By Allison Chorney | Airdrie City View
The Airdrie Farmer’s Market is gearing up to host a second foodie extravaganza at the Food Truck Frenzy 2.0 on Aug. 28.
“I think it’s going to be bigger than the last one,” said Candice Kolson, manager of the Airdrie Farmers Market.
The first Food Truck Frenzy event was held on June 19, with thousands of Airdrionians attending but the day was a gloomy one with sporadic bouts of rain, which Kolson believes kept some people away.
“The last one was really great but I think because of the weather we didn’t get as many people out as we could have but the trucks still sold out of food,” she said.
For the event, four or five trucks will arrive early to set up and be ready to serve lunch at about 11:30 a.m. By 3:30 p.m., when the market opens, all the trucks will be ready to serve up their good eats until 7 p.m. and the lunch trucks will also stick around to serve the dinner crowd.
“I think people want to know what the hype is about,” Kolson said of the popularity of food trucks. “They’ve seen it on TV and it’s the new trend. It’s a great time for them to come out and try a bit of everything.”
Kolson said the event is doubling as a food drive for the Airdrie Food Bank and she asks everyone planning to attend to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank in lieu of charging admission for the popular event.
“Please, please bring a donation for the food bank because this is what it’s all about,” she said.
Kolson adds the market’s regular vendors will also be open at the event and reminds residents to check out the fresh produce and items they have for sale.
She said events like this helps increase traffic at the market, which is open every Wednesday at the Plainsmen Arena from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. until Thanksgiving.
“Typically, when the kids go back to school, we see a major drop off in foot traffic at the market,” Kolson said.
Kolson said the market has seen great success at its new location this year, thanks in part to better parking and more room to grow.
“We hope to fill (the Plainsmen Arena parking lot location) and make the market a destination for everyone,” she said. “We want it to be an event Airdrie can be proud of.”