Thousands flock to Fargo Food Truck Festival at new location
Mild weather helps the crowd at Food Truck Festival and Renaissance Fair
WEST FARGO — Although it may be called the "Fargo Food Truck Festival", since moving the annual event to West Fargo, organizers say it drew one of the largest crowds in its nine-year history.
While the festival's first day, Friday, Aug. 12 was a little slower, the Saturday crowd topped 3,800 people who arrived at the Red River Fairgrounds to check out not only the locally owned and operated food trucks but corgi races held shortly after the state's first Renaissance Fair closed for the day, 701 Food Trucks founder Mike Schmitz said.
Festival staff said more than 30 corgis and their families showed up Saturday evening to compete.
The Fargo Food Truck Festival was previously held in Fargo at the North Dakota Horse Park since its first event in 2013. But, this year, Schmitz worked with the Red River Valley Fair to hold the event at the fairgrounds, which landed the same weekend as a Renaissance Fair was held, by a separate company, on the grounds.
“We outgrew our original space, and everyone know where the Fair is,” Schmitz said. "Fargo’s 'flavor' not only grows by location, it also grows in flavor."
While the Food Truck Festival was held on the fairgrounds, few vendors overlapped.
“We have vendors coming from all corners of North Dakota, Britton, S.D, the Lakes area, even Minneapolis,” Schmitz said. "That included ‘58 Street Grill from Ashley, N. D., Fargo-Moorhead’s Adibon, (an African-European fusion truck,) to fan favorite Sweet Dreams Mini Donuts."
The Festival also offered free kids' inflatables each day, a daily Food Truck competition, a Foodie eating challenge on Friday, Corgi races on Saturday and other vendors.
On Sunday, a bacon challenge was held.
Since the first event in Fargo, Schmitz's festival has taken off across the state with similar food truck events held throughout the summer in Grand Forks, Bismarck and, this year, Watford City.
Throughout the festival, volunteers from TNT Kid's Fitness & Gymnastics ran a pop and water stand to earn additional money for their programs and growth. Half of the proceeds from Schmitz's drink booth was given to the gymnastics group along with tips.