The marathon and half marathon courses go right past the market on Rosa Parks Boulevard, which is Mile Marker 11 on the course, so you'll be able to see all the runners, the fastest of whom will probably run by as early as 7:45 a.m. The viewing party lasts until 11 a.m. and will include food truck fare and beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks for purchase and is free and open to all ages. There will be live music and an appearance by Mayor Karl Dean as well.
VIP tickets are available for $50 per person and include a brunch catered by Riffs Fine Street Food, two drink tickets, and a dedicated seated marathon viewing and cheering area. Take note: If you want to park at the market, you'll need to arrive before 6 a.m. because Rosa Park Boulevard will be closed starting at that time. Any time after that, you'll need to park and walk or bike over to the market to join in the viewing party. Marathon road closure information can be found on the marathon's website.
Starting at noon (when Rosa Parks Boulevard is scheduled to reopen for automobile traffic), the real “Market Takeover” begins, as more than 15 Nashville Food Truck Association trucks showcase their skills and the great food available at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. There will be more live music, beverages for purchase, and seasonal menu items from the following trucks:
Riffs Fine Street Food, Smoke Et Al, Grilled Cheeserie, Jonbalaya, Music City Pie Co, Retro Sno, Delta Bound, Bacon Nation, Two Guys in a Lunch Box, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Hip Sweet Subs, Smoothie King and Julia’s Bakery.
Chef Laura Wilson of the Grow Local Kitchen will unveil a secret ingredient from the market that trucks must incorporate into their menus, and customers will have chances to win prizes from the food trucks by following the action and posting photos via social media with the hashtag #markettakeover. Additionally, at 3:30 p.m., members of the local media will compete in a street-food contest in the Grow Local Kitchen. They will prepare a recipe using ingredients supplied by the trucks, and a panel of food truck chefs will select a winner. This portion of the event is also free and open to all ages.
Additionally, the night before the market takeover, the market will host the first Riffs Food Truck Jam of the year on the grassy area just north of the market proper. Lve entertainment and food truck fare from 5 until 9 p.m.
Nashville Food Truck Association “Market Takeover”
Saturday, April 26
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.
Marathon Viewing Party and VIP Brunch: 6 to 11 a.m.
Market Takeover Event and Contest: noon to 6 p.m.
Riffs Food Truck Jam: Friday, April 25, 5 to 9 p.m. (updated)