The 2018 Race City Festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary. On May 12, we welcome food trucks and more than 20,000 people to downtown Mooresville.
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 attracting millennials, food trucks are the latest version of an older part of American history and world culture. Food trucks have been on the streets, in neighborhood pods, and private events for years. Coming on strong in 2018 are food trucks paired with beverage makers for a full meal in one stop. Wineries, breweries, and distilleries are partnering with food truckers, making food and drink choices easy. 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 2018. 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 benefit? 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.
Rain or shine, the festival itself starts on Saturday, May 12th and runs from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Main Street and Broad Street will be closed to traffic between Iredell and McLelland Avenues. Filling the street will be a colorful festival of food trucks, crafts, games, and entertainment. With nearly 200 vendors, this year’s festival will be complete with a 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 the main stage offering various performances. 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 spotlight race cars and historic automobiles from some of our 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 2018 festival welcomes young and old to downtown Mooresville. Everyone will be there. You should be there, too!