I wanted to take a moment on behalf of NDstrong, the organizers of the Minot Food Truck Festival, to thank the community of Minot and the surrounding areas for their amazing support this past weekend! When we began to plan this festival, we anticipated an attendance of about five to six hundred. Even in our wildest imaginings we couldn’t see more than a few thousand coming.
You cannot imagine our surprise when over 5,000 people showed up to support the festival! Everyone was overwhelmed at the amazing turnout.
I want to thank all of the vendors and food/drink providers for being a part of this event. Without you, this would have been nothing. Most of all, though, I want to thank our community.
Over the past five to ten years, I have heard a lot of negativity about our community. Many say that Minot has changed for the worse and we’re no longer the Midwestern community we once were. If there’s one thing I learned this weekend, it is that the Minot community is stronger than ever!
Going into the festival, we had less than 20 volunteers willing to help. True to North Dakota values, however, people who came to attend saw how overwhelmed we were and volunteered to help on the spot! Where else in the world does that happen? No where else!
While food lines were long, I had so many people tell me that they didn’t mind, they were just happy to have an event like this in our city. We were met with such grace and understanding, it blew all of us away! We are all so proud to call Minot our home and live in this amazing state. It is because of the community that we are able to do events like the Food Truck Festival. Please know that, from the bottom of our hearts, we appreciate you and are humbled by your graciousness.
We promise that this will not be the last Minot Food Truck Festival! Watch for us next year! We appreciate all of the comments and constructive ideas from the community and would love to hear your feedback. Simply leave a post on the Minot Food Truck Festival Facebook page and we will take your comments under advisement as we plan for next year. Also keep your eye on our page to see updates and for information on how to get involved next year. Thank you again! We look forward to serving you again next summer!