West Chester, OH: Union Centre Food Truck Rally to Benefit Boys and Girls Club

Greg Lynch Red Sesame Korean BBQ/Taco is one of several food trucks that will be participating in the Aug. 30 Union Centre Food Truck Rally.

By Amanda Seitz  | MiddletownJournal.com

Greg Lynch Red Sesame Korean BBQ/Taco is one of several food trucks that will be participating in the Aug. 30 Union Centre Food Truck Rally.
Greg Lynch
Red Sesame Korean BBQ/Taco is one of several food trucks that will be participating in the Aug. 30 Union Centre Food Truck Rally.

The aromas of grilled cheese, Korean barbecue, fresh baked cupcakes and chili will attract hundreds here later this month when the township hosts its first food truck rally.

The Union Centre Food Truck Rally, planned for Aug. 30, will bring 15 food trucks to the township’s community square. Alcoholic beverage sales from the event, which is being organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant’s Association, will benefit the launch of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty Twp.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Twp. plans to launch a Boys and Girls Club thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Community Foundation officials hope to raise enough money, eventually, to build a club complex.

Food trucks have become a popular type of eatery nationwide, said Shellie Leder, the secretary for the merchant’s association. She said the township has a strong business community to support the food truck rally event.

“We’re hoping a lot of businesses in the area bring their offices done for lunch and then come down after work (for the event),” Leder said. “West Chester, it’s a thriving city here. We do have food trucks in West Chester on a regular basis.”

Emily Frank, who operates a food truck called C’est Cheese that serves up gourmet grilled cheese in Cincinnati and greater Cincinnati neighborhoods, is one of the business owners that frequents West Chester Twp. to peddle her food. She will sell several different kinds of grilled cheese at the Union Centre Food Truck Rally.

Greg Lynch Crowds line up during the Food Truck Caravan on Aug. 8 at Whole Foods Market in Mason. The Union Centre Food Truck Rally will take place Aug 30 in West Chester Twp. That event will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.
Greg Lynch
Crowds line up during the Food Truck Caravan on Aug. 8 at Whole Foods Market in Mason. The Union Centre Food Truck Rally will take place Aug 30 in West Chester Twp. That event will benefit The Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty.

“I’m primarily in the suburbs,” Frank said. “It’s a big misconception that food trucks are only in downtown (Cincinnati). Food trucks are not a fad, they’re here to stay.”

A variety of food will be served up at the food truck rally. Some of the trucks will serve serve desserts, such as cupcakes or shaved ice, while other will focus on main courses, including pizza, burgers and waffle sandwiches. Variety is part of the appeal of a food truck rally, Leder said.

“I have five in my family and we can’t agree on what to eat. (Food trucks) solve that problem,” she said.

The rally, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, will feature live music throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale and the proceeds from those sales will benefit Boys and Girls Club of West Chester and Liberty Twp.


HOW TO GO

WHAT: Union Centre Food Truck Rally benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30

WHERE: The Square @ Union Centre, 9285 Centre Pointe Drive, West Chester Twp.

ANTICIPATED VENDORS:

  • Cafe de Wheels Cincy
  • Catch-a-Fire Pizza
  • C’est Cheese Food Truck
  • EAT! Mobile Dining and Jason Perkins, personal chef
  • Gold Star Chili Mobile
  • Eclectic Comfort Food
  • Kaimelsky’s
  • Red Sesame Korean BBQ/ Taco
  • Roll With It Cafe
  • Waffo
  • Chill Shaved Ice Bar
  • The Cone
  • Kona Ice
  • SugarSnap! Truck

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