The threat of rain early in the afternoon Friday didn’t deter enthusiastic residents from partaking in the third food truck night hosted by the city of Dawsonville.
By the time the food trucks were ready to hand out delicious meals, the sun shone brightly and hundreds of people stopped by to sample the local fares of the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market vendors, grab a bite of various cuisines and desserts, play corn hole and enjoy the small town atmosphere.
“With the prediction of rain we were concerned… but it’s beautiful now,” said Mayor Mike Eason. “We’ve got a great crowd. Vendors seem to be happy. They’re selling food and got lines.”
Eason predicted that 400 to 500 people would stop by the food truck night based on the two previous turnouts.
“I couldn’t be happier with the turnout,” said councilmember Stephen Tolson, who attended the festivities with his wife and kids.
The trucks are set up on Bill Elliott Street and Tucker Avenue, two side streets behind the Purple Corn Boutique and next to the Dawson County News building.
The central location is easy for Dawsonville residents to access either by parking across the street at the courthouse and by the sheriff’s office or by walking from their homes in nearby subdivisions.
“The concept was to create something that people could walk to and part of downtown development is creating a walkable environment,” Tolson said.
The city provided bouncy houses and inflatable slides for kids to enjoy at no cost and expanded the festivities to include local merchants and vendors from the Amicalola Regional Farmers Market (which usually sets up shop at Veterans Memorial Park) ensuring that there was plenty to do during the Aug. 17 event.
“We’re just trying to get it so it’s a great community event,” Eason said.
Food Truck Friday began three months ago when the city hosted its first event on May 4. With the popularity of the event continuously growing in the community, the city has planned a Food Truck Friday once a month until the end of the year.
The next food truck night is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 14.