KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A new event was added to Knoxville’s First Friday this week. Food trucks from throughout the city came together for the first ever food truck park.
Food trucks are becoming a staple in Knoxville particularly in the downtown area.
“It’s nice that we can get food like this outside. It’s fun,” said George Cowan.
Several of the trucks were parked beside the Blue Slip Winery for the first ever food truck park in Knoxville, modeled after food truck parks in larger cities.
“The combination of wonderful wine and great fresh made food in this setting is unbeatable,” said Blaine Hopkins.
It is a movement everyone there, including Tootsie Truck owner Rebecca Saldivar, says they are happy to see.
“We’ve attempted to do things like this in the past, but now we really have enough food trucks to really pull this off, so it’s really exciting to see this all finally happen,” said Saldivar.
Of Knoxville’s 11 licensed food trucks, seven were at the food truck park. They had everything from burgers and fries, to gourmet food and crepes, giving everyone something to choose from.
“I think Knoxville is enjoying food trucks. We’ve had a lot of support from the city throughout this whole process, and now Knoxville is finally getting to reap the benefits of all that hard work,” said Saldivar.
Some out there said they are glad to see more attention on a part of Knoxville that is continuing to grow.
Downtown and several surrounding blocks have seen a big business boom in recent months, and some believe the food trucks are helping draw even more people out.
“I live down here. I socialize down here. I work down here. And now I eat down here,” said Hopkins.
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