Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Dining Lot Festival to Gather a Fleet of 20-Plus Food Trucks

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 7:27 AM

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A new event will round up 20-plus food trucks for your dining pleasure while raising funds for Hands On Nashville and urban agriculture.

It's called Dining Lot: Nashville's Street Food Festival, and it's being organized by Holley Seals, the event planner behind Wanderland Urban Food Park. She says Dining Lot will be the biggest gathering yet of Nashville food trucks.

The inaugural Dining Lot (Holley says it will become annual event) has recruited 19 food trucks so far, and she says more trucks will be confirmed shortly. The party is set for 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Centennial Park. (The site is described as being near 26th Avenue North to the right of Parthenon Lawn.)

Tickets are $5 in advance (available here), $7 at the gate, free for ages 6 and under. Your ticket includes admission, music, games and family activities — not your food. However, because a portion of the ticket proceeds goes to Hands On Nashville's urban agriculture programs, your money benefits a really good cause.

And buying a ticket gives you a vote in the People's Choice ballot for best food truck at the event. Festival co-sponsors Nashville Food Bloggers will provide judging for the critics' award.

Seals says she will post updates to the roster of food trucks soon, but here's a preliminary list of those confirmed. Some are longtime favorites and some are new:

Music City Cravings
Blue Monkey Shaved Ice
Deg Thai
Yayo's OMG
The Sugar Wagon
Bistro Truck
Rollin' & Smokin'
The Coffee Truck
The Hot Spot
Maggie's Mobile Slab
Mere Bulles
Sum Yum Yum
Dixie Belle's Cupcakes
The Bean and Tater
Puckett's Trolley
Macky's Italian Ice
Hoss' Stuffed Burgers
Izzie's Ice

Seals says she's also reaching out to trucks in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis to give the festival a regional component.

Nashvillians, even we cultivated and considerate food fans, aren't known for buying tickets in advance, but that would be a great idea here. Not only do you secure your admission, you give the trucks a better idea of how much food to prepare.

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