The Arkansas food truck scene has exploded over the past decade. These entrepreneurs are taking their talents, quite literally, to the streets.
"This is what positive energy looks like," says Ceci McDowell, owner of Ceci's Chicken and Waffles. McDowell is the organizer of the Ceci's Chicken and Waffles Food Truck Festival, which will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at the cormer of 9th and Broadway, adjacent to the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. "I have over 20 food trucks and 20 vendors, and it's free to the public."
McDowell hopes to bring folks out for good food and to show support for these small, budding businesses.
"It's hard for entrepreneurs, who are not getting loans to get into thi. We work really hard to do this. I'm glad to show an example for food trucks. We are dedicating it to people who lost others to COVID." McDowell lost one of her own, her sister Charlice "Lisa" McDowell, to the pandemic.
Amongst the food trucks that will be on site are Regina Sweet Heat, MacIntosh Grill on Wheels, Cheesecake On Point, Jefferson's Mobile Catering, Juicy J Chicken and Fish, Hi Honey, Jude's Delight, Betta Babez, Fry Fry Crazy, Sandra Rose Cajun Seafood, KJayz, The Lemon Spot, La Casa de Ma Abuelita
There will be a lot more, too. A church choir lead by Lavell Davidson, who was on The Voice,will perform. There will be a bounce house and activities for the kids. And again, it's free to the public. The small charge for the food truck operators goes to covering the cost of porta-potties, barricades, and police-provided security.
It's an opportunity for many of these entrepreneurs to get some community exposure, too, particularly those run by people ofcolor who were not able to participate in the Main Street Food Truck Festival last month. The extended hours should work well for churchgoers who want to come out for lunch after services.
Again, the event is Sunday, October 8th from noon until 7 p.m. at the corner of 9th and Broadway. Come hungry.