By Nancy De Gennaro | The Daily News Journal
MURFREESBORO — If you’re into the food truck phenomenon, you won’t want to miss a trip to Uncle Dave Macon Days this year.
The old-time music and dance festival takes place Friday through Sunday at Cannonsburgh Pioneer Village, 312 S. Front St. Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday. Daily admission is $5 for adults and free for ages 12 and younger.
The food trucks will be set up along Hickerson Drive on the other side of Front Street, and along Front Street.
Festival organizers were “looking for something new and exciting” and approached Nashville Food Truck Association’s Dallas Shaw for help.
“They know food trucks have really taken off in Nashville and offer a higher quality meal,” said Shaw, who owns and operates Hoss’ Loaded Burgers. “We offer healthier, fresher foods than you’d normally find at a fair vendor.”
Shaw’s burger truck uses freshly ground, locally sourced grass-fed beef for his burgers. Many of the other food trucks use organic produce and meats, and some offer gluten-free options as well as vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu items.
Along with fresher foods, Shaw said the NFTA also helps feed the local economy.
Among the food trucks will be:
Jeni’s Splended Ice Creams
Jeni’s makes ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt “from the ground up” using grass-grazed milk, local produce, American bean-to-bar chocolate, fair trade-certified vanilla, Dutch cocoa and other select ingredients. You’ll find the basic flavors as well as some exotic ones.
The Grilled Cheeserie
Created by Los Angeles transplants Crystial De Luna-Bogan, a Le Cordon Blue-trained chef, and her husband, Joseph, a musician and foodie, the award-winning Grilled Cheeserie offers gourmet cheese grilled on good bread.
Hoss’ Loaded Burgers
Ramp up your burger with Hoss’ Old Timer Burger with all the fixin’s. Sides include Parmesan or Cajun fries. Get your burger made with Hoss’ locally sourced, freshly ground, grass-fed beef or a vegan soy patty.
If you’re tired of a tortilla, opt for filling a pita instead. Choose from fresh veggies, lean meats and cheese. Many ingredients are vegetarian and even Mediterranean-inspired toppings such as hummus and falafel.
Music City Pie Company
If you think dessert when you hear the word “pie,” think again. Music City Pie Company offers the meat-filled pies as well as seasonal sweet fruit and custard pies.
Choose chicken, your way with Smokin’ Thighs’ step-by-step method. Start with wings, thighs or legs. Then choose the style — on the bone, in a pile or on Texas toast. Next pick your flavor, from hot and sweet, medium, Gringo Good or Dry Rub. And step four, add toppings such as onions, mushrooms, pineapple, jalapenos, bacon, cheese and more. Sides include macaroni and cheese, slaw, chips and more.
Julia’s Sweets Truck
Baked right here in Murfreesboro, Julia’s Sweets Truck offers made-from-scratch cupcakes, mini pies, cookies and novelty bakery treats fresh from Julia’s Homestyle Bakery.
If you’re looking for gourmet meat-and-three, Miller’s Grocery fills the bill. The food truck offers a sampling of the Southern-style gourmet eats and award-winning desserts.
From crispy fish tacos and toztadas to quesadillas, Yayo’s Original Mexican Gourmet offers hand-held flavors south of the border.