There will be plenty to eat and drink downtown this weekend.
On Sunday the city will host the Mayberry Food Truck Fest.
Lizzie Morrison, coordinator for Mount Airy Downtown Inc., said the Food Truck Fest is something her organization has been wanting to organize for a number of years. She is hoping it becomes an annual outing.
Some downtown streets will close to vehicles at noon Sunday. Main Street will be shut down from Oak Street (where the museum is) down to Pine Street. A bandstand will be placed at Oak Street where it intersects Main Street, and parts of Moore and Franklin Streets will also play host to the event.
The Will Jones Band will perform at the event, and those who attend are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to have a seat while enjoying food, beer and music, said Morrison. A few special guests will join the band on stage sporadically throughout the event.
Admission to the event is free. Food from the trucks may be purchased.
Because of the presence of alcohol, however, Morrison said there will be a check-in table located at each end of the festival grounds. Those who wish to drink beer from one of the breweries to be present will need to purchase a cup and wristband for $5.
Morrison said the commemorative cup, which will have the Mayberry Food Truck Fest logo on it; the wristband buys an individual the right to purchase beer from Skull Camp and Carolina breweries. A third brewery may attend but has yet to confirm.
“That’s the fundraising aspect,” said Morrison, as any proceeds from the cups and bands will benefit Mount Airy Downtown.
Fundraising isn’t the reason for Sunday’s festival, however, said Morrison, simply hoping it is a “break-even” event.
“It is in line with our vision for downtown,” said Morrison.
She said March remains a bit of an off-season for the downtown area, and Sunday’s event will give locals a reason to head downtown and hopefully shop at a few local businesses. Additionally, culinary tourism is becoming big, and the fest might be a good way to begin tapping into that market.
Morrison said Sunday’s event should offer something for everyone. In addition to the beer vendors, 26 food trucks are slated to line the streets. Those include trucks offering barbecue, tacos, Greek cuisine, pizza, traditional carnival foods, Cajun food, Haitian food, seafood and a farm-to-table truck.
There will also be a wide selection of trucks offering sweet treats, including a cheesecake truck, as well as a coffee truck.
Morrison said there will be a couple of local food trucks at the event. However, most trucks will travel from larger North Carolina cities such as Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh. Two trucks will be making the trip from West Virginia.
The festival will wrap up by 5 p.m.
Andy is a staff writer and may be reached at 415-4698.