Dayton, TX: Dayton to host first Friday Night Food Truck event, Nov. 8

Curtis Jones of After The Game Food trailer was a regular to Food Truck Friday during the early days of the event. Tami Green and her son Austin gave thumbs up for the food.

By David Taylor  |  Houston Chronicle

Liberty County area foodies will now get a chance to participate in the first Friday Food Truck event on Nov. 8.

The event has been held almost weekly since August of 2018 and has hosted both local and some out-of-town food trucks including Cousins Maine Lobster. In addition to a DJ, live music by local favorite Southern Breeze Band will offer visitors a chance to dance in the street or relax with a cold beer or a glass of wine in the beer garden (must be 21 to enter). Bounce houses and other children’s activities are planned for the little ones, and then there’s the food. Nine wonderful food trucks offering a variety of tasty options from Cajun and Mexican foods to burgers, BBQ, and desserts.

Admission and parking are free. No outside alcohol will be allowed.

Maine natives Sabin Lomac, 35 and Jim Tselikis, 32 started Cousins Maine Lobster as a single food truck in Los Angeles in April of 2012, serving up authentic, sustainable lobster rolls. After an appearance on the ABC show Shark Tank that netted the duo a $55,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran, Cousins has taken off and has now visited Dayton.

Miguel Espino, from Conroe, was just passing through and doing some work in the area. He stopped by and bought fish from Breanna Pennington of Fish Tales Food Truck in Dayton

The Friday Night Bites event is a continuation of the successful daytime food event, held at the same location at 111 Church St. in downtown Dayton, but this one will be on a bigger scale, according to organizers.

The evening event will not only feature the appealing cuisine specialties offered by the entrepreneurs, but live music, street dancing, children’s activities, and a beer and wine garden.

The event was added to the city’s calendar in response to residents who wanted the food trucks at later hours.

“We’ve had many people ask us to hold an evening event so that people who can’t make it during the day could attend,” said Dayton’s Assistant City Manager Kimberly Judge. “The response so far has been amazing, and it’s grown into more than just food trucks.”

It’s also a great opportunity to bring people to the Downtown District, an area that City leaders are hoping to make a regular occurrence.

With the downtown revitalization efforts already underway, Judge said the city is creating venues to bring people into the downtown area to shop and eat.

“By having it on the corner of Highway 90 and Church Street, one of the key openings to our area, it has been a perfect location to bring people to for food and fun,” she said.

If it seemed there might be some resistance from local business, it’s been very little.

“One of the things we’ve done with our local businesses is to offer them first to participate in Food Truck Friday,” Judge said. Some do, she said, but others are unable because of conflicting schedules.

Judge said she doesn’t see it as infringing on local business.

For more information, contact the City of Dayton Planning Department at 936-258-2642.