Temple, TX: Temple’s Food Truck Frenzy kicks off this month

By Sally Grace Holtgrieve  |  Temple Daily Telegram News

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The good news — or potentially bad, if you’re indecisive — is there will be about 20 food trucks in downtown Temple for people to regularly choose from.

Not to worry, there will be no need to gorge oneself beyond capacity. The trucks will return once a month.

Temple’s Food Truck Frenzy event makes its debut Jan. 23. The festival, created by the Temple Convention and Visitors Bureau, will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. The event will be in the city hall parking lot at 2 N. Main St.

The event will run all year with the exception of September, when Temple Parks and Recreation has their Food Truck Festival on the fourth Saturday of the month. Parks and Rec also has a Food Truck Festival in March, but because that one does not fall on the fourth Saturday of the month, the city will have its event as well.

March will be a good month for food truck fans.

The trucks’ home bases include Temple, Belton, Killeen, Nolanville, Buckholts, McGregor and Austin, Downtown Development Coordinator Debbie Charbonneau said.

Food options include salsas, Cajun food, milkshakes, smoothies, pizza, steaks, sandwiches, popcorn, hot dogs, desserts and more.

“Every month there will be some variation in the trucks,” Charbonneau said. “For example, right now I have three unable to come in January, but they can come in February.”

Chairs and tables will be set up around the trucks and music will be played.

“Right now, we’re not having live entertainment,” Charbonneau said. “But we’ll have a sound system with music playing and we want to see the event grow so we can add to it.”

Charbonneau said the event’s goal is to create another opportunity that encourages people to come spend time downtown.

“We want everyone to come and enjoy the food truck cuisine,” she said, “but also support local businesses.”

Temple’s Director of Communications Shannon Gowan agreed.

“Revitalization and improvement of the downtown Temple area is certainly a focus for the city,” Gowan said. “The Food Truck Frenzy will be one of many events this year that encourages residents and visitors to come to downtown Temple.”

Charbonneau said downtown business owners have been sharing information about the event on social media and hanging fliers in their windows.

“The goal is for people to eat, walk, shop, enjoy the day and everything downtown has to offer,” she said.