Organizers hope Main St. Food Truck Festival puts spotlight on downtown

Food trucks set to bring attention to downtown LR

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Staff at Downtown Little Rock Partnership said they're bringing local talents right here to Little Rock. The partnership is stepping it up and offering cool new features that may make things easier for those attending the growing festival.

Executive Director Gabe Holmstrom said, "There are a whole variety of different food type from Asian to Cajun."

They’re focusing on bringing people downtown to Main Street.

"This is bringing a high concentration of people to downtown on a Saturday. Clearly, they're a lot of people that come here during the week for work, but they spend time in their office," said Holmstrom.

He's working with the city to get people out and walking. The hope is to increase the amount of attention needed by the community.

Holmstrom said, “What you are seeing in downtown Little Rock now is a real renewal of downtown and people are wanting to live down here."

The festival stretches all the way down Main Street from Ninth to Third Street. They'll be offering 60 food trucks, live entertainment and retail shopping. Something office manager Michael Springs says works for his business.

"It seems like when anyone comes downtown for an event, they eventually stop here," said Smith.

It’s adding a facelift to the area, but the popularity of the event brings long lines and traffic.

Smith said it's good that the city is bringing people downtown. It's a chance to gain more business, something Smith said gets better every year.

"A lot of different types of eateries that have moved downtown. I've seen a lot of places condos and apartments being constructed," he said. 

Holmstrom encourages festival goers to text “FOODTRUCK” to 313131 where you can receive a link to a map explaining where each food truck is located.


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