Cary will host first food truck rodeo

aspecht@newsobserver.comJune 16, 2014 

  • The lineup

    The following food trucks are scheduled to appear at Cary’s “Chatham Street Chowdown” on Sunday:

    American Meltdown


    Baton Rouge Cuisine

    Big Mike’s BBQ

    Chais Global Street Food

    Chatham Hill Winery


    Dusty’s Donuts

    Fortnight Brewing Company

    Greek Gussy’s

    La Farm Bakery

    Olio & Aceto

    Philly Cheesesteaks


    The Freezing Pointe

    The Humble Pig

    Sōl Tacos

— Mark Sunday down in Cary history.

That’s when Cary will shed its status as the biggest town in the Triangle to have never hosted a food truck rodeo.

The town plans to host the “Chatham Street Chowdown” from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday in downtown Cary.

As part of the free event, 15 food trucks will park along Chatham Street from Harrison Avenue to Academy Street.

The town decided to host the event for two reasons, according to Ted Boyd, Cary’s downtown manager.

One: “Food trucks are really popular and have great food,” he said. “It’s a fun gathering that creates a cool community.”

Two: to show off the downtown that Cary is spending millions of dollars revive.

“We want to show our residents that they don’t have to go to Raleigh to have fun,” Boyd said. “There’s stuff in their own town that they can come to.”

He recommended that folks park at Town Hall – located at 316 N. Academy St. – and walk to the chowdown.

The corner of Academy and Chatham offers a good look at The Cary, a theater the town spent $6 million to renovate, as well as several restaurants and shops.

Boyd said he talked to several local restaurant owners who support the idea of a food truck rodeo.

“I haven’t gotten any negative feedback,” he said.

The event will also give Caryites a taste of more to come.

The town doesn’t currently have food truck regulations, so the businesses are considered prohibited.

But that will change soon. Cary staff recently drafted some regulations that will likely go before the Town Council for approval some time in August.

The town may consider hosting another rodeo before too long if Sunday’s event goes well, Boyd said.

Specht: 919-460-2608; Twitter: @AndySpecht

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