Food trucks are rolling into Grand Rapids for annual festival

Food trucks are rolling into Grand Rapids for annual festival

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Food truck in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday, May 17, 2018. (Karl Blessing/The Collegiate)

The Grand Rapids Food Truck Association will be hosting the second annual Rollin’ Out Food Truck Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Heartside Park in downtown Grand Rapids.

Up to 30 food trucks are expected to fill the Heartside Park area from Wealthy Street to Williams Street on Ionia with an array of foods.

“We had the festival last year,” said Lauren D’Angelo, owner of Patty Matters food truck and member of GRFTA. “It started because Grand Rapids changed the city ordinance because food trucks couldn’t operate in Grand Rapids.”

The food truck festival is another way to get members of the community out in the streets of Grand Rapids.  

“Where the festival is being held is an underutilized part of the city, so we put on the festival to aid the food trucks that are operating in the city, helping revitalize parts of the city, too,” D’Angelo said. “Like when we go to Calder Plaza to help draw people out there. When we set up the food trucks out there we get around 100 people.”

Some of the confirmed food trucks for the festival include Blue Spoon, Ananda Ice, Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Nick’s Gyros, Crepes by the Lakes and many more.

The festival will not only feature food trucks but also live music provided by local talent Trilogy, Delilah DeWylde and PJ DA DJ from noon to 6 p.m. The Downtown Market will also present a beer garden in their parking lot from noon to 6 p.m., which will feature their picks of “Best of the Market” draft beers.  

The Rollin’ Out Food Truck Festival is a family-friendly outdoor event where two and four-legged family members are welcome to join the festivities. For more information on the Rollin’ Out Food Truck Festival and a full list of participating food trucks, visit their Facebook event page.

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