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BUZZ GROWS AND SO DOES FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY - The Morning Sun, by James McKinnie
June 8, 2018

THE MORNING SUN

Food Truck Friday – growing in offerings and customers – continued this week with more food to offer Mt. Pleasant residents at the Central Michigan University Research Corporation.

“I wanted to come out and see all of the different options,” Tracey Bartell said. “This is my first time at this event. I heard about it last year and today I decided to get out here and see what was happening.”

Bartell picked a philly cheese steak burrito from the BBQ Grub stand.

“It sounded good, so that’s what I went with,” she said. “We’re going to try to come out here every week to try something different and see how it all goes.”

Vanessa Spratt operates a soul food stand called Soul Sista’s, which offers chicken meals, peach cobbler and banana-strawberry pudding cake.

“There’s a lot more food trucks than I’ve seen in the last two years,” she said. “They’re going to have to start expanding or something because there’s a lot more trucks than normal.”

Some parents brought their kids out to celebrate the last day of school and the weather.

“I like seeing how much its grown over the years,” Carlin Black said. “It has been kind of a small event the last two years, but it’s way busier this time around. It’s fun to see everyone come out.”

Other couples wanted to try something different than what’s offered in the city.

“There are a lot of exciting things about it,” Erick Fredendall said. “I thought I would check it out with my fiance, and here we are. We’ve kind of exhausted a lot of the restaurants in town, so it’s really nice that we can have BBQ brisket and things that you might not get in local places.”

“He’s been talking about this for a little while now,” Liz Whittemore said. “I’m really excited for the diversity. There’s not really a lot of ethnic options in town. Where we’re from our favorite places are thai and mexican.”

Ben Lapere helps to operate the 3 Lil Pigs BBQ stand by making brisket lunch meals, walking ribs, caramel apple nachos and a parfait cone that includes cornbread, pulled pork, macaroni and cheese with a drizzle of BBQ sauce.

“I think it’s fantastic,” he said. “The weather is beautiful, there’s a lot of people out here, it’s just amazing. All of the food is amazing and everything is on point.”

Heather Schlorff waited patiently in one of the event’s longer lines to order from the barbecue stand.

“I ordered the brisket grilled cheese,” she said. “I have never been to this event before, so I’m looking forward to the barbecue. The food trucks are intriguing to me because I’ve never had food from a food truck before, so I wanted to see what it was all about.”

Steve Szukhent’s truck had an array of options for customers.

“I have wings, coney dogs, pork sandwiches, and homemade chips,” he said. “This is my first time at Food Truck Friday and only my third trip out with my truck. I heard about it through friends, and I wanted to get out of the 40-week grind. I’ll be out here for the rest of the summer.”

To cool off after all of the hot food, there’s an ice cream novelty stand ran by Daniels Fischer called Sweet Treats Ice Cream.

“This is my second time here,” he said. “Food Truck Friday is a great event. Not just for us, but for the community. It’s a real good time that I’m glad to be apart of.”

Food Truck Friday will continue every Friday through August from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the CMURC’s front parking lot at 2625 Denison Drive.