Stockbridge Food Truck Tasty Tuesdays a success
By Monroe Roark Times Correspondent
Food Truck Tasty Tuesdays are a big hit in Stockbridge.
That’s the word from City Hall as the initiative enters its final two months of 2016. The idea was conceived in the first two months of year and approved by the City Council at its February meeting. It was originally discussed as a monthly event, but it now takes place weekly.
Noting the concept’s popularity in other cities across the metro Atlanta area, city leaders saw an opportunity for a unique dining and entertainment experience in downtown Stockbridge. The first one took place April 12, and the final event this season is scheduled for Oct. 25.
“The response from the public has been overwhelmingly positive throughout the summer,” city manager Michael Harris said last week. “In addition to providing residents with a creative dining alternative on Tuesday evenings, the city was also able to use this event to disseminate important information regarding upcoming events within the city, conduct surveys on various quality-of-life topics, educate citizens on various municipal functions, and get feedback from citizens on proposed city planning initiatives.
“The City Council also used this event to provide aid to citizens by partnering with non-profit organizations to collect food, clothing and school supplies for those in need.”
The initial approval in February was for a proposal by the Atlanta Food Truck company to provide 6-8 savory food trucks and 1-2 dessert trucks for each event, with the company also providing live entertainment. The event is staged each week in the lawn adjacent to City Hall from 5:30-9 p.m. according to the city’s website.
Harris said last week that the city pays for items such as portable bathroom facilities, lighting, entertainment and security - but many of those costs are offset through vendor sponsorships.
“To date, this has equated to a net weekly cost of approximately $450,” he said.
Council members typically attend if their schedules permit and may occasionally address the crowd concerning upcoming events or initiatives, Harris said, but the event format does not stipulate weekly addresses from the city’s political leaders.
For information and, vendor and sponsor applications visit www.cityofstockbridge.com