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he 2017 Race City Festival will

The Race City Festival is Mooresville’s

welcome food trucks and more

downtown celebration that coincides

than 20,000 people to down-

with the kickoff of racing at the Char-

town Mooresville on May 20th.

lotte Motor Speedway. It is annually

Photo by Captain Gus

scheduled at the start of Race Week, the

A WORD FROM

2017 Race City Festival

Today, a new generation of food lovers

opener of our celebration of all things

is lining up at food trucks and food

related to racing in our area, bring-

carts like never before. Like so many

ing thousands to the Charlotte Motor

other popular trends that attract millen-

Speedway and the All-Star Race.

nials, food trucks are the latest version of a memory in American history and

The festival itself starts on Saturday,

world culture. Food trucks have been

May 20th and runs from 9 a.m. until

on the streets, in neighborhood pods,

5 p.m., rain or shine! Main Street and

and private events for years. Coming on

Broad Street will be closed to traffic be-

strong in 2017 are food trucks paired

tween Iredell and McClellan Avenues.

with beverage makers for a full meal in

Filling the streets you’ll find a colorful

one stop. Wineries, breweries, and dis-

festival of food trucks, crafts, games,

tilleries are forming partnerships with

and entertainment. With nearly 200

food truckers to pair food with bever-

vendors, this year’s festival will feature

ages. Food truckers are becoming more

our children's entertainment area,

creative as a result of tight vending

dance troupes, live music, aerobic mar-

regulation, overcrowding of food trucks,

tial arts performances, a variety of arts

and new ideas to serve consumers.

and crafts, and even a spotlight on locally grown produce and products. En-

Local means everything in food in

tertainment will be provided through-

2017. The new twist to mobile food

out the day with a main stage offering a

menu favorites is locally grown in-

variety of different acts. The main stage

gredients. Food truckers are turning

will be positioned on Broad Street in

to suppliers that are partnering with

the food truck court and beer garden

local growers and producers, and even

area near the Mooresville Christian Mis-

stepping into farming or artisanal

sion. Because we are a racing commu-

preserving themselves. The benefits?

nity, NASCAR will also have a spotlight

Strong flavors, wholesome ingredients,

with race cars and historic automobiles

more connections between consumers,

from area motorsports museums and

food truckers, and producers. Where

other participating vendors. Pick up a

was that fish caught? Who grew those

racing collectable or a beautiful piece of

salad greens? Who made that amazing

locally produced artwork. There will be

strawberry jam, or pickles, or bread?

family fun and food for everyone.

As the world becomes more connected

Kirk Ballard President and CEO Mooresville - South Iredell Chamber of Commerce 30

IREDELL IREDELL LIVING LIVING •• MAY MAY 2017 2017

and people care more and more about

The 2017 festival will welcome young

their food and the environment, locally

and old to downtown Mooresville. Ev-

produced ingredients are making a

eryone will be there! You should be, too.

huge impact on food trucks this year.

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