Kick Off 2016 Food Truck Friday Season with A Frenzy - News Article

Kick Off 2016 Food Truck Friday Season with A Frenzy

Kick Off 2016 Food Truck Friday Season with A Frenzy

 The following appeared in the Akron Beacon Journal on March 16, 2016. You can view the online version here.

Like many of us, I haven’t worn a coat for a couple of days, and my mind is all about warm-weather activities like food trucks!

That was even before I got word that Food Truck Fridays would return in May to a spot just outside the downtown Akron core. Yeah, we gotta wait a few weeks. This will be the third year for the weekly lunchtime food truck rally that benefits the nonprofit Child Guidance & Family Solutions. The event will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fridays in the sizable parking lot of the agency, at North Forge and East Market streets in Akron, just west of Summa Akron City Hospital and state Route 8.

This year, Food Truck Friday will kick off with an evening Frenzy — that’s what the agency is calling it — from 4 to 8 p.m. May 13. It’ll feature a dozen trucks and music by the local band Beyonders. For the lunchtime events, about four trucks will roll in.

Judy Fowler, vice president of vice president of institutional advancement for the agency, told me she’s signed on new food trucks that will be at the Frenzy and will make appearances at the weekly event.

New trucks include Lobster Louies (lobster rolls and other seafood) from Canton Township and Betty’s Bomb A** Burgers out of Cleveland (that’s the way Betty’s spells its cheeky name), and among those returning are Wholly Frijoles, featuring “Mexican street food,” and Orange Trük, featuring a changing menu of “gastro cuisine,” such as alligator po’ boys and Angus burgers.

The trucks give a percentage of sales to the agency that provides counseling and other services to children and their families throughout the area.