Tallmadge -- A community gathering that revolves around food trucks -- one of the latest culinary trends -- is coming to the Tallmadge Recreation Center June 1.
A joint venture of the Recreation Center and Tallmadge Chamber of Commerce, the 2014 Tallmadge Food Truck Festival, is scheduled from noon to 6 p.m. at the Recreation Center's parking lot. Admission is free, but attendees must pay for their food.
Overflow parking is available at Tallmadge High School.
According to Assistant Recreation Facilities Manager Jessica Simons, nine food trucks are expected to participate. They are: Boca Loca Burrito Factory, The Nosh Box (Southern homestyle comfort food), Zydecco Bistro (Creole and Cajun cuisine), The Beachcomber (marinated sandwiches and other classic American foods), Sweet! Mobile Cupcakery, Popsmith (frozen treats on a stick), Stone Pelican Rolling Cafe (wraps and quesadillas), Mobile Sushi Bar (made-to-order sushi and other Asian cuisine) and East Coast Original Frozen Custard.
Picnic tables and tall bar-style tables will be available for Food Truck Fest patrons.
Chamber will be selling water and soda to raise money either for its scholarship fund or for local charities.
Children can take part in simple games and crafts, and The Swizzle Stick Band that plays music from several genres will perform live.
Simons said she hopes the annual event in its first year will attract about 5,000 people.
She said she attended a similar festival last year in Fairlawn and thought the idea would work in Tallmadge. At the same time she was organizing the food truck festival, Simons said a member of Chamber also was doing something similar, so the Recreation Center and Chamber joined forces.
Simons said the city is trying to put on more events in response to last year's community survey, in which residents said they want more large events.
"I think somebody would want to attend something like this because it's different. We don't have a lot of food trucks in Tallmadge specifically because we're not a big city where you see those things all the time," she said. "So, I think it's kind of fun to bring something from the big city into a smaller community like ours."
Simons said she thinks people will enjoy being able to try various "upscale" foods that typically aren't available here.
"It'll make for a nice Sunday afternoon for the people to come out and experience," Simons said.
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