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June 18, 2014

Q5: Food trucks and tunes are a hit downtown

STILLWATER, Okla. — The second “Fridays, Food Trucks and Tunes” will be held Friday on Seventh Avenue and Main Street in downtown Stillwater. The event is held the third Friday of each month through September. It begins at 6 p.m. and ends at 9. The Chris Firey Trio will be performing live music.

Amy Jo Frazier, BID Coordinator, talked about the event’s early success and what people can expect to see this month.

1 What gave you the idea to start “Fridays, Food Trucks and Tunes?”

It’s funny, when I decided that I wanted to do this six or seven months ago, I just kinda had a feeling that this would work. That was when food trucks started to really take a hold of Stillwater, and you see it across the nation.

2 What has the event’s reception been like?

Two weeks before we had our first event last month, I started posting things to Facebook. A typical post may reach anywhere from 300 to 900 people. Those food truck posts were reaching about 6,000. I knew then that there would be people there. Long story short, there were over 2,000 people there for the very first one.

3 What food trucks will be at Friday’s event?

There will be 13 food trucks, which is five more than what we had last month. Blue Spruce, Cafe Bella on Wheels, Cazzan’s Dirty Curty Cart, Cowboy Corner Shaved Ice, Grana’s Ice Cream, The Hungry Duckling, Kim’s Vietnamese Cuisine, Nilimas, Pagoda Pizza, Parking Lot Party, PurdyQ, The Saucee Sicilian and Stillwaffles will all be present.

4 How has the culture of food trucks in Stillwater helped make this event so successful?

As the event coordinator, this is the most simple event I’ve ever done. There’s not much logistically to it; we have music, but never anything loud and overwhelming. It’s about community, being down there with your friends and chatting.



5 If the success continues, could you foresee this going past September?

We will look at it. Because of football season, we have to see how we think it’ll work. Right now, we’re planned through September; we will probably start a month earlier next year I would think. You have to consider the weather too, because if it’s too cold there won’t be as many people.

 

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