Food, fresh produce and music at Newark’s Food Truck Rodeo

This past Thursday, July 27th another crowd gathered on Church Street next to Central Park in Newark for the Food Truck Rodeo at the Newark Farmers’ Market.

Regular market vendors were joined by a variety of food trucks offering up a variety of food and refreshments from barbecue ribs to coffee. Food trucks included Riblicious, El Morro, the Buffalonian, Lickety Split BBQ Pit, Dar’s Delights, Little Red Wagon and market regular Imprint Coffee

The market also welcomed Steven Cali thanks to Big Dog Country Radio who helped line him up. Cali sang, strumming guitar, his country music in the gazebo while guests enjoyed food and snacks from the rodeo.

This rodeo is the third of its kind hosted by the Market, sponsored by the Newark Chamber of Commerce. Chamber President Jessica Wells said they came up with the rodeo idea last year as Chamber members were brainstorming ways to make the farmers’ market more of a community event. There’s something about a food truck everybody enjoys and visitors sure liked those who came to Newark.

“They were a huge success,” Wells said. “It was the same people who love food.”

Last year’s two rodeos drew hundreds of hungry guests and regular market vendors ran out of stock quickly. Wells said it was obvious they needed to bring the rodeo back again this year.

Thursday’s rainy weather may have kept some guests away but crowds were still filling Church Street and keeping vendors busy.

Another Food Truck Rodeo will be held at the Newark Farmers’ Market on Thursday, Sept. 28th beginning at 2:30 p.m. Wells said they are still confirming food truck attendance but they would like to have a wine tasting vendor join them. Food truck owners are welcome to sign up.

“Anything unique or different,” Wells said. “Of course, local is the first criteria,” but that doesn’t keep away food trucks from the entire region, Wells added.

Anyone interested in taking part in the Market or the next Food Truck Rodeo can call the Chamber office at 331-2705 or email [email protected].

Tammy Whitacre is a reporter for FL1 News covering Seneca and Wayne counties. Send news tips to [email protected] and follow @FL1_TWhitacre for the latest.

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