Food Truck Festival rolls in Oct. 2

Food Truck Festival rolls in Oct. 2

Sixty food truck sellers are expected to line Most important Avenue in downtown Very little Rock on Oct. 2 and the party chairwoman hopes additional than 40,000 folks will exhibit up with hungry appetites.

The Meals Truck Pageant, sponsored by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership and the Major Road Revitalization Committee, includes foods and other vendors parked on Major Street from amongst 3rd and Eighth streets. The 2019 competition — 2020 was canceled owing to the covid-19 pandemic — captivated additional than 45,000 foodstuff-truck fans.

This 12 months marks the 10th Meals Truck Pageant and Campbell and her workforce of volunteers have included new capabilities. For the very first time, live shows are scheduled the Rodney Block Collective is the headliner, scheduled to conduct at 7 p.m. in the parking good deal at the corner of Most important Road and Capitol Avenue (the web site of the Minimal Rock wagon mural). Two other bands are scheduled to open for Block.

Becky Barnes Campbell has been a volunteer for the Food Truck Competition for six several years. This is her first time to chair the function. As the mom of a 2 1/2-12 months-aged son and the co-companion of Campbell Ward community affairs organization, she stays chaotic. But she states she is backed by a great board and support from the Downtown Tiny Rock Partnership.

Campbell suggests her most loved aspect of the competition is introducing folks to downtown Minimal Rock who may have “a preconceived notion” about the region.

“I was born and lifted in Arkansas. I appreciate it right here. So any time I can brag on my condition, my town and the terrific issues we are undertaking below, I totally take that chance,” she says.

Campbell and her partner lived downtown for quite a few years before going to the Park Hill region of North Little Rock ahead of their son was born. Her place of work is downtown.

“That was the to start with position that we lived together following we acquired married so it will always have a extremely special area in my heart,” she suggests.

The festival is a fundraising event for the Downtown Partnership via sponsorships and charges paid by suppliers. Sellers continue to keep 100% of their profits.

“It is a major fundraising event for them but what is genuinely significant is to convey people downtown and definitely showcase all we have, all the fantastic factors of not only Central Arkansas but the entire condition simply because we have vans and suppliers that occur from all more than,” Campbell suggests.

“If nothing at all else, if individuals can come to the pageant and have their eyes open to ‘Wow, you can find so a great deal to do down here’ and they keep coming back, which is seriously the objective.”

The Downtown Minimal Rock Partnership started focusing on Main Street’s vacant buildings and boarded up windows much more than 10 many years back when the Key Street Revitalization Process Drive was fashioned, in accordance to info on the partnership’s website about the heritage of the celebration.

“The Main Avenue Food Truck Competition was an plan designed by the job drive as a way to deliver men and women back to Key Street and assistance Downtown Minimal Rock Partnership in the approach,” the web-site claims. “The Food Truck Festival was a single of a lot of great strategies that productively labored to revitalize Most important Street into a bustling, energetic downtown group.”

The internet site also outlined numerous awards and honors bestowed on the festival, like Competition of the Yr by the Arkansas Competition & Situations Association’s ALFIE Award in 2018 and 2019 and currently being named a Southern Travel Treasure by AAA Southern Traveler in 2017.

The family members-welcoming function also contains a kids’ zone with video games, bounce houses and other pursuits geared especially to little ones and families, Campbell claims. This 12 months, the hours of the festival have been extended to 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Covid-19 vaccinations will be accessible at the festival. And organizers are doing work to turn out to be a zero-squander event and will compost or recycle as a lot trash as feasible, Campbell says.

Entrance to the pageant is absolutely free. A lot more information is obtainable at mainstreetfoodtrucks. com.