevoort Street (meatpacking district)
When: Noon
Free Treat: Freshly baked cookies, brownies, and promo items
Visit their website

Shake Shack
Where to find it: Park stand at Madison Square Park, and ... their Upper West Side restaurant:
366 Columbus Avenue, Northwest corner of 77th Street and Columbus Avenue
When: Noon
Free Treat: Cups of their famous custard OR signature Regular Arnold Palmer (TBD)
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