good food ➼ ➼ WHY I STOP FOR FOOD TRUCKS
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STORY AND PHOTOS BY LISA FLOREY
ood trucks today are so much more than a hot dog cart on the corner of a city street. From decked-out vans to converted school buses and vintage trailers, these mobile kitchens dole out tasty food made to order. Popular attractions in metropolitan areas from coast to coast, food trucks have hit the streets of the Ozarks. Springfield, Mo., and Bentonville, Ark., are two cities in the region that have dedicated spaces for food trucks. And then there’s the food truck festivals that are draw foodies who come from hours away to sample the fares. These family-friendly events have something for everyone and showcase local flavors, music and more. One popular food truck festival is Carthage’s Food Truck Fridays, held from 12-9 p.m. the second Friday of each month from April through September. In its second year, this event draws over a thousand people each time, with some diners coming from as far away as Kansas City. Started in 2016 by food truck entrepreneur Caleb Stiles, Food Truck Friday has brought more than new tastes to the community.
“I want to give Carthage more options for food and entertainment in town,” Stiles said. “I have a passion for my community and its people to make more of what we already have.”