Downtown Little Rock Partnership began focusing on downtown Little Rock Main Street’s empty buildings and boarded up windows seven years ago. They formed a task force that has met monthly to guide plans for streetscape, safety and incentives for use of existing structures to spur development. The Main Street Food Truck Festival was created to support Downtown Little Rock Partnership in that process and to bring people back to Main Street.
Since the festival began, numerous businesses and restaurants have made the 300 block their home. The list includes Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill, Bruno’s Italian Restaurant, Soul Fish Café, Brewski’s Pub & Grub, CJRW, Waymack and Crew, and Acxiom. New restaurants Ira’s and A.W. Lin’s are scheduled to join soon. The heart of Main Street has been named the Main Street Creative Corridor and is also home to Ballet Arkansas, Cranford Co., the Little Rock Technology Park and others. A theater education class space for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre has opened across from the main theater on Main Street along with Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery and Bella Vita Jewelry around the corner. Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling opened last year, in the refurbished Arkansas Democrat building.
“It’s amazing to me to see the people who love the city and who have gotten involved in plans for Main Street revitalization,” said Mayor Mark Stodola. “We all know that investment in Main Street is an investment in our future as a city. With over $100 million in investment in our new Main Street Creative Corridor, this year’s attendees will see a transformed Main Street!”
Past festivals have caught the eye of online magazine vacationidea.com, and the event has been listed as one of the top ten “Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States.” Arkansas Times readers have voted the MSFTF as one of the top food festivals in Arkansas. It has also received numerous ALFIE awards, including 2nd Place in the category of Festival of the Year, which is presented by Arkansas Festival & Events Association. In 2017, the Main Street Food Truck Festival was named an official “Southern Travel Treasure” by AAA Southern Traveler.
For more Main Street Food Truck Festival information:
- Downtown Little Rock Partnership at 501-375-0121
The Creative Corridor
An award-winning plan called the Creative Corridor was designed for 3rd to 6th and complemented, if not jumpstarted, the renaissance taking place on Main Street.
We can’t do it without our volunteers! It’s anticipated that there will be 700 volunteers involved with the 2017 Main Street Food Truck Festival!
We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity. Visit our Volunteers page to sign up or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 501-375-0121.
The 2017 Main Street Food Truck Festival Committee members
The Main Street Food Truck Festival is presented by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership (DLRP) and the Main Street Revitalization Task Force chaired by Mayor Mark Stodola and DLRP Board Member Anne Laidlaw, director of Arkansas Building Authority.
Michael Sullivan (Cloud Media, chair)
Bryce Nall (Budweiser, vice chair)
Anne Laidlaw (Arkansas Building Authority, Main Street Revitalization Task Force co-chair)
Gabe Holmstrom (DLRP Executive Director)
Chellie Longstreth (DLRP Events Director)
Becky Falkowski (DLRP Operations and Programs Director)
Brad McCray (Club Level)
Brandy Thomason McNair (Bella Vita Jewelry)
Becky Barnes Campbell (Noble Strategies, Inc.)
Deanna Fleming (Mystery Mansion)
CC (The Southern Gourmasian)
Tinessa Bryant (Bryant’s BBQ)
Tracey Chesser (Heifer International)
Holly Herlocker (Holly Herlocker Design Studio)
Anderson Penix (DLRP Communications Director)