Burke Street Food Truck Festival
Burke Street Food Truck Festival Information Page
Saturday, April 8, 2017
Get access to the Burke Street Food Truck Festival one full hour before it is open to the public. Only 300 tickets will be sold for the VIP hour so you will have plenty of time to order and get your food from several trucks before the festival officially opens. Invite friends, divide and conquer, and have full bellies by 3pm!
Ways to Get Involved with the 2017 Festival
Please Note: The Application deadline for Food Trucks, nonprofits, and art vendors has passed. All vendors have been selected and notified. We are not accepting any additional vendors at this time.
Live, Local Music on Two Stages
Main Stage brought to you by the Ginther Group
The Red Umber / The Finks / Jukebox Revolver / Big Ron Hunter
Local Stage brought to you by Relish: A Spicy Mix
J. Timber / SonDown Reggae / Doug Davis and the Solid Citizens
Thank you to our supporting sponsors:
About Burke Street Food Truck Festival
For Immediate Release:
2017 Burke street Food Truck Festival
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (March 30, 2017) – The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is proud to the expanded 5th Annual Burke Street Food Truck Festival on Saturday, April 8, from 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Burke Street and part of Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. In addition to 65 food trucks over a half-mile stretch from Burke Street up to the corner of Fourth and Broad streets, the festival will include art vendors, live music, a children’s area, nonprofit information tables, and other new amenities and attractions. Two stages will feature live music by popular local musicians. New in 2017 will be Swami Flea (formerly Hoots Flea) joining the festival as well as a DJ to entertain people on Fourth Street.
The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is the presenting and philanthropic sponsor this year. All net proceeds from the event will benefit The Arts Council grants and programs that support local artists, arts organizations, and serve the greater community through the arts.
The food trucks will represent a variety of North Carolina cities and cuisines, including some vegetarian and gluten-free options. For the second year in a row, there are VIP benefits: a $20 tickets are available in advance online from Eventbrite and gives access to the trucks for a full hour before the festival is open free to the public and a beverage of choice from designated beverage areas.
The Winston-Salem law firm of Allman Spry will be sponsoring the VIP area. “Allman Spry is pleased to once again sponsor the VIP Hour of the Burke Street Food Truck Festival,” said Allman Spry attorney Jodi Hildebran, “As a firm deeply rooted in Winston-Salem, we are committed to the continued growth and vitality of our city and we are proud to partner with the Arts Council to promote this fantastic event.”
Susan Morris from The Arts Council said, “We have seen amazing growth in the festival since Reggie, Bethany, and I started the two-block, 2013 festival when food trucks were an emerging culinary phenomenon in the Triad. Still we drew about 3,000 people in 2013 and vendors were almost overwhelmed by the turnout. Last year, the foot print expanded to half mile, the number of food trucks increased to 60, tables and chairs and large comfort stations were included to make the experience more comfortable for festival attendees, and to highlight the arts in our community we incorporated an art vendor area, and two stages for live, local music. Through its partnership with The Arts Council, it truly became a celebration of culinary, visual, and performing arts. This was an event the community definitely embraced; approximately 15,000 attendees participated in the 2016 six-hour event. With the increase in footprint and the number of food trucks, The Burke Street Food Truck Festival became the largest food truck festival in the state. Each year we try to add elements to make the experience better for everyone.”
Co-founder Reggie Delahanty adds, “The Burke Street Food Truck Festival started simply as a way for a few of us who couldn’t cut a big check, and definitely didn’t have the chops to take on the next transformative downtown project, to show our love for the City of Winston-Salem and channel some of that downtown energy into the Burke Street area. The event has grown beyond our wildest imaginations and it was exhilarating to be recognized in February with a Downtown Excellence Award at the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership’s annual breakfast for our efforts. We are now obligated to make certain that the 5th annual event will be the most “excellent” edition yet. Expect a lot of what you already love on April 8th, but also be prepared to experience 20 primo first-time food truck participants in the field of 65, a more eclectic and diverse performer list, and a ramped up creative marketplace and kids’ area.”
About the Creators/Organizers of the Burke Street Food Truck Festival:
The Burke Street Food Truck Festival was created in 2013 by three friends who loved food trucks – Reggie Delahanty, Bethany Davoll, and Susan Morris. They have never received any portion of the proceeds and continue to volunteer their services as proud members of our community. Once they realized that the festival needed to grow due to audience demand, they hired an event management group to assist with the logistics of the event. When the festival turned a profit, it the decision was made to donate the net proceeds to The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, where Susan Morris is an employee. The funds are used to support the mission of The Arts Council of supporting artists, arts organizations, and serving the greater community through the arts.