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Thousands attend Evansville Food Truck Festival

Updated: May. 30, 2021 at 3:35 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - The Evansville Food Truck festival is happening until 9 p.m. Sunday at Bosse Field, and event organizers say thousands of people have stopped by.

There are 26 food trucks, and organizers say several of them have come hours away, even from different states.

The festival also includes an art row, including live painting, different artisan trucks, and some boutique truck.

There’s also live music from six bands.

“Our numbers are way up. We’re probably looking at a triple from pre-sale ticket sales. I think 4,500 was where we were at,” said President of Greater Evansville Media & Events, Joe Notter. “And the tickets are coming in every minute, so I get the alerts. So um, it’s exciting to be around that and know that we’re bringing so much to this community, and we’re bringing a great day for people to come back together. Unity right now is so important.”

Food truck owners say they’ve been nothing but grateful to be able to showcase their work and their food to so many people.

“This is what it’s about. Food truck life is a lifestyle and supporting your local communities and trucks right now and small family businesses. We need you more than ever. So, get your butt off of amazon and start shopping local,” said Morgan Hailey of Twisted Tacos.

The event also giving back to the community.

“And a portion, 10% of ticket sales will go back to the Gilda’s Club. We’re looking at maybe $5,000 or $6,000 that we’re going to write a check for later today,” Notter said.

Finally getting people back together, and this many people at that, a blessing for small business owners.

“This is my first year, food year of being a food truck owner and to be exposed in such a capacity is an honor and it’s a blessing,” Random Phillips, the owner of Random Fill Ups said.

Some trucks traveling thousands of miles just to get to Evansville for Sunday’s festival.

“I’ve been doing this for 15 years in the industry, we’ve had this truck for five years. All we do is travel around the U.S. for the largest festivals. We’re so excited that we’re doing festivals again and everybody can get out and have fun and support local and support small businesses,” Hailey said.

Organizers crediting the food trucks for the huge turnout.

“The food trucks are actually very pro-pandemic. They were the ones that stayed open, the restaurants shut down. The food trucks were going out and they were doing well. So hey, this is a sign of that. They’ve built their brands, their popularity. People love to order from a food truck here in Evansville,” Notter said.

There was so much more to the festival as well, including a hot dog eating contest and a half pot.

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