Serving up a good time

Food Truck Festival returns for second year

Food, vendors, entertainment, and jump castles galore. The Minot Food Truck Festival is returning for a second year with bigger offerings and bigger goals.

On Sunday starting at 11 a.m. and running until 8 p.m., the Food Truck Festival will take over Oak Park. There are 24 food trucks expected, more than 20 vendors, and a family area and kid zone full of things to do.

The Minot Food Truck Festival raises money for NDStrong, an educational non-profit that works to teach students, teachers, and youtubers alike the importance of filmmaking and social media literacy. Proceeds go to help them with their goals and activities.

In the first year of the festival, the outcome had been more than those in charge had expected.

“It was awesome,” said Eric Thoemke. “We were only anticipating around 1,500 and ended up with 5,000 people.”

For the second year, he hopes to double the attendance.

For the 2nd Minot Food Truck Festival, 24 different food trucks are being brought in, some travelling to attend and take part. Alongside the trucks will be 20 or more vendors and alongside it all will be a kid zone that is expected to be a hit.

“The Kid Zone is always a highlight and everything is pretty eyecatching from the road,” said Thoemke.

This year’s kid zone will feature 15 jumping castles, laser tag, mobile mini golf, a dunk tank and face painting. Eyecatching and busy, the kid zone is expected to keep kids entertained and provide a good time.

No event is complete without entertainment and the Food Truck Festival won’t miss out. To add to all that is going on, local talent and entertainment will be performing for attendees to enjoy.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at minotfoodtruckfestival.com or can be purchased the day of at Oak Park. They cost $5 for adults, $4 for students, and $3 for children. Military discount takes adult tickets down to $3.

“It’s going to be a hit,” Thoemke said.

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