If nothing else, Saturday’s Frederick Food Truck Festival makes a strong argument for waiting until the time is right.
“Originally, I think we were going to try and do it in the summer of last year — maybe May,” Lorenzo Nichols, one of the event’s organizers, recently told me. “The original idea was only really going to be, like, four food trucks, a couple bands — it wasn’t going to be anything super big. It was just like, ‘Let’s put something cool together.’”
One year later, Nichols, along with his group of friends, are still going to put something cool together; they probably just didn’t realize how much bigger it could be when they decided to press the pause button in 2018. With nearly 1,000 tickets already sold, the first Frederick Food Truck Festival appears to be in good position to add itself to the growing list of staples in Frederick’s always cluttered Event Land.
Kicking off at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Frederick Fairgrounds, the festival will feature approximately 15 food trucks and 10 musical acts. Sponsored by Rockwell Brewery and Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard, tickets at the door will be available for $20 while kids under the age of 7 will be admitted free. In addition to the food and the music, the event will offer life-sized board games, a host of vendors and, naturally, inflatable fun for the youngsters.
Between permitting, mapping, selling sponsorships and booking the vendors, the extra year helped Nichols and his group. Going into today, they are producing one of the most promising new events Frederick has seen in a while. This is only the beginning, he insists, as plans for next year’s installment will begin at about 7 p.m. Saturday, after the final cuisine is served and the electricity of the music is unplugged.
“As we started talking about it more, we were like, ‘we could make this a bigger thing, so why don’t we push it back?’” Nichols explained. “Then we did In The Street last year. We got feedback from that and decided for sure to push it back to give us the time to really plan it, this being the first one. We wanted to figure out the kinks, what we could fix, all the things that go into doing it.”