A food truck open for customers

Food, friends and community are what National Night Out is all about, and Uptown Greenville has partnered with the Greenville Police department to promote safety within the Greenville community for a third annual event.

Uptown has been reaching out to local and regional food truck owners since May to organize this summer’s festival and to encourage students, families, and friends to go out to celebrate. The national awareness campaign for police and community partnerships is celebrated on August 4.

Uptown Greenville intern Gabby Khoury has headed this year’s event. With local and traveling vendors, Khoury said returning trucks like “Freaky Fresh Food” and “Chirba Chirba” are crowd favorites. The Greenville native has her personal favorites she looks out for each year.

“We have a lot of returning trucks this year, which is exciting because people who come out will want to see their favorite vendors again,” said Khoury. “We have all different kinds of food that will be offered, from mediterranean to veggie burgers, and even wood fired pizza.”

Attendees of the National Night Out Street Food Festival will have the opportunity to try new foods and see what the rave about food trucks is all about. With snack foods, dinner options, and even dessert foods available from different vendors, Greenville residents won’t have to travel far to experience the flavors of the east coast.

“There will even be a Coldstone truck serving ice cream and another truck offers New Orleans Beignets,” said Khoury.

In partnership with the Greenville Police Department, the Five Points Plaza in the uptown area will provide a safe community environment for the Street Food Festival. The festival is getting larger each year, and the third annual Street Food Festival will be the biggest Greenville has seen with an anticipated audience of 2,000 to 3,000 people.

“We want to hopefully, eventually, expand [the Street Food Festival] to a down-the-street thing, all the way up Evans Street and into the Uptown Area,” said Khoury. “We don’t want to have so many trucks that they don’t make money, but if we can get to a point where we have a ton of trucks and great turn out, we’d love to have everybody come out and have a good time and make some money.”

There will be a live D.J. performing and games are planned for students, families and Greenville residents to play for prizes.

“We’d love to see ECU students come out and see what it’s all about,” said Khoury. “We want to try and do something like this often ‒ to promote local business and encourage people to participate in safe community events.”

National Night Out Food Truck Festival will be held at the Five Points Plaza from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4.

 

This writer can be contacted at arts@theeastcarolinian.com

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