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Main Street Food Truck Festival Filling Mouths and Hopes of Downtown

Submitted by Jacob Kauffman on September 20, 2013 – 1:04 pmNo Comment

Thousands of people will be descending on Main Street in Little Rock to partake in the fare of 25 food trucks, multiple beer gardens, street performers, and live music on Saturday, Oct. 5.  It’s all part of the third annual Main Street Food Truck Festival.

The increase in the number of food trucks and in the interest of foodie culture is a growing trend nationwide, garnering a good deal of customers.  The number of food trucks throughout Little Rock is similarly increasing and culminates every October with the festival.

Sharon Priest, who is with an organization called the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said the activity surrounding the festival in the past has made an impression in the minds of many denizens in the way they view downtown Little Rock.

“When we first started three years ago, there was not even a rumor of anything happening on Main Street and when people came down for that first food truck festival they saw a Main Street that had a lot of empty buildings and nothing going on,” said Priest.

“When they came last year, they came across a whole lot of construction fencing and this year it will be a combination of buildings that have been completed and have people both working and living in them. It’s been an evolution and fun to watch.”

Priest said she believes activities like the Food Truck Festival are successful and lasting for all parties involved.

“The impact is having people. It’s important for us that people get used to coming back to Main Street. We feel that has been extremely successful. In terms of the vendors I think they are pleased or else they wouldn’t be coming back,” said Priest.

As far as the tastes of the festival, Priest said that just about any palette will find something to enjoy, “We’ve got everything from barbecue, ice cream, Asian food, Hungarian food, Mexican food, all kinds of things. We have new food trucks this year as well.”

The festival has drawn crowds of over 5,000 in the past. The inclusion of three beer gardens, street performers, six musical acts, and additional food trucks may attract even larger crowds this year. As of our deadline the music line-up has not been announced, but it’s likely to feature local music familiar to many bar patrons and fans of local music acts.

Attendees can enjoy the festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. between 3rd and 7th on Main Street to drink, browse, and revel in an afternoon of food and music.

This event is not just about funnel cakes and low-quality food. The food trucks at the festival offer highly reviewed dishes and some vendors that are successful enough to rival many traditional brick and mortar establishments.

While many of the food trucks are available year-round throughout Little Rock, the festival is a once a year occurrence. Some trucks do gather every Friday in September, but this event will be markedly different thanks to the live entertainment and to the influx of many more trucks.

Admission to the festival is free and should provide a fun afternoon of entertainment and sampling.


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