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Fort Smith Food Truck Festival This Weekend


Organizers of the First Annual Fort Smith Food Truck Festival – one of the first events of the official summer season – say it “promises to ignite Downtown Fort Smith with a gastronomic extravaganza unlike any other.”

The Saturday, June 22, event is presented by the Fort Smith Downtown Business Association and Bar and Restaurant Committee and features a wide variety of food trucks from the Arkansas River Valley and Northwest Arkansas.

“The Fort Smith Food Truck Festival promises to be a highlight of the summer, uniting the community in a celebration of food, music and local culture,” said Stephanie Nugent, director of Fort Smith Downtown Business Association. “A diverse array of food trucks will converge, offering an eclectic fusion of flavors that celebrate the city’s rich culinary tapestry. From savory delights to sweet indulgences, there’s sure to be something to satisfy every palate.”

Nugent said the idea was proposed by one of the association’s board members who travels frequently and participated in a food truck festival in a larger city. “He brought back the idea as a fun thing for us to bring to Fort Smith,” she said. “There are similar festivals in Van Buren and other cities around, as well. We plan to make this an annual event that grows through the years.”

The following food trucks are scheduled for the event:

  • Kona Ice of Fort Smith is bringing their always popular shaved ice.
  • The Boujee Lemon of the River Valley specializes in homemade lemonades and other fresh drinks, featuring flavors such as blue raspberry, peach ring and sugar-free cherry.
  • Fayetteville-based Beaver Tails describes its offerings as “the best (authentic) Canadian poutine and indescribably delicious fried pastries… sold out of the same food truck.” Their hand-stretched whole-wheat pastries are topped with combinations from the simple Killaloe Sunrise — cinnamon, sugar and a slice of lemon — to the decadent Triple Trip — chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces.
  • Lucky’s Mini Donuts of Fort Smith offers six and 12-packs in flavors such as powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar, birthday cake and campfire.
  • Jarabes Tapatios of Fayetteville is known for its crafted shaved ice using natural fruits in 18 inventive flavors.
  • Smoky B’s BBQ and Wing Kraze of Van Buren offer ribs, brisket and pulled pork, as well as wings in a wide variety of seasonings.
  • Country Snow of Hartford sells snow cones and “snowie coffee” — a frozen blended coffee drink, as well as made-to-order cotton candy.
  • From its signature pink truck, Bella’s Boba of Fort Smith offers bubble tea in a variety of flavors, along with eggrolls, crab ragoons, firecracker shrimp, spring rolls, sushi and fried rice.
  • Brew House of Fort Smith provides a variety of smoked meats and sides.
  • Mackey’s Catfish of Russellville is known for its catfish platters (which are also available with chicken and shrimp), as well as fried pickles with homemade ranch sauce.

“Fort Smith is blessed to have an amazing variety of restaurants covering a wide range of cuisines,” Nugent said. “We hope the Food Truck Festival will bring people out to Downtown Fort Smith and encourage them to try new things and visit the local establishments as well.”

She said the event also supports their mission to bring fun, family-friendly events downtown and will help raise money for the Oktoberfest/Fall Festival.

The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Fort Smith, at the corner of 6th and Garrison. The parking lot will be blocked off and filled with food trucks and a band. Visitors can bring their chairs and spend the day and evening listening to Big Al and the Blues Cats. For more information, visit https://www.godowntownfs.org/facebook-event/fort-smith-food-truck-festival/.

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April Fatula is student publications adviser and instructor in Harding University's Department of Communication. She lives in Searcy with her husband and three children and dreams alternately of being a travel writer and drinking her coffee while it's still hot.

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