By Lacey Let | Kfor.com
A popular food truck festival in Oklahoma City brings in about 35,000 people every month and about 30 food trucks.
However, not all of the food trucks that want to participate are allowed in to the festival due to the popularity of H&8th.
In response, one man started his own festival a block away on N.W. 8th and Harvey, hoping that he and other food trucks can get in on the action.
Rickey Vick’s father just started “Eats on 8th.”
He owns The Galley Soul Food & More.
After failed attempts at getting accepted at H&8th, they’re doing an event themselves, on the same night, which is the last Friday of each month.
“Trying to find some way, to find some ways to make that system a bit transparent,” Rickey Vick said. “Rather than going through the red tape and jumping through some hoops, we decided it would be a little bit easier to just branch off, move down a bit so we aren’t necessarily taking away from their event.”
Rickey’s father spoke at a city council meeting last month, asking for a permit to close N.W. 8th and Harvey.
He also made an emotional plea to change the way H&8th picks their monthly food trucks.
Currently, there are 20 food trucks that have been there since it started.
“So, for them, we said, ‘Because you stood by us in the beginning, because you were there for us, you have a standing invitation to the event,” Brian Bergman, H&8th organizer, said.
10 others are accepted based on a lottery system.
Brian Bergman says this allows new trucks into the festival, but Vick doesn’t think it’s fair.
“Mathematically, that gives 10 food trucks from the State of Oklahoma the opportunity to participate, inevitably locking a majority of the operators out of the event,” Rick Vick said.
“Eats on 8th” did get their permit to close a portion of 8th St.
Now, both organizers hope to benefit from each other.
“We have all of these things already and we’re great with it because it’s all about having a great night, seeing people out on the street….we benefit from all of it,” Bergman said.
“We’re not trying to take away from it. But I honestly think it’s just going to make it bigger because now there’s only a road in between both events and I feel like that road will be filled eventually as well,” Rickey Vick said.
“H&8th” starts at 7 p.m. on N.W. 8th and Hudson.
“Eats on 8th” starts at 6 p.m. on Harvey and 8th Street.