The 2017 Race City Festival will welcome food trucks and more than 20,000 people to downtown Mooresville on May 20th.
Today, a new generation of food lovers is lining up at food trucks and food carts like never before. Like so many other popular trends that attract millennials, food trucks are the latest version of a memory in American history and world culture. Food trucks have been on the streets, in neighborhood pods, and private events for years. Coming on strong in 2017 are food trucks paired with beverage makers for a full meal in one stop. Wineries, breweries, and distilleries are forming partnerships with food truckers to pair food with beverages. Food truckers are becoming more creative as a result of tight vending regulation, overcrowding of food trucks, and new ideas to serve consumers.
Local means everything in food in 2017. The new twist to mobile food menu favorites is locally grown ingredients. Food truckers are turning to suppliers that are partnering with local growers and producers, and even stepping into farming or artisanal preserving themselves. The benefits? Strong flavors, wholesome ingredients, more connections between consumers, food truckers, and producers. Where was that fish caught? Who grew those salad greens? Who made that amazing strawberry jam, or pickles, or bread? As the world becomes more connected and people care more and more about their food and the environment, locally produced ingredients are making a huge impact on food trucks this year.
The Race City Festival is Mooresville’s downtown celebration that coincides with the kickoff of racing at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. It is annually scheduled at the start of Race Week, the opener of our celebration of all things related to racing in our area, bringing thousands to the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the All-Star Race.
The festival itself starts on Saturday, May 20th and runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine! Main Street and Broad Street will be closed to traffic between Iredell and McClellan Avenues. Filling the streets you’ll find a colorful festival of food trucks, crafts, games, and entertainment. With nearly 200 vendors, this year’s festival will feature our children's entertainment area, dance troupes, live music, aerobic martial arts performances, a variety of arts and crafts, and even a spotlight on locally grown produce and products. Entertainment will be provided throughout the day with a main stage offering a variety of different acts. The main stage will be positioned on Broad Street in the food truck court and beer garden area near the Mooresville Christian Mission. Because we are a racing community, NASCAR will also have a spotlight with race cars and historic automobiles from area motorsports museums and other participating vendors. Pick up a racing collectable or a beautiful piece of locally produced artwork. There will be family fun and food for everyone.
The 2017 festival will welcome young and old to downtown Mooresville. Everyone will be there! You should be, too.