Detroit, MI: Crazy ’bout The Food Trucks

The Shimmy Shack food truck was one of many located at Ford Field on Saturday.

By Kurt Kuban  |  Home Town Life

The Shimmy Shack food truck was one of many located at Ford Field on Saturday.
The Shimmy Shack food truck was one of many located at Ford Field on Saturday.

There’s just something about the food trucks that have a way of attracting large crowds to downtown Northville – especially when you throw in a little live music, a beer tent, classic car show and an outdoor movie.

Add it all up and you had another great downtown event Saturday when the Northville Chamber of Commerce held its 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival. The chamber did throw in a little wrinkle this year, moving the event down to Ford Field from Main Street where there was a little more room. The move allowed the chamber to expand the event, bringing in more than a dozen food trucks that served up a wide variety of food.

“I think the move down to Ford Field worked out really well,” said Northville Chamber Executive Director Jody Humphries. “It was pretty busy all day. I think we had more people than we were expecting. We couldn’t be happier about the turnout. Everyone really seemed to be having a great time.”

Northville resident Vivian Batarse brought her two daughters – Nicole and Brittney – and their friend, Sydney Reed, to the event. One of the reasons she moved to the community, she said, was due to all the downtown events put on during the course of the year.

“It seems there’s something going on almost every weekend, especially during the summertime. It’s really nice,” Batarse said.

The move down to Ford Field didn’t seem to hurt any of the downtown businesses. All of the restaurants were jammed packed for much of the day.

The food truck vendors did pretty well, too, as most drew lengthy lines right to the end of the day.

Vanessa Domenick, who was manning the Kona Ice truck, said she was “crazy busy” all day.

“We did better than I was expecting, especially with all of the other trucks here,” she said, estimating her sales in “the hundreds.”

Other food trucks included The Pita Post, Jacques’ Tacos, Shimmy Shack, The Rolling Stoves, Concrete Cuisine, Rollin Stone Pizza, Mystic Kettle, Qais Truck, Treat Dreams, Dago Joe’s, Ol’ Tyme Good Humor Ice Cream, Stewards for Strangers, Time2Chill and Wooden Spork.

The classic car show was also a big hit, with 48 different cars registered and displayed around the perimeter of Ford Field. The winners were:

• Best of Show: Ed and Chris Szelap – 1978 Clenet Series 1

• Car Most Likely to be Pulled Over: Kelly Marentette – 1969 Pontiac GTO

• People’s Choice: Christine Zeeman – 1965 Chevy Corvette Coupe

In addition to the live music throughout the day, the chamber also brought in a large outdoor movie screen and played Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 that many families took advantage of.

All in all, it was a pretty busy day at Ford Field and throughout downtown Northville.