Little Rock, AR: Main Street Food Truck Festival planned for September

THV11’s Laura Monteverdi takes a look at the new Conway Food Truck Park (Photo: THV11)

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THV11’s Laura Monteverdi takes a look  at the new Conway Food Truck Park (Photo: THV11)
THV11’s Laura Monteverdi takes a look at the new Conway Food Truck Park
(Photo: THV11)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Downtown LR) – Exciting news is “ahoof” for the 6th annual Main Street Food Truck Festival (MSFTF) scheduled for Saturday, September 24.

“Last year a record 25,000 people came to Main Street in Little Rock for the festival,” said Gabe Holmstrom, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership (DLRP).  “This year we’ll be buzzing with even more activity as we welcome back our favorite food trucks, craft vendors, buskers  and…have a special visit from the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales!”

First introduced in 1933 after the repeal of Prohibition, the Clydesdales have served as a living symbol of not just Budweiser, but the unconquerable American spirit as well for over 80 years.  They are famous for their appearances in parades, television broadcasts and even Presidential inaugurations. The Clydesdales will be available for photo opportunities at the MSFTF.

The 2016 downtown Little Rock festival will span six city blocks on Main Street as well as several blocks west on Capitol Avenue, offering street eats from over 50 food trucks and food carts, artists at work, juried craft selections, buskers located on each block, Heifer International  children’s activities and well stocked beer gardens selling the coldest beer in town!

Attendees can enjoy the festival activities from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Main Street will be blocked off from 3rd to 8th streets and Main to Center streets on Capitol Avenue. Entrance to the festival is free.  Organizers are seeking 400 volunteers to assist with the event. Those interested in volunteering or in sponsorship should email or call 501-375-0121. Co-chairs for the 2016 MSFTF are Michael Sullivan, Cloud Media, and Bryce Nall, Golden Eagle of Arkansas.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership began focusing on downtown Little Rock Main Street’s empty buildings and boarded up windows six years ago. They formed a task force that has met monthly to guide plans for streetscape, safety and incentives for use of existing structures to spur development. The Main Street Food Truck Festival was created to support Downtown Little Rock Partnership in that process and to bring people back to Main Street.

Since the festival began the historic Mann on Main Building has reopened in the 300 block, now home to state offices, Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill, and Bruno’s Italian Restaurant, and residents, joining newcomers CJRW, and Waymack and Crew. Soul Fish Café and Bruno’s Deli are scheduled to open in time for the festival. The heart of Main Street has been named the Main Street Creative Corridor and will soon be also home to the Arkansas Symphony, Ballet Arkansas, the Little Rock Technology Park and others. A theater education class space for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre has opened across from the main theater on Main Street along with Cranford Co. and Matt McLeod Fine Art gallery around the corner. Urban Garden Montessori and Bennett’s Military Supplies have opened in the 600 block with Raimondo Winery scheduled to also open in the fall.

“It’s amazing to me to see the people who love the city and who have gotten involved in plans for Main Street revitalization,” said Mayor Mark Stodola. “We all know that investment in Main Street is an investment in our future as a city. With all of the investment in our new Main Street Creative Corridor, this year’s attendees will see a transformed Main Street!”

Last year the event caught the eye of online magazine and was listed as one of the top ten “Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States.” Arkansas Times readers have also voted the MSFTF as one of the top food festivals in Arkansas.