Thanks + Giving Food Truck Rodeo is coming to Chapel Hill this Sunday


Many food vendors will gather in Chapel Hill on Sunday for the Thanks + Giving Food Truck Rodeo.

It will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 1714 Legion Road. More than 12 food trucks will be present, as well as more than 15 non-profit associations.

Although there is no cost of admission, participants are encouraged to make donations for Table NC, a nonprofit organization that aims to feed local children, and the Interfaith Council for Social Service. Items that guests can donate include non-perishable foods, scarves, gloves, hats, socks, sleeping bags, towels, washcloths, razors, deodorant, and toothbrushes .

Susan Brown, executive director of community arts and culture at Chapel Hill, said the event was inspired by the results of a community engagement project.

“We’ve heard less from people about the types of things they want and more about the impacts and results they want those things to have,” Brown said. “So what we’ve found, loud and clear, is that people like events that have a real sense of community where diverse groups of people can come together, interact and spend time. “

She added that the event will feature various vendors and that organizers are taking steps to ensure vendor participation is as environmentally conscious as possible.

“We organized the food trucks and we made priority calls for black and minority owned trucks,” Brown said. “And we also require that all catering trucks have quiet generators, which makes the event more enjoyable, and we require that they use compostable service items.”

Phil Fleischmann, director of parks and recreation for the city of Chapel Hill, said the event will strive to bring people together for a good cause and for good food.

“We hope people will come to support some local vendors and non-profit organizations at the event,” he said.

Fleischmann said the food truck event featuring support-seeking nonprofits is timely, with Thanksgiving coming next week.

“I see this event as a great opportunity to bring these interests together to have a really positive impact,” he said. “We hope people will come to support some local vendors and non-profit organizations at the event. “

One of the trucks present will be The Corner Venezuelan Food. Maria Leon, the truck owner’s daughter and employee there, said being able to sell food in Chapel Hill was a great opportunity for the business.

“From the start, the reason we started the food truck was because my dad wanted to open a restaurant, but with the cost and everything that looked like, it just wasn’t doable at the time,” Leon said. “So we decided not to go to the restaurant and take a food truck instead. It’s still a lot of work, but it’s really good for us. “

She also said she loved being able to feed people in her community and that the truck had benefited from the exposure it was already able to get by parking on campus to serve students.

“This Chapel Hill concert that we had is really good because there are so many students, we love to set up the food truck outside the library,” she said. “And it’s been nice to have so many new people coming to try the food. “

Leon said patrons are expected to go out on Sunday and try out the arepas and patacons at the next rodeo, where she and many other vendors will engage with the community at large.

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