By Catherine Miller | Metro WNY
SOUTH BUFFALO – After a full season of fun and festivities at the Larkin Square the Holiday Live at Larkin event brought the outdoor concert and event season to a close on Dec 6.
Holiday Live at Larkin featured the unique song stylings of Robot Holiday, and a portion of the proceeds benefited the WNY Food Bank. Despite the colds temps and brisk winds the holiday party was attended to by hundreds of people from all over Western New York.
“We heard about it and we thought it would be a great time so we came down,” stated Pat Gorman from North Tonawanda. He wasn’t the only one. The events that were initially accommodated by local street parking have found the need to advance to the nearby parking lots to provide space for all event-goers that now frequent the Larkin Square events.
One of the reasons for the increased crowds may be the recent addition of the food trucks to the events that already feature live music, a themed marketplace and a fun, relaxed setting.
“I had to come over and try the pulled pork sandwich,” stated one hungry attendee who admitted that his friends were in the indoor heated tent raving about the food from the Whole Hog food truck. Hot off the Press, the Black Market and the Roaming Buffalo were also in food truck attendance for the event.
“This is our first year in business and it’s going great,” stated Brenden Haggerty, owner and idea man behind the Whole Hog Food Truck, whose menu features everything from fresh pulled pork and homemade macaroni and cheese, to features such as a deep green salad with roasted acorn squash and a balsamic dressing. Not the kind of food you would expect to get from a truck.
The Buffalo food trucks that have grown in popularity in the last two seasons are now regular inhabitants of the Larkin Square on Tuesday evenings throughout the warmer months. The trucks also make appearances during the Wednesday night Live at Larkin concert event series, serving everything from fresh Thai food to steaming Panini sandwiches. Although the season may have ended, they are already scheduled to be back up and running for a new season on June 14 when Larkin will kick off another season of fun and festivities.
If you can’t wait that long to visit Larkin Square you may not have to. Watch Larkin’s website at www.larkinsquare.com where you will find information on any spring happenings that get planned prior to their regular outdoor season.
Buffalo food truck aficionados can still visit their favorite food trucks while their seasons wind down by keeping tabs on truck locations at www.buffalofoodtrucks.com. Many of the trucks are also available to cater your next event.
Larkinville will be continuing their activities in the warmth of the indoor Filling Station with their author series in January. Kathleen McCleary is scheduled to appear on Jan 13 and Buffalo’s own Charity Vogel scheduled for Jan 22 when she will discuss her book, “The Angola Horror”.
Despite the cold weather, there is always something happening at the Larkin Square and Filling Station.